KING OF SING

John King’s single ‘I Still Pick Up’ tops Applemusic chart
He’s done it again.
A new single by rising country music superstar and Demorest native John King has topped music charts just days after its release Friday.
King’s newest release, “I Still Pick Up” – a break-up/love song, he told The Northeast Georgian Monday – was in good company, joining Applemusic’s top five with releases by Dustin Lynch, “Small Town Boy” (No. 4); Kid Rock, “Tennessee Mountain Top” (No. 3); and Shania Twain, “We Got Something They Don’t” (No. 2).
King told The Northeast Georgian he was humbled by “the insane amount of support [witnessed] early on.
“More than I’ve seen for any song,” he said. “On Saturday morning, it was already top five on Applemusic, which is crazy because it’s right behind Shania Twain.”
In addition to the excitement stirred up by King’s new single, he also signed in January a new management deal with Starstruck Entertainment, owned and operated by Narvel Blackstock, which represents stars like singer-songwriters Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson, also known for their appearances on “The Voice” and “American Idol,” respectively.
“We released this song through my management company,” he said of the track. “It’s doing insanely well.”
Though all is right in King’s love life – as he’s been happily married to his high-school sweetheart, Hannah King, whom he’s been with since he was 15 – King said the inspiration for the song came from the kind of heartbreak he’s seen friends and loved ones endure.
“I wrote this song about a year ago and wrote it with [my producer], and it was really a song [where] as soon as we wrote it, it just felt special,” he said.
One lyric in particular, “Lonely feels a lot like love,” resonated with King because he finds the statement to be true.
“It really had a deeper meaning behind it,” he said.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to not have too many relationship issues like that,” King continued. But “looking … around me, [I’ve seen] friends and family members who have struggled through those relationships with people who are almost toxic – who you can’t stay away from.”
King said “I Still Pick Up” is “the first release of many” off a new untitled album, yet to be released.
“It’s a little preview for what’s to come,” he said. “We’ll probably be coming out with a second song in early 2018.”
The future album, which King said has yet to be named, is already recorded and the company is in the process of releasing “one song at a time.
“We really wanted to go in and get the product and the sounds of the record 100-percent perfect,” he said. “We worked for a long time going in and getting a unique sound.
“We’ve kind of been back to the drawing board in the studio, wanting to find something that was a little more unique and was going to stick out, and I’m happy I think we found it,” King continued.
King, a transplant to Nashville, Tennessee, for the last couple of years, continues to focus on his music and growing his fan base.
“This year, we’ve done about 120 dates all over the U.S.,” he said. “Recently, we were up in Canada with Little Big Town at a big festival up there, Cavendish Beach Festival, the largest country-music festival in Canada.”
King said upcoming shows on his tour schedule include San Diego, California, and New Mexico.
“It really is all over the map,” he said. “I wish we got to get home (Georgia) a little more, but it’s tough trying to get to new places and [expand] the fan base everywhere.”
But it hasn’t been long since King last reached a milestone. Randy Houser’s single, “We Went,” co-written by King, reached No. 1 on U.S. country charts, including Country Music Television (CMT) and No. 1 on Billboard in spring 2016. At the time, King told The Northeast Georgian “We Went” was his first No. 1 single as a songwriter, which he wrote the summer prior with Matt Rogers and Justin Wilson.
“I Still Pick Up” is available digitally through online formats like Spotify and Applemusic, in addition to other outlets like Amazon.
“Our goal [is] eventually, it will be available physically, too,” King said, where “we’ll have it on the road to sell.”
While King stays busy in and out of the studio, he said he’s looking forward to returning to his roots in summer 2018 to again headline Demorest’s annual Glorious Fourth of July Celebration.
“We’ve been trying to build that up bigger and bigger every year,” he said. “I’m thinking this year is going to be the biggest year yet.”
King thanked his hometown fans, saying they have proven to be his biggest support system.
“We’re just excited by the overwhelming amount of early support,” he said. “We’d like to thank the people back home for being so supportive. I’ve had so many texts and calls and emails. …
“I know we can always depend on people back home,” King continued. “We really appreciate their support of our songs.”
This month, King is slated to play shows in South Carolina, at Texas A&M University and in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, before heading to California, according to his official website, johnkingcountry.com.
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