Paige King Johnson was born in a quiet North Carolina town just 22 miles south of Raleigh. As a 9-year-old, Paige King Johnson spent her summers under the crepe myrtles imitating the styles of Loretta, Patsy, Waylon, and Merle.
Having a grandpa as her biggest fan also meant receiving the gift of her first guitar, a baby Taylor, and enrolling in lessons at nine years old. After her grandpa passed, the bright-eyed dreamer carried on his memory by taking her newfound discovery to local fairs, festivals, and any other stage she was allowed to stand on.
As she grew older, Johnson added “opening act” to her resume, supporting chart topping artists like Scotty McCreery, Neal McCoy, Luke Pell, and James Otto. And with high school graduation came the realization that this was more than a hobby. The Angier native traded in horse pastures and back roads for the bright lights of Music City in 2015.
Upon starting school at Belmont University for Music Business, Johnson honed in on the magic that had heavily influenced her as a child, the art of storytelling through songwriting. The famous Bluebird Café was just one of many writers’ circuits around Nashville that provided a safe space for Johnson to meet other writers, try out new tunes, and get feedback. In return, Johnson began captivating audiences with her down-home stage presence, cut straight to the bone stories and raw country voice, reminiscent of the classic country era.
In the last four years, Johnson has traveled back and forth between Nashville and the Carolinas, playing shows like the North Carolina State Fair and running her dinner theater, Country on the Outskirts of Town, that she founded in high school. Johnson’s quarterly show provides an atmosphere for locals to enjoy Southern cooking, fellowship with friends, and the sounds of classic and current country music with some gospel thrown in.
A three-time Carolina Music Awards Nominee for Best Country Female Artist, Johnson’s devoted homegrown fan base continues to expand farther than just her backyard. Some of Paige’s most memorable moments were when she shared stages with country artists such as Neal McCoy, Scotty McCreery, James Otto and Luke Pell, or when she was nominated as Best Country Female in the Carolina Music Awards in both 2017 & 2018.
Paige's current single, “Water Down The Whiskey” is reflective of her classic country roots, while still inviting new sounds to shape her songs. Paige always admired artists who have strayed from the mainstream path, like Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves, strong female staples in country music. Women who have been unapologetic for the songs they sing, while still paying homage to the classic country music they were raised on.
Paige now finds her own career is on a similar path, holding Angier close to her, while writing a new chapter in Nashville. "I always tell people that ‘Water Down The Whiskey’ is my sassy girl song,” said Johnson. “It's a message about someone recognizing the warning signs of the other person in the relationship leaving, but calling them out on it to let them know they will be just fine with the break up. It's saying, go ahead and leave, if you're gonna do it anyway.” Paige has also released a brand new lyric video for her debut single.
The recent Belmont University graduate is ready to spread her wings and chart new territory with grit and honesty. Her new single channels the sensitivity of Kacey Musgraves while dishing out the unapologetic nerve of Miranda Lambert. Johnson’s confident ownership of her craft and with a heartfelt conviction to write genuine songs she can be proud of for years to come, Johnson is ready to go down any path that calls her name, as long as she can walk it in her favorite pair of boots.
“I started finding my own voice through writing, becoming more confident, and owning the fact that my personal feelings and experiences were worth talking about, singing about, and putting on paper,” Johnson reflects. “My main goal with music is to keep it authentically me and authentically country. As long as I continue to achieve those two things, I will remain satisfied and happy on this journey, no matter where it takes me.”