Local senior Joshua Johnston does more than just play basketball and take part in the Real World Design Team at Fort Payne High School. He is also the lead singer in a band called The Inputs.
“We call ourselves The Inputs, and we play a few different versions of rock music, like classic rock and blues rock,” Johnston said. “We decided to start up a band in eighth grade around the time of Discover DeKalb, which is an event that encourages local music. We wanted to play something so we got a few friends together and played ‘Stairway to Heaven’ by Led Zeppelin, and we’ve loved playing ever since.”
Other members of the band include Regan Anderson, Cody Noles and Dallas Dotson.
The Inputs have performed at Kamama in Mentone and at Chris Roberts School of Music. On Jan. 6 they were introduced to radio with an interview on WFPA. For more information on The Inputs, visit their Facebook page or website, inputs.us.
Johnston, only 17 years old, is also a member of Fort Payne’s Real World Design Team that won the statewide competition twice and placed nationally this year.
In a band and an award-winning design team, in addition, Johnston juggles playing varsity basketball.
“I’ve been playing school basketball since seventh grade, but I played recreation league ball before that,” he said. “I play shooting guard on varsity this year, and, like music, I still love it.”
On top of all that, he is actively involved with youth worship at First Baptist Church in Fort Payne.
“My sister and I really started leading worship more frequently this school year, and we both enjoy doing it when we have the time to prepare some songs,” he said. “I enjoy participating in these activities, firstly, because I have tons of fun doing it. Also, they prepare me for other things later in life, like being busy all the time.”
Johnston said he is going to attend Auburn University this fall with an undeclared major.
“I do hope to continue singing, whether it be with a band or just in my room with a guitar playing for fun,” he said.