Always Gonna Be You, the full-length debut from chart-topping country songwriter John King, is an autobiographical album whose songs tell a universal story. For King, that story began in the Appalachian foothills of northern Georgia, where he worked construction jobs as a teenager and strummed his first songs around the campfire. He also began dating the woman who would later become his wife. Always Gonna Be You tells the story of that real-life romance, its songs brimming with details we’ve all experienced: the rush of a new relationship, the brink of a breakup, and the thrill of falling in love.
King’s songs may be relatable, but his success is extraordinary. A Number 1 songwriter who penned Randy Houser’s chart-topping hit “We Went” and Hootie and The Blowfish’s “Rollin,” King launched his solo career with “Tonight Tonight” — a Top 40 hit whose anthemic chorus was heard everywhere from country radio to the weekly NFL recaps on CBS — and earned his stripes as a road warrior, playing 150 shows annually for the better part of a decade. With Always Gonna Be You, he blurs the boundaries between genres, creating a modern-day country album that’s diverse and driven. Call it a coming-of-age story, performed by a southern son whose twang is matched by his pop hooks.