Kaylee Johnston’s “Try” is an infectious follow up to her first single, “Are You The One”. The alt-rock song will have you eagerly awaiting her new EP, set to be released in early 2016. She’s an ambitious Vancouver-based musician who spent the last two years writing and recording for the upcoming self-titled album.
Johnston’s first album was recorded at the age of 16. Her song, “Arms Around Me,” earned her a finalist slot in the Canadian Radio Star songwriting competition as well as use in a made-for-TV movie, on CBC radio, and Vancouver’s Jack FM morning show. Since then Johnston has opened for Dragonette and Ace of Base, and shared stages with Carly Rae Jepsen, One Republic, and Joe Jonas.
It’s easy to hear Johnson’s musical influences on “Try”- Stevie Nicks, Annie Lennox, and Heart. The track is also very reminiscent of ’80s pop songs with catchy hooks and strong vocals. Though the pop vibe is evident throughout the EP, you’ll also hear rock, R&B, and soul. After writing hundreds of songs, Johnston made her picks for the EP. It was produced and mixed by Steve Smith and Anthony Anderson of SA Trackworks and mastered by Tom Coynes (Beyonce, Taylor Swift).
“Try” is released today via PopMatters.