Chris Lane

Chris Lane

Country singer Chris Lane has been keeping busy crossing off items on his personal — and career — bucket list.

Lane, who opens for Florida Georgia Line at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 17, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, recently got to perform his single “For Her” on one of his all-time favorite TV shows, ABC’s “The Bachelor.”

The moment became that much more sweet because of the audience’s immediate embrace of the song. By the next morning, “For Her” had climbed to No. 1 on the iTunes country chart.

“I’ve always been a big fan of the show,” Lane says. “When they called and asked me to sing on one of the dates, I jumped all over it.”

Lane recently notched another first with his nomination by the Academy of Country Music for the New Male Vocalist of the Year award for his major label debut, “Girl Problems,” released by Big Loud.

Here are five things to know about this rising Nashville star:

He’s country’s “newest heartthrob”

As proclaimed by E! Online, Lane has developed a reputation as one of Music City’s biggest romantics.

The official “For Her” video has only enhanced this reputation. The clip features a fan making a real-life proposal to his girlfriend — and happily, she said yes.

“I guess I don’t feel like a heartthrob, but if people are saying that, I will take it,” Lane says. “I’m flattered that anyone would think it.”

Lane’s got a powerful falsetto

His voice has been described by Billboard as what would happen if Conway Twitty and the Backstreet Boys “had a musical love child.”

“I’ve certainly nurtured it, no doubt,” Lane says of his falsetto. “I grew up singing songs that had that kind of style, and always loved trying to do it. It’s not something I started doing right away in the studio. I found the sound that lent itself to it.”

Pop and country influenced him

That Backstreet Boys comparison is no accident — the ‘90s boy band ranks as one of Lane’s favorites, along with Usher and Justin Timberlake. He also has cited influences like country icons Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks.

“I loved all kinds of music,” he says. “When I recorded my album, I found a way to blend all of those sounds together to make what I love.”

Lane’s fanboy side will get its moment later this summer when he gets to share the bill with Backstreet Boys, Florida Georgia Line and Nelly for an Aug. 12 date at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

He respects Nashville traditions

In a country music rite of passage, Lane in February, 2016, made his Grand Ole Opry debut, which included performances of “Fix” (his first No. 1 single) and “For Her.”

“It was a check off the bucket list, no doubt about it,” he says. “It was a special moment to think about the history. All of the greats have played it. To get invited to do that was a moment I’ll never forget.”

Opening for Florida George Line proved key

Lane counts a 2014 stint opening for Florida Georgia Line as a major stepping stone in his nascent country career.

“They were some of my early friends,” he says. “They took me out on the tour when I had no music out. It’s a blessing to be out with them now that I have a record out and a No. 1 song. Now when I go out, people know who I am, and sing along to the songs.”

Party at Mountain Bar with Granger Smith

Veteran country singer-songwriter Granger Smith will keep the Florida Georgia Line vibe going at the official after party at 11 p.m. Friday, March 17, at Mountain Bar at Bally’s Wild Wild West.

Smith has found success on his second try in Nashville. He first came to Music City in the late ‘90s when he was a freshman at Texas A&M University, before deciding to move back to the Lone Star State to complete his degree.

After releasing seven independent records and creating a video alter ego called Earl Dibbles, Jr., Smith got signed by Broken Bow Music Group in 2015.

His subsequent release “Remington” (Wheelhouse Records) peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Country Chart, yielding hit singles in “Backroad Song” and “If the Boot Fits.”

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