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Christian Kane, Country Music Artist

Updated on October 10, 2014

Christian Kane: Actor, Musician, Singer, Songwriter

Christian Kane has delighted fans for years with his acting, but many viewers may not know about his musical talent, glimpsed in episodes of Angel (where he performed LA Song) and Leverage (where he sang Thinking of You). In 2010, the actor revived his musical career, releasing a 5-song EP and a full album of rock-infused country music with great crossover appeal.

In 2011, he released two singles (The House Rules and Let Me Go), both with official music videos airing on Country Music Television. He continued to play shows in Portland while filming Leverage and toured nationwide after the season wrapped. Clearly, this man is a talent to watch.

Here's my unofficial tribute to the musical talent of Christian Kane.

Christian Kane singing LA Song

I first heard Christian Kane sing on Angel, where he did LA Song. I remember doing some research back then and learning that he was writing and performing his own songs, but I wasn't ready to give country music a try at that point. (I remember seeing a photo of him in a huge cowboy hat and thinking something like, "I don't think I can deal with this." Luckily, I've become more open-minded since then!)

There aren't any videos available of the scene from Angel where the song is performed, but there are some YouTube videos of LA Song played over Christian Kane photos. This one isn't perfect, but I liked the photos used.

Christian Kane singing Thinking of You on Leverage

This video shows Christian's singing debut on Leverage, where he performs Thinking of You. The fact that the music is his own makes it all the more impressive. (This song is included on his album.)

Which performance is your favorite?

Which in-character song do you like best?

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First single, official music video: The House Rules

The House Rules is Christian Kane's first single, one that he traveled throughout the U.S. to promote on country music radio. His video to support the single was shot at Dante's in Portland under the direction of Leverage co-star Timothy Hutton. (It also contains a cameo by Leverage co-star Aldis Hodge.) Rather than hire extras, Christian invited his fans to participate: anyone holding tickets to the show at Dante's later that night was invited to come early and participate in the video shoot.

The video premiered on CMT in October 2010.

I'm not a big country music fan, but I loved The House Rules the first time I heard it.

This fan-made video (by YouTube user badgirl2bad4u) combines footage from a live concert performance with scenes from Leverage, all to the tune of The House Rules. It's totally fun and definitely worth watching!

Second single, official music video: Let Me Go

Christian Kane's second single, "Let Me Go," was released in July 2011, along with another official music video.

Official photo by Beth Riesgraf
Official photo by Beth Riesgraf

The full album

The full-length album was released on December 7, 2010, and it's appropriately named The House Rules after the amazing debut single. Unfortunately, only used copies are available at this point, and they're fairly expensive.

Here's a list of what's included on The House Rules:

  • The House Rules
  • Something's Gotta Give
  • Thinking of You
  • Whiskey in Mind
  • Let's Take a Drive
  • Callin' All Country Women
  • American Made
  • Let Me Go
  • Seven Days
  • Making Circles
  • Fast Car

There was also a bonus track, "A Different Kind of Knight," when you purchased the full album from iTunes. Sadly, it's no longer in the iTunes store.

Covering Tracy Chapman's Fast Car

When I saw "Fast Car" on the track list for Christian's album, I immediately thought of the haunting, emotional song by Tracy Chapman that was released when I was in my late teens. It resonated deeply with me at the time and that feeling has stayed with me over the years. So I was more than surprised to discover that the song on the album was, in fact, the song that had moved me so much. He does a great job with it, treating the material as reverently and passionately as if it were his own. This track is a great closer for a wonderful album and shouldn't be missed.

Official Christian Kane photo
Official Christian Kane photo

Poll: Best song

Which song from The House Rules is your favorite?

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Behind the scenes video: Making the album

Christian Kane takes you into the recording studio.

All that talent AND handsome!

Official photo taken by Leverage co-star Beth Riesgraf
Official photo taken by Leverage co-star Beth Riesgraf

And he cooks!

In January 2013, Christian appeared on the new web series Taste of Music. In this episode, he demonstrates how to cook Jalapeno & Goat Cheese stuffed sirloin sandwiches with caramelized onions.

It's no secret that he loves to cook. His Leverage character, Eliot, demonstrated cooking skills in one of the show's first episodes, and Christian has hinted that he'd like to do some kind of cooking project on YouTube. I'm eager to see what he does next!

Video: thanking fans

In this video, Christian thanked fans for giving his music over a million plays on his MySpace page. His continued gratitude for the support of his fans makes him all the more endearing as an entertainer and a person.

Artist photos provided on his official website and approved for fan use. "Fast Car" photo used under license from FreeImages.com.

© 2010 C A Chancellor

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      toriphile81 6 years ago

      I love Christian Kane! I did not know he had an album out, but I did enjoy the times he sang on Angel. :)

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      Loretta 6 years ago from United States

      I was so happy when they did the episode of Leverage where he sings ~ loved it :)

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      jennymalari 6 years ago

      ilove christian kane thanks for sharing

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      Deb Kingsbury 6 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      He has a very nice voice. I'd not heard of him before.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yes, talented and handsome, I like that too! I think Christian just got a new fan! What an amazing idea to use fans as extras in a video, a memory for ever.......a great fan page.

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I haven't heard country music in a while, but enjoyed listening to a few of Christian Kane's songs. He seems like a talented artist...thanks for introducing him to us. **Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love country music, I haven't heard Christian Kane but it was a good melodious experience.

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      Loretta 6 years ago from United States

      We just picked up The House Rules on Sunday night after watching Leverage ;-)

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      kimark421 6 years ago

      NIce lens! Christian is indeed a talented guy. I'm not a big fan of Country Music, but Eliot is my favorite character on Leverage.

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      jenms lm 6 years ago

      Ah yes - I haven't heard his music but loved him on Angel - one of my favorites that I rewatch periodically!

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      Ooh, I like his music and voice! I am a country music fan.

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      nelabai 6 years ago

      No wonder why americans are so in to country, great music. Thumbs up!

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      natashaely 6 years ago

      I didn't realise at first who he was until I saw his picture, I loved him in Angel, have seen it so many times, he has a wonderful voice. I have never seen Leverage but as it is like Hustle it is going on my list to buy! Also loving the music, would make a lovely present to me, going to direct my husband here to order it for me! Another great lens! :)

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      C A Chancellor 6 years ago from US/TN

      @natashaely: Leverage is SO much fun -- I think you'll love it. It's a little more lighthearted than Hustle, which makes it a great feel-good show. I hope your husband buys you the album soon. I find myself hearing The House Rules all the time. Thanks for the visit! I'm glad I introduced you to something you like. :-)

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      minx267 6 years ago

      Fantastic Lens.. I have his CD in my car an listen to it over and over.. I am NOT a country Music person in the least.. BUT I LOVE THIS ALBUM.... !

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I loved his performances on Angel, what an awesome actor he is and an even better singer. Watching Lindsey and Angel were some of the best scenes on that series. He definitely is gorgeous but I think I prefer him with the short hair.

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      C A Chancellor 6 years ago from US/TN

      @anonymous: Interesting! I've decided I like him better with longer hair -- maybe not quite as long as it is now, but I definitely liked the look he had in the Leverage pilot, where it was longer and layered. (Thanks for the visit & comments!)

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      laisan 6 years ago

      I absolutely love the song he sang in Ange - LA song. It was so... sad and beautiful...

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      AllyVuitton 6 years ago

      I love this guy, as he's so normal looking, yet has such an amazing voice! Like Matt Cardle!

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      Country music is great and Christian country is even better.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Wonderful fan site -- thanks for the introduction to Christian Kane.

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      orange3 lm 4 years ago

      Great country music artist! Their cover of Pink Houses is great too!

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      tobydavis 4 years ago

      Liked him a lot in Angel, didn't realize he was a Musician too - really like the heritage of simple, storytelling that runs through the heart of Country Music. Very nice lens! :-)

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I love Christian Kane. He's also very engaging with his fans on FB and Twitter. Eliot Spencer was my favorite Leverage crew member.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I wanted to choose all his songs as my favorite. :) But I chose LA Song because I love Lindsey. He's so conflicted and unpredictable. I chose Something's Gotta Give because I can relate to that. But my all-time favorite song is Rattlesnake Smile. I get that one... sometimes.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love Christian Kane's music, acting and cooking. He always thanks his fans which show what a great person he is. I wish more people knew of him.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This man is so amazing. He is totally underrated. We need to see more of him both in his acting career and his music career. Can't wait to see what he does next!

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