Fresh multi-genre artist Johnny Gillespie announces the release of his single “Candy” on all major streaming platforms. Co-produced by Jin Wooh, “Candy” fuses a modern country sound with a pop/hip-hop twist – similar to Florida Georgia Line’s style. Collaborating with artist Seejai, the song is a reminder to count your blessings and be proud of the ones you love. “Seejai literally thought of the hook in what felt like seconds…. he said, ‘I don’t know about yours but I know about mine.’ I said, ‘what?’ Then he said, ‘Candy’ (referring to his wife as his candy and how proud he was of his wife),” says Gillespie of the inspiration behind the song. “In a time like this, it’s wise to count your blessings to make light in a time of darkness…. I guess the story goes to be proud of your partner in life because they’re the sweetest thing you got!”

Johnny Gillespie is a California native whose music seamlessly blends the lines between alternative pop, country, and rock. He draws inspiration from all genres and from influences such as Sublime’s Bradley Nowell and Marshal Mathers. Gillespie strives to maintain a sense of uniqueness in everything he creates. “I don’t want to sound like anyone other than me,” says Gillespie. Throughout the span of his career, Gillespie has worked with Ronnie King (Gillespie’s mentor) a record producer known for his work with legends like Tupac and Mariah Carey. Gillespie has also worked with Casey Sullivan (from Seedless) and collaborated with producer Bradley Denniston (G-Eazy, Gotye).

After rediscovering himself and his mission in music when he became sober, Gillespie decided to make art that reflected the inspiration he needed in his darkest days. The singer dealt with health issues as a child and found music as a way of connecting with people. His music maintains a sense of uplifting motivation through lyrics and sound. “If life ain’t fair get a new perspective,” sings Gillespie in his single “Day by Day.”

Cover Art by Liam Mingione

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