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Up and coming country music artist comes to Columbia

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John King says his fans are his friends, and he is devoted to having a one-on-one experience with them. John King says his fans are his friends, and he is devoted to having a one-on-one experience with them.
King said he was excited to perform his new single, "On Your Lips," at Jillian's in Columbia. King said he was excited to perform his new single, "On Your Lips," at Jillian's in Columbia.

By: Dawn Logg

Jillian's in Columbia was packed Friday night as the crowd welcomed up and coming country artist, John King. The country singer, who idolizes Garth Brooks and Kenny Chesney, is touring to introduce his name and music to fans.

King said to make it in the music industry, especially in Nashville, it is important to stand out from thousands of other talented musicians.

"The only thing that I feel like I can offer that's different from all of those other artists is that I love to communicate one-on-one with my fans, I love my fans," King said.

Concert go-ers flocked to the dance floor, and they said he kept their boots stomping all night long.

"They're really good with the crowd, reading the crowd, and interacting with them in general, they're doing a great job," King fan Emily Sapier said.

King says he believes his move to Nashville is good timing and his loyal fans are the reason why he gets to do what he loves. King signed with Black River Entertainment in 2013, a company that also represents country stars like Kellie Pickler. He signed within six months of moving to Nashville which he says is pretty unheard of. 

King graduated from the University of Georgia with a music degree, which he said set the groundwork for his music career, but his fans and his family are to thank as well.

“The two best feelings as an artist are number one, hearing your song on the radio is crazy. And number two, probably the best feeling is when those fans have gone and downloaded, and heard that song on the radio, and listen to it on YouTube and sing it back to you in a show that's mind-blowing,” he said.

So why is John King a country singer to keep and eye on?

“I just got my first major cut, Randy Houser's next single is a song I wrote, so it's cool to see things kind of happen on the artist side and the song writing side,” he said.

A huge accomplishment in the music industry that he says is truly a blessing.

With original song hits like "Hooker Shoes," "Tonight Tonight," and "On Your Lips," King hopes to one day become a household name for country music. 

To see if John King is playing near you, visit www.johnkingcountry.com.

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