“The girl can sing!”, says Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum entertainer, Sammy Kershaw, in an interview with Nashville Country Club. “Her pitch is so good, she has country soul, her phrasing is great and the way she breathes in the song, it’s unbelievable that she has been sitting out there.” That was the response multi-talented singer/songwriter, Mallory Johnson, received shortly after winning the “Next Country Star” 2015 talent contest in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Raised on Music Icons like Dolly, Merle, George, Shania and many others, Mallory has a true love for music, including artists like Kacey Musgraves, Jason Isbell, The Dixie Chicks, Mumford & Sons, and Beyoncé, to name a few. “I grew up on the legends of Country music because that’s what my parents are fans of. My mom used to tour all the time playing country music, so my love for the genre is deep-rooted.”
As the recent winner of the 2017 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Spotlight performance contest, Mallory is no stranger to the stage and has been performing in front of audiences for as long as she can remember. As early as eight years old, she was the youngest ever to perform both Canadian and American National Anthems at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto for an NHL game. She has shared the stage with many great artists, like Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Serena Ryder, Cory Hart and Dean Brody.
As a former, leading member of the 6-time MusicNL award-winning and ECMA nominated Celtic family group “The Cormiers”, Mallory has recorded four albums while traveling throughout the U.S., Canada and Scotland performing theatres and festivals, like Mile One Stadium, the North American Folk Alliance, Exploits Valley Salmon and North Bay Heritage Festival, to name a few.
Adding to her many talents, Mallory has also been very busy in musical theatre. She’s performed with The Spirit of Newfoundland, Theatre St. John’s, Peter MacDonald Productions, Best Kind Productions, TaDa Events, and many others, with some of her favorite roles being “Frenchy” in Grease, “Amber” in Hairspray, “Serena Katz” in Fame and “Dolly Parton” in Smoky Mountain Songbird (The Music of Dolly Parton).
Raised in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador, Mallory is a graduate of the Primary/Elementary Education program at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has taken voice, piano and dance lessons since she was five years old by some of the best instructors in the province. Over the past few years, she has combined her teaching credentials and music experience to teach voice, piano and musical theatre at “City Performance Academy” and “Connie Parsons School of Dance.”
Soon after winning the “Next Country Star”, Mallory was on her way to Nashville and Muscle Shoals to record new music, produced by Sammy Kershaw. The first track, “Tupelo”, written by hit makers Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson and Steve McEwan, was released in December, 2015 and skyrocketed to #6 on the Canadian Country iTunes Top Songs List on its first day of release!
The forthcoming, self-titled, EP is slated for release May 18th. “I am looking forward to finally releasing this six-song project. These songs have been a part of my live show, my family’s playlists and my heart for a while now. I have grown so much as an artist, a writer, and a person, and I’m just as excited about these songs now as I was when I stepped into the recording studio. There’s sass, rawness, heartbreak, and a little humor, and I believe this collection of songs best represent me as an artist today.”