Talent is the obviously the most crucial tool in the arsenal of a successful entertainer, but the ones that go the distance and enjoy careers that thrive for decades like Dolly, Willie or Reba also possess a dedicated work ethic and a bold entrepreneurial spirit that continually carries them to loftier heights. Paige King Johnson has all those qualities in spades.
Signed to PCG Artists Development Records, headed by accomplished industry vet Bernard Porter, Johnson released her debut single/video, “Water Down the Whiskey,” in 2019. The song immediately drew attention thanks to her personality-packed vocal performance and the way she enthusiastically embraced promoting the project. “Last year, being able to be out on the road and doing a radio tour with my first single and everything that came with that with releasing the music video, it really solidified my thoughts that this was what I was made to do,” she smiles. “I had the time of my life being able to travel around and visit radio stations and play different shows all over everywhere. It was a good first taste. I was super excited for this next year and had a lot of cool shows planned and then it all got ripped out from underneath me, but it makes me so excited for what’s to come once things get back to normal.”
About Paige King Johnson:
Born in a quiet North Carolina town just 22 miles south of Raleigh, as a young 9-year-old girl, 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. 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.