KC Johns made Nashville and the world sit up and take note of her in 2022. Last year was 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” made its way on to radio playlists in a growing list of markets across the country, cracked Nashville’s charts and climbed well over 100 spots up the respected rungs of the influential industry ranking.
“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.
2022 also saw the digital release of KC’s 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 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.
KC Johns often performs together with Tim Baumgartner as both are independent artists based out of Nashville. They perform together as an acoustic duo all over the country and even in Norway three times per year. Tim co-wrote two songs with KC, “Confused” and “Whiskey Break”.
KC Johns’ newest single release, “FAMOUS,” touches the heart of why she sings. For KC, this song immediately brought her fans to mind. This wasn’t a song about romance for KC. It’s about the passionate faces in the audience every night. It is an anthem to the people who show up, support, download, listen and love KC and her music. The song is KC’s message to them, “You make me feel famous!” Recorded and produced at the legendary Sound Kitchen studios outside of Nashville, “FAMOUS” is an energetic collaboration of fun and flash and upbeat lyrical entertainment.
The video shoot for "Famous" included footage from live shows along KC’s tour route and incorporated KC’s avid fans and their organic and authentic support for the new track as it was performed live was released through Sony’s The Orchard.
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.
KC Johns’ music is as infectious and dynamic as she is. Think Miranda Lambert meets Sheryl Crow with a touch of Brandi Carlisle, 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. This year you can expect KD with her powerhouse pipes to continue to take you on a whiskey-soaked jaunt to your favorite honky-tonk, as this rising star grabs your attention.