Josh Kinney

The latest star to come out of Alabama isn’t a football legend. It’s Gardendale native Josh Kinney, whose songs mix the twang of modern country music with the beat-heavy bounce of contemporary pop. Kinney began writing songs at home, in a household filled with foster siblings and two hard-working parents. It was hard to find a quiet place to work with 12 children in the home, but that didn’t stop him from strumming each new song on the acoustic guitar he received as a Christmas present at 14 years old. A lifelong music fan, he didn’t have to look far for inspiration, taking his cues from old-school icons like George Strait and 21st century country-pop hitmakers like Florida Georgia Line and Jason Aldean.


The hard work paid off, and a 15 year-old Josh eventually emerged from one of his songwriting sessions with an upbeat track called “Ocean.” He saved up his money for an entire summer, then forked over $800 to record the track with producer Johnathan Hornsby. Released independently less than two years later, “Ocean” earned him a national audience, as well as a contract with the Los Angeles-based record label Birmingham Entertainment.


“I’m all about spreading a positive vibe,” says Kinney, whose songs tell universal stories about old flames, new relationships, and the thrill of leaving behind the city lights for the wide-open freedom of the countryside. “I’m trying to get away from that darkness and spread a whole new type of energy — an energy that helps people feel good and forget about everything else.”


He’s a country star for the fans whose musical tastes are all-encompassing, influenced by genre-bending playlists and the ever-widening range of contemporary country music. With more than one million digital streams, that story is gaining popularity fast… and Josh is already hard at work on the next chapter.


His current single, “Be the One” has already being creating a huge buzz. Look for this song to fly up the charts everywhere.




Josh Kinney – “Be The One”


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