Florida Georgia Line, Lauren Alaina Help Celebrate Kane Brown’s First No. 1

Pictured (L-R): Sony Music Nashville’s Randy Goodman, BMI’s Bradley Collins, Universal Music Publishing’s Kent Earls, Martha Earls, Lauren Alaina, Kane Brown, Matt McGinn, SMACK’s Robin Palmer, Jordan Schmidt, SESAC’s Shannan Hatch, SMACK’s Shane McAnally, Tree Vibez Music’s Brian Kelley, ASCAP’s Mike Sistad and Dann Huff. (Photo: Jason Kempin) [Click photo to enlarge]

It was an all-star party at the BMI Nashville office this week to celebrate RCA Nashville/Zone 4 artist Kane Brown’s No. 1 hit “What Ifs,” featuring guest vocals from Lauren Alaina.

Alaina, as well as Florida Georgia Line members Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, were on hand to help celebrate the chart-topper, which was penned by Brown along with SESAC writer Matt McGinn and ASCAP writer Jordan Schmidt.

The track marked the first No. 1 as songwriters for Brown and McGinn. Tree Vibez Music owners Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard were on hand to support Tree Vibez writer Jordan Schmidt.

Also celebrating were ASCAP’s Mike Sistad, SESAC’s Shannan Hatch, BMI’s Bradley Collins, Sony Music Nashville’s Randy Goodman, RCA Nashville’s Dennis Reese, SMACKSongs’ Shane McAnally and Robin Palmer, UMPG’s Kent Earls, Brown’s manager Martha Earls, and producer Dann Huff. Also presenting honors were MusicRow Magazine’s Sherod Robertson and CMA’s Brandi Simms.

Billboard’s Jim Asker was on hand to recognize Brown for being the first artist in Billboard history to top all five Billboard Country charts simultaneously.

The No. 1 was extra special for Brown and Alaina, who were former middle school choir classmates. They were surprised during the No. 1 party with a visit from their former middle school choir teacher, Mr. Lamar Gillespie (Mr. G). Pinnacle Bank also presented a donation on behalf of Kane Brown to the CMA Foundation to support music education.


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