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— Johnnie Mikel, pop artist
NASHVILLE, TN, USA, Nov. 2, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Preparing to release his debut album, things couldn’t be better for Johnnie Mikel. He is an accomplished singer, songwriter, musician and performer with multiple Billboard Chart appearances, while remaining a completely independent artist. After spending his teenage years learning ProTools, Logic, and every string instrument he could get his hands on, he’s now 24 and feels ready to share his first full-length album with the world.
“I took a few years off from releasing music to live my life and find a little more inspiration,” Johnnie said of his upcoming material. “I never thought I could write such raw and honest songs, but life has inspired me a lot lately.” His new project is a mature departure into the world of alternative pop, where he covers a wide range of topics: life, grief, mental health in the music industry, the effects of social media on youth, politics and human rights. “I feel like I’m starting a new chapter in my musical journey, a chapter where people can really see the human being behind the music.”
So who exactly is Johnnie Mikel? Both a musical prodigy and a storyteller, Johnnie is a rare natural talent like no other. It’s a breath of fresh air in the pop landscape because it’s not pre-packaged in a blockbuster factory. He is the real deal. From the moment he picked up a guitar at 14, he realized that making music was what he wanted to spend his days doing. But let’s go back…
Originally from Kentucky, Johnnie received his first big dose of culture when his family moved and moved to New York. Immediately exposed to an influx of art, music and fashion, the city soon taught him that being yourself is a good thing. “It was the first time I saw the world as 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 experienced and absorbed while living in Manhattan. What started as a simple platform to keep in touch with family and friends back home quickly grew into thousands of monthly viewers. He was a shy kid, but 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 writing skills and his voice to create his musical truth. A move to Nashville followed where he took the lessons from New York and began to implement them into beautiful songs.
Constantly traveling between Nashville, Los Angeles and New York, Johnnie’s has worked with industry legends such as James Michael, Tommy Lee, Damon Sharpe, Lindy Robbins, Lauren Christy, Pam Sheyne, The Ready Set and Nash Overstreet, to n to name a few. In addition to writing and recording with multi-platinum producers and songwriters, he has also opened for many major artists on tour to crowds of thousands, crossing both genres and generations.
Johnnie has released the official music video for his new single, “I Hope It Hurts”. As Johnnie’s first collaboration with the legendary James Michael, “I Hope It Hurts” is emotionally charged. A song about internalizing and projecting pain after heartbreak, the track would later be released as the official single leading into Johnnie’s debut album. From the haunting piano intro to the explosive chorus, “I Hope It Hurts” found new territory for Johnnie both vocally and lyrically. You can watch the official music video for “I Hope It Hurts” below or on YouTube @JohnnieMikel.
Drawing inspiration from his vast musical and geographical influences, Johnnie continues to create tracks that will make you both move and think. However, when he’s not in the studio or collecting millions of radio streams and plays, he gives back. Mikel created the “One Word Foundation” in 2016 after writing his song “One” (included in Purgatory) which is inspired by the idea that a word, a choice or a chance can change the course of a life. . Johnnie’s One Word Foundation focuses on teaching children the weight of their words and actions. Through the foundation, Mikel has partnered with various charities and Boys and Girls Clubs across the country to help those in need. Since 2016, the foundation has also partnered with various charities in support of causes close to Johnnie’s heart, such as homelessness, hunger, education, helping disadvantaged communities, and animal rights. “I got a gift,” says Johnnie, “and I have to use it to give back.” To learn more about the One Word Foundation and how Johnnie uses art to fuel activism, please visit: https://www.johnniemikel.com/onewordfoundation.
Mikel is currently studying political science and economics at Western Kentucky University to further merge his artistic message with his activism. “I realized that being creative is at the heart of my identity. Whatever I’m working on, whether it’s music, design or something in the political space, I always approach it from a creative point of view. I once heard someone say that his mind wouldn’t let him do anything else, and that’s exactly how I feel.
Music has often played a key role in social activism, especially in times of conflict or crisis. Artists have raised their pen and voice in hopes of bridging the gap on what appears to be a vast, fragmented landscape. With Johnnie Mikel’s upcoming album, “Purgatory,” he’s adding his creative fuel to the collective of progressive voices organizing for change.
Purgatory is set for release on February 3, 2023. A tale of intersections in art and culture, Purgatory, produced by James Michael (Mötley Crüe, Alanis Morissette, Kelly Clarkson) tackles topics such as mental health in the entertainment industry music, the effects of the media on youth, human rights and romantic and political disillusionment. The deeply faith-based lyrics resonate from the times with a fierce hope for a better future. Sonically, the album begs not to be cataloged. With alternative pop leanings, he seduces the listener with influences ranging from Bowie and Gaga to The 1975 and Walk the Moon. “My favorite artists and my biggest influences are those with a message. I like artists who look like an enigma, because they are multi-faceted and constantly changing,” says Mikel.
You can stay updated on all the latest news with Johnnie on social media platforms like Instagram https://www.instagram.com/johnniemikel/, Twitter https://twitter.com/johnniemikel/Tok Tok https://www.tiktok.com/@johnniemikel and Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/johnniemikel/.
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Johnnie Mikel – Hope It Hurts (Official Music Video)