Ken Johnson, is a singer/songwriter from Birmingham, Alabama based in Nashville, TN. His songs have been recorded by many major label country music and rock artists including Craig Morgan, Uncle Kracker, Clare Bowen, Josh Thompson, The Farm, Chris Janson, Tyler Farr, Joey and Rory, Rachel Bradshaw, Ty Stone, Josh Grider, Walt Wilkins, Todd Richard, Chris Rogers, Jason Greely and Paul Sanders along with Vince Gill, among others… Ken even wrote and released an album with Mr. Las Vegas himself, Wayne Newton!
He has achieved Top 40 Airplay success multiple times in the U.S. and Canada as well as Europe and Australia. In 2010 Ken received a performance award from SESAC for the Josh Thompson smash hit, “Beer On The Table” which was also featured in the Nintendo WII Game, "Country Dance".
Ken also achieved radio success in the U.S. with Craig Morgan’s “Still A Little Chicken Left On That Bone”. More recently, the song "Summer and 16" went #1 for 2 weeks with Texas artist Josh Grider. (AMP Records) He had two songs appear in the upcoming season of the ABC television show "Nashville".
Ken's performance of his song, "Who Do You Think You Are" (cowritten with Adam Zelkind and "Big Al" Anderson) was featured this past Fall on the hit TV show, "Hart of Dixie". He will perform two more written with Zelkind, Anderson and wife Andi Zack, in the upcoming season of the show. They have also written "New Paint" the opening track to the major motion picture, "The Marine".
In 2012 Ken released his own self produced album “Dang Good Day” in association with Warner Chappell Music, Nashville and Combustion Music.
In 2013, Ken was music director for the hit Las Vegas musical, Terry Bradshaw, America’s Favorite Dumb Blonde… A Life in Four Quarters, featuring 4 time super bowl MVP and American icon, Terry Bradshaw. The show made its debut at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas in the Summer of 2013 and features a score written by Ken and award winning Broadway composer, David Goldsmith along with "Tonight Show" head writer, Jon Macks. The show continues to enjoy success in 2014 in the form of a U.S. tour. Ken has also performed on TV's Good Morning America as well as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
On another note, Grammy winning, platinum album selling producer, Skidd Mills (Saving Abel, Third Day, Skillet) and Ken have now partnered in a new joint venture to seek out and produce new talent and have recently signed new country sensation Ashla Taylor to an exclusive production deal. Ashla has signed with management group, Rebel Intelligence (Joss Stone, Adam Levine) and her debut recording project is underway.
Ken is currently a staff writer at Lucky Diamond Music in Nashville in conjunction with his own publishing company opened in January of 2012, MaxMarlee Music, Nashville.
Ken's current radio singles include artist Josh Grider's "White Van" and "High Time" with Canadian recording artist Todd Richard as well as Clare Bowen's "Everytime I Fall In Love" produced by Buddy Miller for the ABC television show "Nashville".
Upcoming releases Ken has cowritten include Rachel Bradshaw's "Ever Since" (Bigger Picture) and "Back In My Drinkin' Days" by Sony Artist, Chris Janson and "Get A Girl" by Paul Sanders (featuring Vice Gill).
Editors Note: Ken has been in the Expo family virtually from the beginning of his songwriting career, and virtually from the beginning of the Expo itself. Ken's career trajectory has been phenomenal to watch. Ken has become a first-rate songwriter and performer as well. We are all proud of you brother Ken!!