"Don’t take away my thunder
Don’t try to put me under
I’ll never drown in sorrow
I’m gonna stand tomorrow"
Strong words from a strong artist who continues to explore and wrestle with her dreams in todays musical landscape.
Growing up with strong Memphis roots as her foundation, KC Johns has had quite an interesting journey so far. Inspired by artists such as Miranda Lambert, Sheryl Crow, and Brandi Carlisle, to the Memphis Blues of Otis Redding, to the raw sounds of Chris Stapleton and the Rock vocals of Led Zeppelin, KC has been shaping her musical tastes all across the world. Creating a visionary concept of herself inside her head while all the while bringing her heart one step closer to everything she was meant to be as a true artist.
From cruise ships singing in every port in the Atlantic, the Caribbean, and to countries east; to being featured in Dolly Parton’s ‘Christmas Coat of Many Colors’, and opening for artists like Luke Bryan, Chris Young, Randy Houser, and Trailer Choir, she recently met up with Grammy nominated songwriter and producer Billy Smiley (WhiteHeart, Johnny Cash, and Petra) to create and develop the sound she had been waiting for. She is currently writing with Smiley and several top songwriters in Nashville.
Working at the famous Sound Kitchen Studio D in Franklin, TN, they are recording an exciting collection of songs the old way, hard work and careful attention to detail and direction.
KC notes, “For the first time in my life I have met someone who seems to really understand the rawness and the restlessness in my soul. We have so much fun writing, and have really connected through the songs we have come up with, which just seem to keep getting better and better. We laugh because we think, Oh the next one won’t be as good as this one! And then we write another song, and we look at each other and say, Wow – I like this one even better! They are me, they are my heart, and they have my energy and my soul.”
Smiley says, “Getting her into the studio to write and record has been time well spent in developing the artist she is becoming.”
Look for exciting things this fall and next spring, and expect to hear KC Johns on the airwaves. KC will hopefully roll into your town in 2020-2021!