Drive, paired with raw talent and business savvy took this young man out of a little mountain town in Georgia and into the spotlight opening for award-winning artists, writing number 1 songs, and touring over 150 dates a year.
King grew up working with his hands, building work ethic as he built structures. “Those jobs made me who I am,” says John. “I started off working rock construction, putting in fireplaces, and walkways at about 14 or 15. Although it was tough, it built muscle and character.”
Citing his parents as the main reason he got into music, John credits them for their influence. “They are the only reason why music was introduced at an early age.” John’s musical tastes were formed early on by the southern rock sounds of Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers Band, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and The Black Crowes. As country music took a huge leap forward in the 1990s, John found himself in awe of one of country music’s greatest entertainers, Garth Brooks.
When it comes to the fans, the bar is set high according to John. “I love the way Garth treats his fans like royalty.. I wanna be like that… If you’ve made a long career in country music it’s because your fans love you.” As King puts it, “Entertaining a crowd, meeting the fans, hearing their stories, seeing them have the time of their lives.. That is what God put me here to do.. that’s my passion.”
John took serious interest in guitar when he realized he could figure out how to play his favorite songs, but then went on to modify them. “That’s when I realized that I could write my own music. I started by playing familiar melodies and turning them into funny songs with lyrics about my friends.” Once John settled into the position of lead singer, his voice began to change the sound of the band. “Our early bands were rock bands but my voice was country. I grew up country, I talked country, and I wrote country songs.”
After graduating high school, John decided to arm himself with a music degree and went to study at the University of Georgia. It was during his time at UGA that the formation of John’s musical footprint would really take shape. John’s music career was in full developmental swing during his time at UGA. “My time at UGA helped me tremendously,” John said with a very serious tone. “It made me realize I could make a career out of doing what I love.”
His dedication and tenacity paid off in opening slots for nationally recognized, award-winning artists-a feat that is virtually unheard of for a young, unsigned artist.
After catching the ear of Black River’s Vice President of A&R, renowned songwriter and producer Doug Johnson in late 2012, King signed a publishing deal with Black River Publishing in conjunction with Razor & Tie. Johnson, known for his seven number one and ten top ten hits including Lee Brice’s “Love Like Crazy” and Randy Travis’ “Three Wooden Crosses,” was blown away with John’s talent and they began writing together. King cites Doug, and his wife Lisa, as two of his biggest believers since he came to town. “Without them I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
In 2013, Black River Entertainment signed John King to their artist roster along with “Dancing with the Stars” champion and acclaimed singer/songwriter Kellie Pickler, ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year Kelsea Ballerini, and country music superstar Craig Morgan (“This Ole Boy,” “International Harvester,” “What I Love About Sunday.”)
In the short time since signing with Black River and Razor & Tie, King has been making a name for himself in Country Music. “Tonight Tonight,” earned John his first Top 40 hit and was heard by millions of NFL fans as it was used to highlight CBS network’s Thursday night football throughout the 2014 season.
In addition to his rising success as an artist, King is also earning respect from his peers as a songwriter. In early 2016, King experienced his first #1 with a song called “We Went” recorded by artist Randy Houser. King co wrote the song with good friends, Matt Rogers and Justin Wilson. In addition, King also had a hand in writing label mate Craig Morgan’s current single, “I’ll Be Home Soon.”
Now with an amazing booking team in William Morris Endeavor and renowned agents Kevin Neal and Kevin Meads, John continues touring countless dates every year building his fanbase. King is currently writing and recording new music for his 2016 project. For more information on John King please visit www.johnkingcountry.com, like him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter and Instagram.