Kelli Johnson

Kelli Johnson


Kelli Johnson is a breath of fresh air. She can take bluegrass, country, rock, or motown and make it into something new and all her own. Her unique vocal style and solid guitar playing put her in a league of her own. Whether she's solo or with a full band, she is the finishing touch to any gathering


Kelli Johnson is a singer/songwriter/guitar player from Gadsden who has been performing at various bluegrass festivals and other venues in the Southeast for almost a decade. Though she has been compared to artists like Allison Krauss, Sheryl Crow, and Rhonda Vincent, she has taken her love of bluegrass, country, R&B, and rock to create a sound that is all her own and like no other.
Johnson currently splits her time performing solo while playing with the bluegrass group Distant Cousins and with a newly formed trio featuring Jason Bailey and Michelle Cone. Her blend of traditional and progressive bluegrass has created an ever-growing fan base among even the most traditional fans.
Johnson, who has shared the stage with such acts as Claire Lynch, Thyrd Time Out, Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike, Wade Hayes, Ken Mellons, and Highway 101, has recorded two CD's and a DVD with the Distant Cousins. She will release her first solo project this month.
To hear some of Johnson’s original songs, visit and
In addition to several original tunes, Johnson performs songs by artists such as Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Sheryl Crow, Bee Gees, Journey, Lee Ann Womack, Sara Evans, Heart, Rhonda Vincent, Allison Krauss, Dolly Parton, Jewel and Miranda Lambert.

She has also performed and help produce her own tv show, with the Distant Cousins, on WJXS, which airs 5 times a week!
Kelli is also an accomplished songwriter whose songs are gaining wide popularity in and around Northeast Alabama, with a few receiving local air play!


Somebody in Alabama(Distant Cousins)
Pickin' and Singin' Live(Distant Cousins
Kelli Johnson

Set List

Kelli's set includes seversl original tunes, as well as a variety of bluegrass, country, classic and contemporary rock, motown, and gospel.3 Chords and the Truth- Sara Evans
A Picture of Me Without You- George Jones
A Soft Place to Fall- Allisson Moorer
A Thousand Times a Day- Patty Loveless
Alabama Song- Allison Moorer
Abilene- Sheryl Crow
Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
All I Wanna Do- Heart
All I Wanted- Kelli Johnson
Alone- Heart
Angel From Montgomery- John Prine
Another Tear- Rhonda Vincent
Apartment #9- Tammy Wynette
Arizona- Jamie O'neil
Ashes By Now- Rodney Crowell
Atlanta-Little Feat
Baby I Love You- Aretha Franklin
B*tch- Meredith Brooks
Blame It On Me- LeeAnn Womack
Blame It On Your Heart- Patty Loveless
Breakaway- Kelly Clarkson
Breath(2AM)- Anna NAlick
Breathe- Faith Hill
Bring Me Down- Miranda Lambert
Bye-Bye- Jodee Messina
Can't Find My Way Home- Blind Faith
Can't Take It With You- Rhonda Vincent
Chain of Fools- Aretha Franklin
Champagne High