Growing up in Kernersville, North Carolina, Chris Lane listened to all of the requisite country music staples: Alan Jackson, George Strait, KennyChesney and Garth Brooks. But as a child of the Nineties, he was also shaped by the smooth pop and R&B sounds of artists like Justin Timberlake, Usher and the Backstreet Boys. Now, as he prepares to release his anticipated debut EP for Big Loud Records, Lane has drawn upon those influences to create music for the modern country fan.
His new single "Fix" showcases that impressively natural singing style. Written by Sarah Buxton, Jesse Frasure and Abe Stoklasa, the song is a vibrant jam, about finding that one person who gives you exactly what you need. Lane delivers it with a southern voice and a sophisticated touch, announcing the arrival of a new brand of country star — one with a keen ear for what fans are listening to today.
Along with "Fix," other standouts include the romantic escape "For Her," the heartbreaking "Drinkin' Games," which Lane co-wrote, and the simply titled "Cool," which cleverly mines old-school nostalgia. The magnificent "Stolen Car," however — with its infectious "had to have you" refrain — is Lane at his all-out best. It's a song that Buxton (Keith Urban's "Stupid Boy," Florida Georgia Line's "Sun Daze") wrote especially for the versatile vocalist and calls to mind the pop finesse of Timberlake and the musical savvy of Keith Urban.