We need a little KC Johns.
With powerhouse pipes that take you on a whiskey-soaked jaunt to your favorite honky-tonk in the absolute best way possible, KC Johns’ music is as infectious and dynamic as she is. Think Miranda Lambert meets Sheryl Crow with a touch of Brandi Carlile, and you’ve got an artist with a voice all her own, tied tight around songs that make you feel like you’ve known her forever.
With deep roots in the Blues capital of the world, KC grew up in Memphis, where she was baptized in soul and fell hard for the stage, the spotlight, and songs that make the world go ’round.
“Music has always been that one thing in my life that digs up a smile when I feel like I’m buried under the rest of life,’” says KC. “I want other people to feel the same way.”
Having discovered her stage legs young, KC jumped feet-first into this business called music, performing everywhere from Dollywood, where she was featured in Dolly Parton’s “Christmas Coat of Many Colors,” to cruise ships around the world. After performing in ports throughout the Atlantic, the Caribbean, and everywhere in between, she made her way up the mainstream music ladder, opening for artists like Luke Bryan, Chris Young, Randy Houser, and Trailer Choir.
2022 is the continuation of her page-turner of a story, starting with the January release of a new single and video, “Confused,” co-written with Timme Angsten and Tim Baumgartner and produced by GRAMMY-nominated producer and songwriter Billy Smiley (WhiteHeart, Johnny Cash, and Petra). “Confused” follows her popular 2021 single release, “Whiskey Break,” which was featured in a nationally distributed documentary about the legendary venue, the Gorge, where nearly every major touring artist has played for the last 50 years. Since its release, “Confused” has made its way on to radio playlists in a growing list of markets across the country, cracked Nashville’s Music Row charts, climbed well over 100 spots up the respected rungs of the influential industry ranking, and continues climbing.
2022 also sees the digital release of KC’s 2021 full album, Thunder, recorded at the legendary Sound Kitchen in Franklin, Tennessee. The digital release features three songs previously released only on the vinyl version of Thunder plus KC’s brand-new recording of “Desperado,” best known for being recorded by legends Linda Ronstadt and the Eagles. The collection is a result of an artist who knows who she is, what she wants to say, and the best way to say it.
The digital release of Thunder features three new original songs previously released only on the vinyl version of Thunder. Also included on the digital album is a brand-new bonus track, where Johns’ vocal magic breathes new life into a fan-favorite with her previously unreleased version of the classic hit, “Desperado,” best known for being recorded by legends Linda Ronstadt and the Eagles.
With the music sensibility of Otis Redding, the raw stylings of Chris Stapleton, and the rock vibe of Led Zeppelin, each song is an audible shot of your libation of choice—they take your breath away, feel good going down, and leave you wanting more.
For KC, already a seasoned songwriter, the creative energy poured into these songs was as much an exercise in self-discovery as it was a process of an artist coming into her own.
“For the first time in my life, I have met someone who seems to really understand the rawness and the restlessness in my soul,” says KC of her collaborations with Smiley. “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. They are me, they are my heart, and they have my energy and my soul. I hope they make other people feel as good listening as I did creating them.”
In addition to the digital album release of Thunder, KC will be pursing an aggressive touring and recording schedule throughout 2022, with dates from Norway to Nashville filling her touring calendar and new music planned for release throughout the year. Her latest release, a slightly ‘countryfied’ cover of the 1997 GRAMMY-nominated Meredith Brooks song, “Bitch (Nothing In Between),” released on July 1, marking 25 years since the song’s original debut.