Johnny Dailey has always known Nashville was where he needed to be. Like many artists and writers Dailey’s journey to the music city included years of long treks back and forth between Nashville and home. After three years of making these trips, Dailey finally made the leap and hasn’t looked back since. Dailey, set to release his debut single “Burns Like Whiskey” this Friday, is ready to make his name known throughout Nashville and beyond.
Recently, we had the chance to chat with Dailey about moving to Nashville, finding his voice as an artist and so much more!
When did you know that music was what you wanted to do with your life?
Thanks for having me! I’ve always had a connection with music since I was a kid. I received my first guitar when I was about 12-years-old but wasn’t aware that it was something I could make into a career. When I was a senior in high school, I was introduced to the Nashville songwriting scene through a family friend and was pretty much hooked from there. I moved to Charleston and that is where I started working on my songwriting and performing more frequently. From that point on, getting to Nashville was something that was always on my mind.
Once you knew what was your first step towards making it a reality?
I spent a few years driving back-and-forth to Nashville trying to get my foot in the door and make connections in the country music community. I put off moving for a while but ultimately knew Nashville was where I needed to be, so about 3 years ago I packed up my family and we moved to town to chase this dream.
How did your time performing in Charleston prepare you for the pressure of Nashville?
Charleston was where I first started really honing my craft as a songwriter and performer. I think it gave me a place to grow my artistry and also gave me time to figure out what I wanted to say as an artist and a writer.
As someone who is primarily a songwriter, when did you realize that you wanted to explore artistry?
I feel like I write my best songs about personal experiences. If I haven’t lived what the songs are talking about it’s hard for me to sing it. I knew being an artist would allow me to tell my story in a way that I couldn’t if I was solely a songwriter.
How did you know this was the right time to make the leap into artistry?
I felt like I was at a point in my life where I knew who I was and who I didn’t want to be. After losing my dad, getting married and having two kids I felt like I had lived enough life to write a good country song!
What’s the story behind your debut single “Burns Like Whiskey”?
I wrote this song with two great writers in town, Jimi Bell and Aaron Eshuis. We started out with the title and it just turned into this nostalgic story about a past relationship that didn’t quite work out but you can always look back on that person with good memories. There was definitely some magic in the room that day!
You can presave “Burns Like Whiskey” by click this link! https://awal.ffm.to/burnslikewhiskey
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