On the heels of the Season 4 premiere of his hit television series “Leverage” on TNT, Oklahoma-bred actor/musician Christian Kane released his much-anticipated second single “Let Me Go” to radio today.
The song, produced by Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” and Kiss’s “Destroyer”) and Jimmie Lee Sloas (Reba McEntire, Lee Ann Womack and Danny Gokey), and written by hitmakers Casey Beathard (“Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo” and “Drinkin’ Bone” by Tracy Byrd and “Beer Man” by Trent Willmon) and Tom Shapiro (“You Look Good In My Shirt” by Keith Urban and “Living And Living Well” by George Strait), is a classic country power ballad that tells a vivid and relatable story of the challenges and surprises that come with being in love.
“Let Me Go” was one of only three songs on the album that Kane did not have a hand in writing. It also happens to be my favorite from “The House Rules,” his 2010 debut album on the Bigger Picture Group.
In a recent phone interview, Kane told me that the passionate ballad is one of his favorites from the album, too.
“I love that song, and I just can’t wait to get it out there,” he told me. “I wanted to get ‘The House Rules’ out first so that everyone could see and hear what kind of show they’re into if they come to a Kane show. And then you surprise ‘em with ‘Let Me Go,’ because it’s like ‘Wait a minute, there is some romance in these guys, and they’re not just up there drinking Jack and hammering on Strats.’ And that was important for me.”
He added, “‘The House Rules’ told you who we were. ‘Let Me Go’ shows you what we can do.”
The moving lyrics coupled with Kane’s powerful narrative vocals paint an authentic picture of a couple on the brink of big changes while capturing both vantage points; the effect is simultaneously heartbreaking and hopeful.
While the Norman-bred singer-songwriter is best known for his role as “Eliot” on TNT’s “Leverage,” on which he choreographs all his own fight scenes, he also has dedicated time to focus his attention on his first love: music.
“I’m from Oklahoma, and country music has always been first and foremost in my heart,” said Kane. “I am truly fortunate to be able to do something that I love and to have such supportive fans.”
“Let Me Go” follows his debut single “The House Rules,” which hit radio in October 2010. The video, directed by his Oscar-winning “Leverage” co-star Timothy Hutton, premiered on CMT’s “Big New Music Weekend,” where it debuted at No. 2, beating out Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton and Jerrod Neiman.
Kane recently wrapped filming the music video for “Let Me Go,” which will debut later this month. Shot on location in Los Angeles, the video was directed by legendary director, Roman White, whose credits include Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Reba McEntire, Justin Bieber and Martina McBride, as well as the 2011 CMT Music Award for Video of the Year for Taylor Swift’s hit “Mine.”
While he was born in Dallas, Kane spent most of his childhood in Norman, where he calls home. When the call of Los Angeles proved too strong to ignore, he set off to pursue a career in the entertainment business and quickly caught the attention of the talent executives at MGM’s television series “Fame L.A.” Kane was cast as a comedian, but after hearing him sing, his leading role was rewritten and changed to that of a singer.
He later met songwriting partner Steve Carlson and together they formed the band Kane. Packing such hot spots as The Viper Room and The Mint, Kane and Carlson became well known in the L.A. community for their strong original songwriting and high-energy performances. Kane was soon receiving airplay from L.A. country rad io and the two began taking regular trips to Nashville to polish their writing chops. In Nashville, Christian partnered with Bigger Picture Group, joined the EMI songwriting family, and wrote “Happy Man,” a cut that’s included on Trace Adkins’ 2010 album, “Cowboy’s Back in Town.”
Learn how to request that “Let Me Go” be added to the play list at your local country music station by clicking here.
And watch Christian on “Leverage,” which airs at 8 p.m. Sundays on TNT.