In Color (song)
|Single by Jamey Johnson|
|from the album That Lonesome Song|
|Released||March 31, 2008|
|Length||4:51 (album version)
3:49 (radio edit)
Lee Thomas Miller
|Producer(s)||The Kent Hardly Playboys|
|Jamey Johnson singles chronology|
"In Color" is the title of a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Jamey Johnson. It is the first single from his second album, That Lonesome Song, which was initially released to digital retailers in 2007, and was released on August 5, 2008 on Mercury Nashville Records. Johnson co-wrote the song with James Otto and Lee Thomas Miller. In January 2009, "In Color" became Johnson's first Top Ten country hit. The song was later included on the compilation album, Now That's What I Call Country Volume 2, in 2009.
The song is a largely acoustic ballad centralizing on an elderly man who is showing black-and-white photographs to his grandson, each photograph showing a various part of the man's life. Describing the instances in each photos, such as fighting in World War II, he recalls his own life story to his grandson, telling him, "you should have seen it in color" (i.e., that the grandson would have had to be there himself to know what each experience was truly like). Trace Adkins was originally slated to record the song, until Johnson asked Adkins' permission to record the song himself. Adkins did record the song as an iTunes exclusive bonus track on his 2008 album, X.
A music video was shot for "In Color" in May 2008. It portrays Johnson sitting on a stool, playing acoustic guitar and singing, with various black-and-white photographs (which Johnson borrowed from his grandmother) spread out on the floor around him. Eventually, color begins to sweep across the photos from the outside, working its way in until Jamey himself is also in color.
The song received a "thumbs up" rating from Brady Vercher of The 9513. Vercher described the lyrics favorably, saying that they contained "vivid and emotive imagery without becoming overwrought", also saying "[t]he production stays out of the way of the vivid stories and adds a richness and expressiveness[…]Johnson may not be the most gifted vocalist as far as range goes, but he is more than capable and knows how to interpret a song for good effect. Needless to say, he nails the delivery in this song."
"In Color" won "Song of the Year" at the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 5th, 2009. It was also nominated for Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song at the 51st Grammy Awards. In June 2010, the song was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.
"In Color" debuted at number 57 on the Hot Country Songs chart dated April 19, 2008. The song spent a total of 40 weeks as an active single on the country charts, and became the first Top 10 hit of Johnson's career, peaking at number 9 on the week of January 10, 2009. In addition, the song peaked at number 52 on the Billboard Hot 100 the same week.
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||9|
|US Billboard Hot 100||52|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||57|
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