Lia Marie Johnson’s “Cold Heart Killer” is a Sumptuous, Trip-hop Laced Ballad Evokes Longing


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“Cold Heart Killer,” the brand new track from the singer, actress, and YouTube creator Lia Marie Johnson, out now is a sumptuous, trip-hop laced ballad which evokes late night longings for an ex, despite one’s better judgment.


Lia co-wrote the song with producer Matias Gabriel Mora, co-producer Mia Gabriella Minichiello, and Susanna Yankou.


“Cold Heart Killer represents that particular kind of internal conflict you feel when you’re craving a person you know you shouldn’t, says Johnson. 


Recently named as one of V Magazine’s 2017 Artists To Watch, Lia is currently working on her debut EP, which will be released by Capitol Records later this year. “Cold Heart Killer” is the follow-up to her debut single, “DNA,” a deeply personal song about her father’s battle with addiction which has racked up nearly 16 million streams since its release.  The accompanying video, which V Magazine deemed, a “brave, haunting (and) an intensely emotional watch,” was conceptualized by Lia and has more than six million views.  Watch it HERE.

Initially nervous about releasing such a personal song, Lia was touched by fans’ reaction to “DNA.” “I just wanted to tell my story and get it all out,” she says. “To hear from all these people about how they’ve gone through the same sort of experience and understand where I’m coming from – that’s the most amazing thing.”

Lia first became known via her YouTube channel, followed by roles in the Emmy-winning web series REACT, which is the most successful web series in history with close to one billion views. In 2015, she was named one of the Top 100 YouTubers in the world. The 20-year-old San Diego native currently has an actively engaged 1.6 million Instagram followers and over 1.7 million YouTube subscribers. Lia starred in the AwesomenessTV/Dreamworks Animation film Expelled opposite Cameron Dallas, and also starred in American Wrestler: The Wizard with Jon Voight, the TV series T@gged, and the recent thriller The Thinning, out now via YouTube Red.

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