KC Johns - 10 Questions Music Interviews
KC Johns is an American country music singer and songwriter. Born in Memphis, TN, Johns is inspired by the Memphis Blues of Otis Redding, the raw sounds of Chris Stapleton, and Americana rock music from the Boss as she creates a unique music experience that combines country with her Memphis roots. From singing for Carnival Cruise Lines to performing at Dollywood in the Smokey Mountains, to being featured in Dolly Parton’s ‘Christmas Coat of Many Colors’ and opening up for artists like Luke Bryan, Chris Young, Randy Houser, and Trailer Chior, Johns is now in the studio recording new material with an album set to release on February 2021 and touring the States.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I’ve been writing music for as long as I can remember. In school, writing was my favorite subject growing up. When my mom and grandad encouraged me to play guitar is when I began to write music with melodies.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
I’m not sure if this is super crazy, but about 9 years ago I was opening for a band, Carter’s Chord in Memphis, TN, and I had left a few things in my car before going back to get the rest. When I had gone back to get everything else, my car was broken into, windows smashed and everything was stolen. My purse and all other personal belongings, (luckily not my guitar.) Not the best way to go in to start a show, but the show still goes on!
What has been the high point of your music path?
I honestly feel like every new moment tops the next. I’ve done so many incredible things along this journey. I’ve performed on cruise ships, theme parks and all over the world. Right now, making this new record is my high point.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I feel like every songwriter has their own way of writing. I usually write things down in my notes on my phone when it comes to me- then grab a guitar and see what comes out. OR if it’s a co write, I’ll usually start by seeing what mood we’re in and go from there.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
I feel like the biggest challenge for indie artists right now has been Covid. Everyone in entertainment has been put on hold from touring for an entire year(maybe even more.) I will say the bright side of all this is we’ve been forced to find other ways to make our jobs work, like live streams and zoom writings. I know for me personally, I looked at only the bright side and hit the studio to write and record a new record.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
My music inspirations are all over the map including everything from traditional country to 80s rock & roll. If I were to choose one band to perform with on stage, it would be Motley Crue. I’m not sure how they would feel about my Country/Rock sound though. Haha.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Rehearsals are hard work, but they’re also a ton of fun. I try to prepare as much as I can on my end, before going into a full band rehearsal.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
For me, my greatest challenge are writing ballads. As a writer, you have to open your heart and bare your soul for the entire world to hear. “Always Me When I’m With You” I wrote with Billy Smiley. This one was my hardest to write because I really had to dive into full blown feelings. In the end, I was and am very proud of this song.
What's coming up in the future?
My new record comes out in February! I’m so excited about every song on this album. We plan to promote the album on tour next year (if Covid permits.)
Tell us where fans can access your music?
My new single, "No More Chances", is available now: Songwhip
And you can find all my music on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Pandora, etc. also, on my website at www.kcjohns.rocks
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About KC Johns
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, KCJohns 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.
Look for exciting things this fall and next spring, and expect to hear KCJohns on the airwaves. KC will hopefully roll into your town in 2020-2021!