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He hoped to play pro baseball. Now he’s a rising country star — and coming to Kennewick

Chris Lane
Chris Lane

Chris Lane didn’t grow up dreaming of being a country star.

He’d hoped to play professional baseball, even suiting up for his college team.

But he eventually was sidelined by knee injuries, so he picked up a guitar and started writing songs.

“It’s crazy how it all worked out,” Lane told the Herald. “I’m doing what I feel like I was truly meant to do.”

Lane, a rising country artist known for hits such as For Her and Fix, is on tour with Florida Georgia Line and Nelly.

Their tour, called The Smooth Tour, stops at the Toyota Center in Kennewick on Sept. 21. Some tickets still are left, starting at $69.75.

The superstar country duo Florida Georgia Line includes Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley. The guys have sold more than 3.5 million albums worldwide and racked up numerous honors.

They’re joined on tour by Nelly, one of the best-selling rappers of all time, with 21 million albums sold in the U.S. alone.

Nelly has won three Grammy Awards, including Best Male Rap Solo Performance for Hot in Herre.

He collaborated with Florida Georgia Line on a remix of the duo’s hit Cruise. And he joined the guys — Lane, too — on a summer ballpark tour a few years ago.

Lane said fans shouldn’t miss the Toyota Center concert.

“It’s the biggest party of the summer, no doubt about it. The show is fun from front to back. Nelly always kills it. Florida Georgia Line always kills it. It’s my job to get it started,” he said.

It’s the biggest party of the summer, no doubt about it. The show is fun from front to back. Nelly always kills it. Florida Georgia Line always kills it. It’s my job to get it started.

Chris Lane

Lane grew up in North Carolina. He and his twin brother, Cory, played multiple sports in high school and were part of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s baseball team.

Lane always loved music and would sing along to the radio, but he didn’t get serious about performing until his sports career was finished.

He started a cover band and eventually began writing his own songs. Before too long, people began showing up to performances knowing the words to songs he’d written.

That was something special, he said. It felt right.

“Music is something I didn’t know I was passionate about until I really got into it. My passion for music outweighed what I felt for sports,” he said.

In a career that’s been packed with highlights of late — from picking up accolades to performing on The Bachelor, a guilty pleasure of his — The Smooth Tour has been a particular blast, Lane said.

Florida Georgia Line and Nelly are great, Lane said. And his twin brother, Cory, is on the road with him, playing drums in his band.

“It’s been the coolest year of my career so far,” Lane said.

And, he added: “Be ready for the (Toyota Center) show. It’s going to be fun.”

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and the Toyota Center box office. Those purchased through the box office avoid service charges.

Sara Schilling: 509-582-1529, @SaraTCHerald

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