Carolyn Kruse

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Songwriting is a skill that requires talent and time put in. Listening to Morgan Johnston, it’s clear she’s got plenty of both. Morgan has been practing her art since she was in middle school.  It’s also clear she has a gift for communicating her words, and knowing what to do with her voice to evoke an emotional response. Morgan’s vocals are smooth, like a freshly paved road. Sometimes her delivery comes off as dreamy, sometimes playful, sometimes courageous, often thoughful, always palatable.

This singer/songwriter’s road began in Marstons Mills, on the Cape, it took her all the way to Nashville, which she now calls home. Johnston went to college on an equestrian scholarship. She always wrote and sang, but made it official with the move to Nashville, after college. The inspiration she draws from artists like Maren Morris is recognizible. Taking the lead from the strong women singer/songwriters before her, Morgan is definitley making her own path, creating her unique art, and paving those roads as she goes.

  • Music by Morgan

    “The End”

    • What is your song about/how did it come to be: “The End” is the first love song I ever put out. If you know my writing at all, that says a lot- ha! I wrote this song with two of my favorite co-writers in town; Lydia Dall and Chase McDaniel. “The End” was written with the intention to capture the excitement and nervousness that someone might feel when they meet the person they know they’re going to spend the rest of their life with. It’s flirty and sweet but also tips its hat to the hesitation someone might have when they feel this seriously about someone being the last time they’ll ever love.”

     

    Listen to “The End” here:

     

  • Just Johnston

     

    • From: Cape Cod, Massachusetts
    • Grew up in: Marstons Mills, Ma
    • Now lives in: Nashville, TN
    • Current single: “The End”
    • What lead you to music: As far as the writing aspect, the ups and downs of life, the beauty and the tragedy we are constantly facing as humans has always naturally led me to writing for as long as I can remember. It used to be simply a tool to express myself or get the thoughts out of my head and now I just happen to get to do that and share it with the world. I started seriously writing songs when I was thirteen. As far as the performing aspect, my parents have always been performers so I think part of it was in my blood and part of it was nurtured. I love to share stories that bring people together and help put words and songs into people’s lives when they need them the most.
    • How old when you started: Thirteen
    • First country song you learned: Heads Carolina by Jo Dee Messina
    • Instruments played: Guitar and piano
    • How would you describe your sound: Honest, Sassy, Dreamy, Profound
    • Who inspires you: Kacey Musgraves, Shania Twain, Maren Morris, Jp Saxe, Donovan Woods, The Chicks
    • Dream duet partner: Morgan Wallen
    • All- time favorite country songs:  “Come A Little Closer- Dierks Bently or “When Someone Stops Loving You” – Little Big Town
    • First country concert: The Chicks!
    • What songs do you like now on Country 1025: “Flower Shops”- Ernest featuring Morgan Wallen,  and “Circles Around This Town”- Maren Morris
    • If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing: I know I’d still write and perform music at some capacity but I’d probably also be doing something combining working with animals and children who have disabilities
    • Day Job: I’m a nanny for a sweet, sixteen year old boy who has Down Syndrome
    • Most proud moment: Playing the Cape Cod Melody Tent in September of 2021
    • Crazy thing that happened in your music career: I opened for Dustin Lynch for a one off show in MA and he invited me out on stage to sing “Thinking ‘Bout You” with him!
    • Other things you like to do: I’m big into the sport reining, if you haven’t heard of it it’s a competitive, western, horseback riding sport. I own a quarter horse and enjoy training and competing at the rening events when I have extra time. I also love to workout, do anything at the beach and read.
    • Fun facts: My dad is a professional jouster…. yes, like the guys with the armor who hit each other on horseback. It’s a long story…
    • Mantra: Whether you believe you can or you believe you can’t, you’re right.

    Local Catch Morgan Johnston from Cape Cod

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