#BreakingTheIce with Robby Johnson

Canadian country music artist Robby Johnson has a special love for music. It all started with a Christmas present for him to a record in a studio and that’s where his dreams grew. In 2012, he quit his job and moved to Nashville. Robby Johnson continues to write songs and make music. He is one of Nashville’s fastest-rising newcomers.
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Where are you answering these questions from and what are you wearing?
Nashville, TN at Loud Recording with Julian King closing mixes. Wearing my Lucky John Varvatos t-shirt and my Jogg jeans by Diesel, the most comfortable jeans ever.
What’s your official title and favorite thing about what you do?
I’m a down to earth family guy that also has the great privilege to sing and create incredible moments with a lot of country fans out there.
What are three things you CANNOT live without?
My family, fishing and peanut butter.
What’s the first concert you’ve ever attended?
Pennsylvania rock band Live. A light rain started at the end of the concert adding to the experience. Memorable concert and performance!
If you could only listen to one album the rest of your life, what album would you pick and why?
Traveller by Chris Stapleton.
What’s the hardest life lesson you’ve learned?
That the word “business” in the expression “music business” is an understatement.
Beer or whiskey?
Whiskey
Who is your favorite country singer from the 90s?
Garth Brooks. He’s the reason I’m doing country music!
Out of all the songs you’ve written, do you have a favorite?
“Don’t Look Back” that I co-wrote with JT Harding. JT was such a great write.
Do you have a favorite place to perform?
As long as I have people in front of me, it doesn’t really matter where I’m at.
What’s one gift you will never forget?
The studio session that was given to me for Christmas about four years ago. It was to cut a demo of one of my songs. I went there thinking it was the worst Christmas gift ever cause I was a sales rep on the road back then and finally came out knowing what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
What current event has your eyes and ears? What are you doing about it?
Child poverty. Last spring I was a spokesperson for a charity event that collected food and money for families in need.
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How do you think songwriters play a vital role in music today?
New artists that go to Nashville are often told what to write, how to write it, and how it should sound. Established songwriters have the power to either tap in someone’s gift or alienate it. A lot of songwriters tried to break Sam Hunt until he finally met with Shane McAnally that helped him create the top selling album Montevallo.
What’s one super power you wish you had?
To fly like Superman. Even better…Being Superman!
You’re making your favorite sandwich…what’s on it?
Peanut butter and caramel. LOTS of peanut butter and caramel.

Name one artist of any genre besides country that you are a fan of and tell us why?

The Beatles. They decided to do music their way. Who cares if it’s a minor chord, if that’s what the song needs, it’s what it needs.
What makes you laugh out loud?
My older brother. I miss him a lot!
Fill in the blank: It’s not a party until…
…you post a picture of your best friend sleeping on the couch with make-up on while you’re holding a lightsaber!
Fill in the blank: I believe music can…
I believe country music can bring you back to your roots and what’s most important in life.
Are you a fan of Robby Johnson? Let us know why in the comments below.
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Author: Brittany Vance

West Virginia born & bred living life in the DMV. I believe in kind hearts & strong drinks. Mom of two boys and Autism advocate. Music is not only powerful but magical. In the words of Merle Haggard: Good music will live forever. I am here to share that music with each of you.

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