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Kane Brown, H.E.R. Team Up for ‘Blessed & Free’ Duet

R&B-flavored track follows Brown’s recent collaborations with Chris Young and Blackbear

Kane Brown’s collaborative streak continues with “Blessed & Free,” the country singer’s new recording with R&B singer-guitarist H.E.R. It follows the recent Blackbear collaboration “Memory” as well as the hit duet “Famous Friends” with Chris Young.

Brown wrote the song with H.E.R. and an army of co-writers — Ilsey Juber, Denzel Michael-Akil Baptiste, David Biral, and Russell James Chell Jr. — and it has a stylistic resemblance to the “Focus” performer’s sensual, melancholy brand of R&B with its descending electric guitar riff and spacious production. Brown takes the first verse, singing about “old days, dust, and dreams” that plague him, and H.E.R. handles lead duties on the second verse as the beat drops.

They come together on the chorus, which expounds on a theme of solitary struggles and self-reflection. “I ain’t hurtin’ nobody/So just let me be/I got good intentions,” they sing. “I don’t need your blessings/’Cause I’m already blessed, I’m already blessed and free.”

In June, H.E.R. released the full-length album Back of My Mind, which included the singles “Damage” and “Come Through.” The album also features “Hold On,” which H.E.R. performed with Chris Stapleton during the 2021 CMT Awards.

Brown’s latest release is 2020’s Mixtape, Vol. 1, featuring the John Legend collaboration “Last Time I Say Sorry” and “Worldwide Beautiful.” Brown also just announced his headlining Blessed & Free Tour, which kicks off in Sacramento, California, on October 1st.

Blessed & Free Tour Dates:

October 1 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
October 2 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
October 8 – Nampa, ID @ Ford Idaho Center
October 9 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Arena
October 10 – Denver, CO @ Ball Arena
October 14 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Center
October 15 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
October 16 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
October 17 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
October 22 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
October 23 – Memphis, TN @ FedExForum
October 24 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena
November 4 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
November 5 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
November 6 – State College, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center
November 19 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
November 20 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena
November 21 – Cleveland, OH @ Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
December 2 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena
December 3 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
December 4 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
January 6 – Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse
January 7 – Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center
January 8 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
January 13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
January 14 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
January 15 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
January 20 – Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum
January 21 – Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
January 22 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
January 27 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
January 28 – Seattle, WA @ Climate Pledge Arena
January 30 – San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center
February 3 – Phoenix, AZ @ Phoenix Suns Arena
February 4 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena

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