Born In: Hamilton, Georgia, United States
Kidd G is the stage name of American singer-songwriter and social media personality Jonathan Gabriel Horne who is known for his genre-breaking songs primarily focused on country music but also heavily influenced by hip-hop. Since debuting his music career with the single Sorry, he has released the EP Teenage Dream and the studio album Down Home Boy. He originally shared his songs on TikTok, on which he has 1.4 million fans, and on SoundCloud, where he has 72k followers. He also has 398K subscribers on his YouTube channel where he uploads official music videos for his songs. Moreover, he has 458K followers on Instagram on which he often shares pictures of himself riding ATV's. He embarked on The Real Me Tour in April 2022.
Also Known As: Jonathan Gabriel Horne
father: David Horne
mother: Rachel Grace Okelley
Born Country: United States
U.S. State: Georgia
education: Harris County High school
Kidd G was only 11 when his older brother Dustin got his first car, and because the latter was still not allowed to drive, the two would often spend time listening to music sitting in the car. Kidd G was deeply influenced by country music and taught himself freestyle rapping by listening to hip-hop artists like Rae Sremmurd, Young Thug, and Chance the Rapper.
He released his debut single, Sorry, a traditional hip-hop song, on SoundCloud in February 2019. Around the same time, he began filming short clips of himself rapping while sitting sideways in the front seat of his mother’s Toyota Camry and posted them on his TikTok profile @the.kiddg. As the videos started to gain popularity, he decided to pursue music more seriously by the end of the year and convinced his parents to set up a studio in his bedroom. With the help of a friend named Nolie Beats, he recorded several songs per day during the holiday break. While several of his early songs, like Simple Things (Imma Ball Remix), Gravity, and AKs and Glock Nines, were good enough, they were not the Billboard hits he was expecting. However, the skeptical attitude of people around town further encouraged him to continue making music, which he uploaded on SoundCloud and promoted on TikTok.
In spring of 2020, his genre-bending music was noticed by hip-hop focused Miami-based label and management company Rebel Music which signed a deal with him. In October that year, he released the peppy breakup ballad Dirt Road which he made after discovering an instrumental by Ryini Beats on YouTube. The song became a viral hit on TikTok, earning him 150K new followers, and reached No.40 on Billboard’s hot country songs chart despite not playing on radio.
Kidd G’s early music, including his debut song Sorry and subsequent tracks such as Imma Ball, What I Want, Simple Things (Imma Ball Remix), Lost Soul, Blessings & Curses, Gravity, Numbers, AK's and Glock Nines and Letter, were primarily focused on hip-hop and rap. Even his country-themed debut EP, Teenage Dream, which contained Dirt Road, his first attempt at country music, pushed the boundaries of the genre. The EP was released on Thanksgiving in November 2020 and also included the title song, as well as songs like Small Town Girl, Passin' Thru, Down the Road and No Man's Land. It was a critical hit and peaked at No.3 on Billboard's heatseekers albums chart, securing him a place on Billboard's "21 Under 21" list. In December, he released a deluxe version of the album, titled Teenage Dream: 1000 Miles From Georgia, which added four songs to the original album. His debut studio album, Down Home Boy, was released in September 2021 and contained 14 tracks including Summer In A Small Town, Ordinary Girl, Whiskey & Wine and Break Up Song. The album received 15 million streams on Spotify alone, prompting him to release a deluxe version later that year adding four more tracks. His first release of 2022 was Left Me in January, followed by a remix version of Dirt Road in March in collaboration with another genre-defying artist, Breland. His latest release was People Talk in April 2022.
Kidd G was born as Jonathan Gabriel “Gabe” Horne on April 21, 2003 in the small town of Hamilton in Georgia, United States to David Horne and Rachel Grace Okelley. He has an older brother named Dustin. He attended Harris County High school. Before music, he was interested in baseball and fishing and had even received two college scholarships for the latter. While his song AKs and Glock Nines is about heartbreak, it was actually inspired by a rift with his father. He wrote the song Whiskey & Wine for his mother. Following the release of his song Dirt Road, even his grandmother was impressed by his music. After his family was flown to Miami, Florida by Rebel Music, his mother had delivered a prayer in the recording booth that was included in his song Letter.
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