GET TO KNOW: Track 45

Years before their blend of southern pop and harmony-heavy country music attracted a national audience, the members of Track45 — siblings Benjamin, Jenna, and KK Johnson — grew up in Meridian, Mississippi. It was a musical household, filled with piano lessons, trips to the local symphony, and the sound of three aspiring songwriters who took every opportunity to perform together.

All three siblings began playing multiple instruments at an early age, including piano, mandolin, cello, violin and guitar. Early performances at local nursing homes in Mississippi gave Benjamin, Jenna and KK the chance to play together in public, laying the foundation for a career rooted in family harmonies and stunning musicianship. Even so, it was a much larger gig — the Bluegrass & BBQ Festival at Dollywood, roughly 450 miles away from Meridian in Pigeon Forge, TN — that allowed Track45 to grow their audience beyond the borders of their hometown. More shows followed, and after 24 performances at Dollywood, the band decided to pursue a lifelong career in music — together.

Track45’s sound creates — a mix of country twang, pop hooks, and blood harmonies — resonates with the musical influences of all three members. Jenna is a longtime fan of classic country, while Benjamin, who began arranging the band's songs at 13 years old — loves classical and pop music. KK is partial to soul music, and all three are super fans of the Beatles. And just like the Fab Four, they all sing - swapping harmonies and trading instruments throughout their performances. The result is a band whose true talents rest in the strength of the entire group. 

Upon moving to Nashville, Track45 found a city steeped in musical history. They immediately began adding their own chapter to that history book, playing shows at iconic venues like the Bluebird Cafe and writing with hit songwriters on Music Row. Primetime series The X Factor helped them gain an even wider following when Track45 earned a spot on the show, eventually advancing to the Hollywood finals. Meanwhile, Benjamin appeared on multiple CMA shows — including Christmas specials and the CMA Awards' 50th anniversary concert — as a background vocalist, singing with artists like Carrie Underwood, George Strait and Alan Jackson.

They continue to be fans of many genres, even performing dozens of popular cover songs in their own acoustic-based style — including hits by Adele, Sam Smith, Keith Urban and Justin Bieber — on their YouTube channel. Those performances have racked up hundreds of thousands of views, and one of their covers was even featured by the hit radio show The Bobby Bones Show.

But the members of Track45 save their best work for the band's own material. Collaborating with songwriters like Rivers Rutherford and Jason Blume, Track45 continues making music that's rooted in the harmony and history of their childhood while still pushing forward with their unique, electrifying sound.

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