Kane Brown, the country singer who became the first artist to have simultaneous number one hits on all five of Billboard’s main country charts, met backstage with members of Tanner Schwagel’s family prior to his sold-out performance at the Swiftel Center in Brookings. Brown extended the special meet and greet to Tanner’s mother, Hilary, and his three sisters – Cassidy, Brooke, and Bailey. Tanner, age 16, of Milbank, passed away October 7, 2018.
“I just wanted to thank you and the Swiftel Center for allowing me and the girls to meet Kane Brown,” wrote Hilary in a note to the staff at Swiftel Center. “It will be a memory they will have forever…”
Prior to his death, Tanner’s mother had purchased tickets to the Kane Brown concert at the Swiftel Center as a surprise for Tanner. Kane Brown was one of Tanner’s favorite artists and he often mentioned his hope to see him perform in concert.
Hilary shared how Kane’s song Home Sick also holds a special spot in her heart, as it brings back memories of when her dad served our country. Her father, Charles Layher, was a member of the National Guard for 35 years and was deployed twice while she was growing up.
Hilary said meeting Kane Brown was a true tribute to Tanner, “I just loved how humbly and supportive he [Kane Brown] treated us,” wrote Hilary. “He is such a great guy. The girls talk about it all the time and it was such a great experience…”
Submitted photo-left to right:: Brooke, Hilary, Kane Brown, Bailey, and Cassidy .