“Each Level You Climb Will Always Require You To Work Harder Than Ever” 5 Insider Tips With Johnnie Mikel

Yitzi Weiner
Thrive Global
Published in
9 min readJun 4, 2018

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Photo Courtesy of Johnnie Mikel

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing upcoming pop artist, Johnnie Mikel. The “Friday Night” singer discusses his inspirations, best lessons, and what’s next for him!

What is your backstory?

I’m a 20-year-old pop artist originally from a small town in Kentucky. I grew up in a close family surrounded by a lot of creativity. I was always interested in all forms of art and expression. Honestly, I was extremely shy as a kid, but writing is where I found a place to release everything I was feeling and thinking. From an early age, I began jotting down pretty deep poems, short stories, journal entries, etc. It just felt so natural! At age 11, my family relocated to New York City and that absolutely changed everything for me. I really came out of my shell when exposed to so many new things and ideas. Once I picked up a guitar at age 14 and started combining my two loves of writing and music, I never again questioned what I wanted to do in life. I moved back home at 15 and finished my last couple of years of high school online to start commuting to Nashville for writing sessions, voice lessons, and other music-related opportunities. As soon as I turned 18, I moved to Nashville full-time to commit everything to my career path and began taking several trips to LA. Soon, I found myself staying and working on the west coast more than Nashville. I always tell people that my soul wouldn’t allow me to do anything other than make music. I genuinely can’t imagine doing anything else and being this happy… I’m just so passionate about my art and work extremely hard to reach every goal I set for myself. I’m so thankful for the success I’ve obtained recently on the charts.

Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that has happened to you thus far in your music career?

There’s honestly SO many ways I could answer this question! I’ve been blessed to have had so many breathtaking experiences in my career thus far, especially at such a young age. I think one of the most surreal moments was having the opportunity to be on stage at Soldier Field in Chicago and getting to hang backstage at a Metallica show with Mix Master Mike and Avenged Seven Fold. I also got to meet Jerry Only…

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Yitzi Weiner
Thrive Global

A “Positive” Influencer, Founder & Editor of Authority Magazine, CEO of Thought Leader Incubator