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Portraits of Canton: Krista Johnson Finds Her Voice

March 30, 2016 Arts and Entertainment, Photos No Comments

By John Fitts

Krista Johnson is convinced her love of music came “whilst in the womb” but it’s only recently that she’s truly found her voice.

Growing up, music was always around, emanating from albums, her mother’s lips and father’s piano playing.

“Everything about music speaks to me,” said Johnson, who is 29. “I’m always humming; the breathing when I’m singing calms me down. It’s my life force.” 

“The right song can make me cry or dance or laugh,” she added. “It’s all so great.”

Several years ago, Johnson got a guitar but it ended up in her brother Tim’s possession. In 2013, she bought a short-scale guitar. This time she didn’t let go – although she now plays a “full sized” instrument to accompany her singing.

“I started taking lessons last year and that’s when the songs starting coming,” she said.

Still, she was initially reluctant to play them in front of people. Johnson, however, is getting more and more comfortable.

“I was very shy but I realized that’s a silly way to be,” she said. “Performing in front of people is beautiful. To see people who know the words and who have their eyes closed; it’s so humbling.”

Krista Johnson during a recent fundraising show at Giv Coffee in Canton.

Krista Johnson during a recent fundraising show at Giv Coffee in Canton.

It was after a show at Downright Music and Art in Collinsville that someone asked her when her album was coming out.

It got her thinking and she discovered Tracy Walton, a Litchfield-based recording artist, producer and studio owner. Soon after, he reached out to her.

“I started researching and then Tracy Walton contacted me by chance. I said ‘well alright, I’ll take that as a sign,’” she said. “Songs just kept coming after that.”

Johnson recently ran an online campaign, raising approximately $1,300 of the estimated $4,000 album cost.

She’s forging ahead, continues to work and raise the rest of the funds. She hopes to release the album this summer.

“It was time,” she said of the decision to record. “I’ve been given a gift, why not share it.”

And meanwhile, she plans to keep playing, eventually put together a band and hopes to hit the folk circuit.

Her ultimate goal is to play the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado.

“This is my passion,” she said. “I want to see the world.”

Upcoming chances to see Johnson perform include:

  • April 1 – Collinsville Film Festival, opening night. 7:15, Canton Town Hall auditorium
  • April 7 – Bridge Street Live, opening for Francesca Blanchard, 8 p.m.
  • April 17 – Radio Bean, Burlington, VT 7 p.m.
  • May 12 – Chatterly’s in New Hartford with Tim Johnson, 8 to 11 p.m.
  • July 1 – Rapscallion Brewery, Fiskdale, Mass., 6 to 9 p.m.

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