Coming off his highly successful debut EP, Night Of Your Life, and its follow-up single, Friday Night, things couldn’t be better for Johnnie. He’s an accomplished singer, songwriter, performer, and musician with multiple appearances in the Billboard charts, all before his 21st birthday. While most of us were figuring out our lives in our late teens, Johnnie was mastering Pro Tools, Logic, and all the string instruments he could get his hands on to make some of the most fun and exciting music around today: edgy power pop with live elements. Its what music should be.
“I've spent a lot of quality time defining my sound and exactly what I want to say,” Johnnie says of his latest material. It clearly represents who he is as an artist. “It's all very fun yet personal and I’m so blessed to have crafted the music with phenomenal songwriters and producers like Damon Sharpe, Lindy Robbins, Tommy Lee, Richard Vission, The Ready Set, Nash Overstreet, Lauren Christy, Pam Sheyne, and James Michael.”
So, who exactly is Johnnie Mikel?
Part musical wunderkind, part storyteller, Johnnie is a rare natural talent like no other. He’s a breath of fresh air in the pop landscape, because he’s not pre-packaged from some hit factory. He’s the real deal. From the moment he picked up a guitar at age 14, he realized that making music was what he wanted to spend his days doing.
But let’s rewind. Originally from Kentucky, Johnnie got his first big dose of culture when his family picked up and moved to New York City. The city exposed him to different art, music and fashion, and most importantly, the idea that being yourself is a good thing. “It’s the first time I saw the world for what it really is,” he says of his time in New York.
When Johnnie was 11 he started a blog where he was able to tell stories that detailed what he was going through and what he could absorb from living in Manhattan. He was a shy kid and storytelling allowed him to open up. A few years later when he finally got his hands on a guitar, something clicked. He could use the guitar, his voice, and his writing skills to create his musical truth. A move to Nashville followed where he took the lessons learned in New York and turned them into gorgeous songs.
When he’s not crafting pop tunes that’ll get you moving, thinking, and even crying – yes, Johnnie can croon out a ballad so beautiful that it’ll bring tears to your eyes – he’s giving back. His One Word Foundation, based off one of those emotional ballads, One, focuses on teaching kids the importance of their words. A single word can have an impact on someone’s life and the foundation, which benefits different charities, helps kids understand that what they say matters. “I’ve been given a gift,” Johnnie states, “And I need to use it to give back.”
To listen to Johnnie’s gift yourself, his latest single, Friday Night, and EP, Night of Your Life, are out now, with more releases coming in 2018.
To stay up to date with Johnnie’s journey, humor, and tour dates, follow him @johnniemikel on all your favorite social media platforms.