Raised in East Nashville, the son of a Grand Ole Opry drummer, Jaren Johnston was always surrounded by quality, diverse music. He started playing drums as a little kid, and when he was 13 his dad gave him an acoustic and an electric guitar along with an amp. Becoming more rock influence by Nirvana, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tom Petty and others, Johnston began to explore the craft of writing songs. In 2005, with his best friends, he formed a rock band that became American Bang. Through Warner Bros. Records, they released their first EP, two singles (“Move To The Music” and “Wild And Young”) and a full record. They lost their record deal but as they regrouped they found a new direction that has been called “country fuzz”. It wasn’t long before they were recording music for this band, The Cadillac Three. The band is signed to Big Machine Records, has enjoyed success with such singles as “I’m Southern”, “White Lightening” and “Drunk Like You” and recently released their record Bury Me In My Boots.
Through all of this Johnston has always remained focused on writing. He celebrated his first number one with “You Gonna Fly”, recorded by Keith Urban, and has a few cuts with Urban including the #1 single “Raise ‘Em Up”. His list of hit singles include: Jake Owen’s “Beachin’”, “Days of Gold” and “American Country Love Song”; Billy Currington’s “Don’t It”; Tim McGraw’s “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” and “Southern Girl”; Frankie Ballard’s “Sunshine & Whiskey” and “It All Started With A Beer”; and Drake White’s “Livin The Dream”. He has additional cuts with such artists as A Thousand Horses, Cavo, David Nail, Dierks Bentley, Easton Corbin, Jack’s Mannequin, Kenny Chesney, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Meatloaf, Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans, Tyler Bryant and Thomas Rhett.
The Grammy-nominated Jaren Johnston is always working hard to build his career. Along with being the primary writer and lead-singer for The Cadillac Three, writing with and for other artists, he has now started a publishing company, Two Black Dogs with his publisher Sony/ATV Music Publishing. When Johnston is not touring, recording or writing, he is spending quality time in Nashville with his family.