Former UNC Charlotte baseball player tops country charts

Former UNC Charlotte baseball player tops country charts
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It’s been a good week for Chris Lane.

The North Carolina native and former UNC Charlotte baseball player hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart for his hit “Fix” and released his first solo album “Girl Problems” last Friday.

#1 celebration last night with @kelseaballerini 😊

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Lane has been generating a lot of buzz as a rising country star since touring with Florida-Georgia Line in 2014. You can catch him at the N.C. State Fair on October 16 or wait until he swings by Coyote Joe’s in Charlotte on November 26.

Here’s what you need to know about the native Tar Heel:

  • He’s 31 years old and has a twin brother. They both played baseball at UNC Charlotte.
  • His senior year profile lists him as an outfielder who majored in geography.
  • He formerly fronted The Chris Lane Band, and their 2012 album “Let’s Ride” landed briefly on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
  • He’s got a killer haircut and credits Keith Urban as a top influence.

My debut album #GirlProblems is available now! 😊 LINK IN BIO!!

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I listened to his new album twice this week (you’re welcome), and it’s pretty clear his influence is more on the pop-country side like Urban. He’s got an impressive falsetto that wasn’t as apparent from just jamming to “Fix” in the car.

If you’re looking for some track recommendations, I’d go with “Back to Me,” “Circles” and “Girl Problems.” I’m not into bro country lyrics (too many girls in blue jeans), but if you’re a fan of this subgenre, you also might like “Her Own Kind of Beautiful” or “Saturday Night.”

Plus, check out the fun cover of Mario’s “Let Me Love You.”

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