This recipe is one of Paige King Johnson, favorite dessert. It is originally from her hometown church cookbook, from many years ago. She also brings this cake to any family gathering that she attends.
1. Hello Paige, can you tell a little bit about yourself before you became a country artist?I grew up in a small North Carolina town listening to all the classic country artists that paved the way for people like me today, including Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard & Waylon Jennings. I loved music even as a little kid and was always singing something around the house or in my car seat. When I was 10 years old I got my first guitar as a Christmas present from my Papa and instantly fell in love with performing, playing and everything in between. The rest was history!
2. Who are some of your musical icons?I look up to all the strong women in country music who have had such remarkable careers over the years like Loretta, Patsy, Dolly, Reba, Shania, and so many more! I also love current artists who are doing their best to keep that spirit alive like Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, and Lori McKenna to name a few.
3. How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words?Modern Retro Country
4. What is the background story behind your brand new single “Just Like You?”I wrote this song in April of 2019 with a dear friend of mine from college, Regan Rousseau, about the give and takes of a relationship. I think the beauty in being loved by someone is that they accept you each day for all the parts of you, good and bad. And that’s when relationships work – when both people commit to loving each other a little more every day. I hoped to capture in this song each act of kindness, appreciation, and altruistic behavior shown to me to highlight the fact that the simple ways of loving someone can be the most beautiful things in life to them.
5. What is your recording process like when making and creating new music?I love getting in the studio with my producer, Bill McDermott, because we get each other on every level musically. Our relationship was founded on our shared love for so many artists and their styles, so it was only fitting that we worked together. I had a pretty good idea of the general sound I was going for with this record, but Bill really helped bring all those ideas to life through the speakers which was so fun to watch. It’s truly a process to get everything just like you want it, and for me I knew I wanted it to sound like me and I knew I wanted it to sound country. As long as we had some steel guitar, I was happy!
6. What are a few of your favorite venues to play at?This is a hard question because I love to travel and this job of mine takes me to so many new places all the time! Still though, out of all the venues I’ve seen, some of my favorite places to play are still the local places back in my hometown in North Carolina where I cut my teeth as a performer. Any chance I get to go back home and play for people back in the places I grew up playing is so special to me.
7. What do you like to do in your free time when not working on your music? When I’m not working on music, I really really enjoy both being active – preferably outdoors – by running or hiking, and also experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes. I’m such a foodie, which is the main reason why I have to be so active.
8. What is one of your favorite quotes?“If you see someone without a smile today, give ’em yours.” – Dolly PartonI try to stay on the optimistic side of most things just because I don’t enjoy being a sad person.
9. Is there anything else you would like to share?Along with the song that released on Friday, October 2 and the lyric video on my YouTube page, I’m also very excited to be releasing the official music video for “Just Like You” very soon! Keep an eye out on my Facebook page and website for more updates.
In a peaceful North Carolina 22 miles south of Raleigh, as a little 9 years old girl, Paige King Johnson spent her summers under the crepe myrtles copying the patterns of Loretta, Pasty, Waylon, and Merle. Johnson’s biggest fan was her grandpa and he gifted her first guitar. The guitar was a baby Taylor and after receiving it she was enrolled in guitar lessons. After her grandpa passed away, the full of life dreamer carried on his memory by bringing her brand-new discovery to local fairs, festivals, and any other stage she was permitted to play on. As she got older, Johnson added “opening act” to her resume, supporting country artists like Scott McCreery, Neal McCoy, Luke Pell and James. When she was about to graduate from high school she realizes that this was more than just a little hobby. The Angier local swapped in horse pastures and back roads for the colorful lights of Music City in 2015. Before starting college at Belmont University for Music Business, Johnson enhanced in on the magic that had deeply inspired her as a kid: the love of storytelling by writing songs. Johnson states that she “started finding my own voice thru writing, becoming more confident, and owning the fact that my personal feelings and experiences were worth talking about, singing about, and putting on paper.”
The world-famous Bluebird Café was just one of the countless writers’ circuits around Nashville that offered a safe area for Johnson to meet and connect with other writers, try out new songs, and get feedback. In return, Johnson started charming audiences with her down-home stage attendance, cut right to the jaw stories and rare country voice, meaningful of the classic country period. In the last 4 years, Johnson has traveled back and forth between Nashville and the Carolinas, playing shows like the North Carolina State Fair and running her dinner theatre, Country on the Outskirts of Town, that she started in high school. Johnson’s quarterly performance offers an environment for locals to enjoy some yummy Southern cooking, fellowship with friends, and the sounds of old and new country music with some gospel combined with it. A three-time Carolina Music Awards Nominee for Best Country Female Artist, Johnson’s dedicated homegrown fan support continues to grow further than just her backyard.
After expanding her wings with her debut single “Water Down The Whiskey,” rising to the #29 spot on Music Row charts, and with a debut music video following that wowed her fans. Paige’s second single “Just Like You,” came out on October 2, 2020. This genuine song does not start like most other love songs but has a surprising turn of calmness and sentimentality that will make anyone want to fall in love while listening to it. Unlike the sass and harshness of her first single, Johnson is happy to expose a more sensitive and loving side of her as both a singer and songwriter with the release of the second single. With an honest belief to write truthful songs, she can be proud for many years to come. Johnson is ready to go down any trail that calls her name, as long as she can it in her favorite boots.
If you would like to find out more about Paige King Johnson check out her website at (https://www.paigekingjohnson.com).
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