By Denise DuBois
Jonboy Storey started playing music in junior high. Today, he performs all over Alabama and in Panama City. It was the former CJ’s on Summerville Road where he first started performing in junior high. He credits his gigs there as his big start.
Storey graduated Central High School in 2016. It was when he was in sixth grade that he fell in love with playing guitar.
“A friend down the street brought a guitar over,” Storey said. “The first song ever played was ‘Seminole Wind.’ That’s what got me into it.”
He took guitar lessons and learned to sing.
Storey played in his church’s praise band when he was in junior high. He talks about David Crowder and Hillsong being favorites. Every musician gets inspired and looks up to someone. When you talk about his inspiration, Storey goes straight to Eric Church.
“He’s the man, hands down. I listen to him most of the time, and Jon Pardi, Tom Petty. I take from all those guys and stick it in my music. If you’re country, you’ve got to be inspired by Hank Jr. I wanted to be like Crowder, but then you figure out what works best. I wrote country and stuck with that.”
As far as writing music, Storey knows he has to write what he’s familiar with. When his music got hits on Spotify, he said it blew his mind at the number of people listening.
His song “Locals Bar” is on his first album that was released in July. It’s about the Summerville Road bar and grill.
“I wrote that one in two days and everyone loves it. It has the most listens,” he said.
Storey’s first big performance was when he opened for Chris Janson at the Phenix City Amphitheater a few years ago – an experience that he remembers as nerve wrecking and the biggest crowd he had ever played in front of. Now, after a lot of experience, he loves to be on stage.
When he’s playing in front of a crowd, Storey does a mixture of his original music and covers. One of his favorite songs to play is “Please Come to Boston.”
“Kenny Chesney does it. I love the melody. It’s good,” he said.
After January, he plans on performing with the full band, but he does have a few acoustic shows lined up and some shows in North Alabama that are a little closer to where his heart is – Nashville. He took trip to Nashville to see what it was like, now he has dreams of living there and writing music. In a year or so, Storey said he would like to make the move. He has friends there already and he doesn’t want to wait too late. At 21, he feels like it will soon be time to start making those connections to get his career moving forward.
The Grand Ole Opry is Storey’s dream, as it is with most country singers, and he would love to share the stage with Eric Church if ever given the chance.
Find Storey and his album “Mr. Heartbreaker” on Spotify and see him on Facebook to see where he will be playing next.