“From the first time I heard Johnny’s voice, I knew I wanted to sing with him. I walked right up to him, introduced myself, and joked that we should be in a duo.” -Janell Wheeler
They met as competitors, they grew as friends, and now they’ve teamed up as a band; this is LOCKHART.
T H E S T O R Y
Eight years ago, Johnny and Janell were nothing more than two strangers meeting for the first time at the local levels of the Colgate Country Showdown. It was there in their hometown of Orlando, FL that they began a friendship that was rooted in music. As they achieved success individually, both Johnny and Janell served as each others greatest sources of encouragement. Their paths lead them to Nashville, TN where they began to write and perform side by side. Neither of them knew it at the time but with every song they sang together, they were one step closer to LOCKHART.
Johnny Bulford is a respected songwriter and winner of The Colgate Country Showdown. He is best known for penning Lee Brice’s first #1 song, “A Woman Like You” and Chris Young’s hit “Lonely Eyes.” Johnny has always felt more comfortable on stage than off. With Janell, those feelings are heightened. “I’ve always loved the sound of her voice, and now I’m lucky enough to get to hear it everyday. I’m as much of a fan of her as I am a partner."
Janell Wheeler is a singer songwriter who is often recognized for her time as a finalist on Fox’s American Idol. Her musical journey has put her on stages in front of thousands in the U.S. as well as Europe and Japan. Janell’s love for music originated in church where harmony driven songs gave her the desire to be part of a vocal group. When she met Johnny she knew she had found her musical match.
A year ago, Janell asked Johnny that same question she had asked him the day they first met. Only this time, she meant it. With Johnny's powerhouse vocals, and Janell's sweet sultry style, their music is set apart by incredible writing, and honest emotion behind every word. Their voices fit together seamlessly, creating warm harmonies that captivate their listeners and their audiences. Now, fresh out of Music City is country’s newest duo, debuting their self-released EP, “RECKLESS.”
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