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Kelli Johnson

"Writing my life story, one song at a time "

              Born and raised in North Alabama , Kelli Johnson was steeped in the rich musical heritage of Country, Bluegrass, Gospel, and Motown. With her rootsy twang, powerhouse vocals and Award-Winning songwriting, Kelli has an innate ability to create music that defies genre boundaries. Her music has been featured in National Television Commercials, Independent Films, and Recordings by Major Label and Independent Artists alike.

             As a songwriter, Kelli has written songs with Award winning writers such as Max T. Barnes, Byron Hill, Jerry Salley, Lance Carpenter, Charley Stefl, and Aaron Barker, and with Major artists Craig Campbell, Riley Green, Brittany Spencer, and Drake White. White's album " The Optimystic" featuring 3 songs co-written with Johnson, debuted #1 on the iTunes County Album Charts! Album single "Power of A Woman", co- written with Johnson, was recently featured in Billboard and People Magazine. Kelli also penned 3 tunes on The Voice Season 19 artists Worth The Wait album "Vinyl Revival", as well as dozens of Independent Artists Cuts.

             As a performer, Kelli has opened for Sugarland, Restless Heart, Wet Willie, Rodney Crowell, Marty Raybon, and has toured with Grammy Winning Artist John Berry. She has performed on Music City Roots, PBS, APT, The Dugger Mountain Music Hall Show, The Phil Mack International Country Music Show, and was a featured artist on Barry Waldrep's 2021 Tony Rice Tribute Album, alongside Vince Gill, John Berry, Marty Raybon, John Cowan, Emmylou Harris and more!

            Kelli resides just outside Nashville, Tn, where she continues to write and perform.

Congratulations to Drake White 
on his Newest release
The Optimystic
 #1 on iTunes Country Albums!

which includes 3 songs co-written with Kelli!

"The Optimystic"
written by : Drake White, Kelli Johnson, and Lauren Weintraub

Power of A Woman
written by : Drake White, Kelli Johnson, and Lindsey Hinkle


First Country: New Music From Miranda Lambert, Walker Hayes, Darius Rucker, Keb’ Mo’ & More

By Jessica Nicholson​


    Warm, cohesive instrumentation provides a cool, relaxed groove that underpins White’s smooth brand of country-soul on this track. Here, White offers an ode to the myriad of strengths his woman displays, whether she’s speaking her mind, playing a mean game of poker, or fearlessly showing vulnerability. This track was penned by White, Lindsey Hinkle and Kelli Johnson, and co-produced by White and Jaren Johnston.

Colorful Records

Featured Artist

Kelli is a Featured Artist on Barry Waldrep's Tribute to Tony Rice , and also sings background vocals on tracks featuring Marty Raybon and Vince Gill.

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      Bluegrass instrumentalist and producer Barry Waldrep is releasing a special tribute to bluegrass guitarist Tony Rice. The 21-song project, Barry Waldrep and Friends Celebrate Tony Rice, will be available everywhere on Dec. 24 and features an all-star lineup of bluegrass, Americana, and country royalty.

Among some of the guests on the upcoming project are Rodney Crowell, Jim Lauderdale, Warren Haynes, and Oteil Burbridge, alongside Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Spooner Oldham and Patrick Simmons and country’s Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris.

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As Good As it Gets - Allie Colleen

As Good As it Gets
Allie Colleen

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Ava Paige
Wrapped in Ribbon

Bailey James, Mia Morris - Bitter

Bailey James & Mia Morris

Brittany Moore - Dropped Some Weight

Dropped Some Weight
Brittany Moore

dan washburn good day

Good Day
Dan Washburn


Grandpa'a Rocking Chair
Hands of Time

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Home To Me
Ericca Latza

Bailey James - I Feel A Sin

I Feel A Sin
Bailey James

Dusty Leigh - Love You Like You're Leaving
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Love You Like You're Leaving
Dusty Leigh

Love You Like You're Leaving
Worth The Wait

Judy Paster - My Better Half ( acoustic version)

My Better Half (Acoustic Version )
Judy Paster

My Better Half - Judy Paster

My Better Half
Judy Paster

My Next Ex- Gina Jones

My Next Ex
Gina Jones

Gina Jones - My Next Ex

My Next Ex
Gina Jones

Olivia Harms - Neon Blue

Neon Blue
Olivia Harms

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Power of A Woman
Drake White

Ashton Brooke Gill - Running Out Of Reasons

Running Out of Reasons
Ashton Brooke Gill

Rick Harris - Somebody in Alabama Loves You

Somebody in Alabama
Loves You

Rick Harris

The Bluegrass Soul Pickers - Somebody in Alabama Loves You

Somebody in Alabama Loves You
Bluegrass Soul Pickers

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The Kinder Kind
Worth The Wait 

Pam Thrower and Shine

Somebody in Alabama
Loves You

Pam Thrower & Shine


The Optimystic
Drake White 

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Time Well Wasted
Worth the Wait


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Water Me Down
Taylor Austin Dye

Graham Bramlett -What  Do You Do

What Do you Do
Graham Bramlett

Johnson, Cone and Ryan - What You Want From Me

What You Want From Me
Johnson, Cone and Ryan

Meyers Ethridge - World's On Fire
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World's On Fire
Meyers Ethridge

Ericca Latza


You Can't Have My Dog
Drake White

Joe Martin - Your Love Aint The Only Thing Keeping Me Awake

Your Love Ain't The Only Thing
Joe Martin


Drake White - The Optimystic
written by Kelli Johnson , Lauren Weintraub, and Drake White

Drake White - Power of A Woman
written by Kelli Johnson , Lindsey Hinkle ,and Drake White

Riley Green - "Alcohol of Fame"
written by Riley Green, Kelli Johnson, and Drake White
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