Cody Johnson

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Cody Johnson
Birth nameCody Daniel Johnson
Born (1987-05-21) May 21, 1987 (age 35)
Sebastopol, Texas, U.S.
OriginHuntsville, Texas, U.S.
GenresCountry, country rock
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
Instrument(s)
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • drums
Years active2006–present
LabelsCoJo, Warner Nashville
Websitewww.codyjohnsonmusic.com

Cody Daniel Johnson (born May 21, 1987)[1] is an American country music singer-songwriter. He self-released six albums, including Gotta Be Me, which debuted at number two on Billboard's Country Albums chart,[2] before releasing his first major-label album, Ain't Nothin' to It, in January 2019. He released his second major-label album, Human: The Double Album, in October 2021.[3]

Early life[edit]

Cody Daniel Johnson, also known as "CoJo," was born and raised in East Texas by his parents, Sheila and Carl Johnson. Johnson began playing music at age 12.[4]

Career[edit]

In 2006, he formed the Cody Johnson Band with his dad, Carl, and drummer Nathan Reedy.[5] Together they recorded an album, Black and White Label.[5] In 2006, the band added a lead guitar player, Matt Rogers, and recorded a live album, Live and Rocking, at Shenanigans and Confetti's Club in Huntsville.[6][7] Following the release of the album, Johnson's father quit the band.[6]

By 2009, Danny Salinas joined the band on bass guitar.[7] Their first professionally produced album, Six Strings One Dream, was released in September 2009.[6][8] Three singles from the album reached the top 10 of the Texas music charts.[1] Following the release of the album, the band added Chris Whitten on fiddle and Jeff Smith on lead guitar.[6] Jody Bartula replaced Whitten on fiddle in 2010.[7][8]

Johnson's next album, A Different Day, was released in 2011 and produced by Trent Willmon.[9] Johnson won the 2011 Texas Regional Music Award for New Male Vocalist of the Year.[5][9] After the win, Johnson left his day job with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to focus on music full-time.[1] He teamed with Kyle Park in 2012 for the Dancin' and Drinkin' at Johnson Park Tour.[10] Also in 2012, Johnson's band, now composed of Reedy, Smith, Bartula, and bassist Joey Pruski, changed their name to the Rockin' CJB's.[5]

Johnson's fifth album, Cowboy Like Me, was released on January 14, 2014.[11] The album was Johnson's second produced by Trent Willmon.[11] It sold 8,000 copies in its first week of release, debuting at number 25 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and number 33 on the Billboard 200.[12] As of 2014, Johnson's band comprised Smith, Bartula, Pruski, and drummer Miles Stone.[13]

The sixth album, Gotta Be Me, was released on August 5, 2016.[14] The album debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200,[15] and at No. 2 on the Top Country Albums chart, selling 23,000 copies in the US in its first week.[16] It was Johnson's most successful release yet, achieved without major label support or widespread radio play.[2]

Johnson made Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo history by becoming the first unsigned/independent artist to play to a sold-out crowd on May 15, 2019.[17]

Johnson's seventh album, Ain't Nothin' to It, was released on January 18, 2019. It includes the single "On My Way to You", which is his first Top 40 hit on Country Airplay. The album and single were both released via Warner Bros. Records Nashville. In 2019, Johnson collaborated with Brooks & Dunn on a new version of their hit song "Red Dirt Road" which appears on their album Reboot.

Johnson's eighth album, Human: The Double Album, released in October 2021.[3]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
US Country
[18]
US
[19]
US
Indie

[20]
Black and White Label
  • Release date: 2006
  • Label: CoJo
Live and Rocking
  • Release date: May 2007
  • Label: CoJo
Six Strings One Dream
  • Release date: September 1, 2009
  • Label: CoJo
A Different Day
  • Release date: October 31, 2011
  • Label: CoJo
Cowboy Like Me
  • Release date: January 14, 2014
  • Label: CoJo
7 33 7
Gotta Be Me
  • Release date: August 5, 2016[21]
  • Label: CoJo
2 11
Ain't Nothin' to It 1 9
Human: The Double Album
  • Release date: October 8, 2021
  • Label: Warner Music Nashville
3 19
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certification Album
US
[26]
US Country
[27]
US Country Airplay
[28]
CAN
[29]
CAN Country
[30]
WW
[31]
"Dance Her Home" 2013 Cowboy Like Me
"With You I Am" 2016 46 40 Gotta Be Me
"Wild as You" 2017 53
"On My Way to You" 2018 78 13 11 20 Ain't Nothin' to It
"Nothin' on You" 2019 43 55
"Dear Rodeo"
(featuring Reba McEntire)
2020 43 34 49
"'Til You Can't" 2021 18 1 1 26 1 141 Human: The Double Album
"By Your Grace"[32] 2022
"Human"[33] 49 35 49
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other charted and certified songs[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US Country
[27]
CAN Country
[30]
2011 "Diamond In My Pocket" A Different Day
2014 "Me and My Kind" Cowboy Like Me
2019 "Ain't Nothin' to It" 42 Ain't Nothin' to It
2022 "Hat Made of Mistletoe" 50 A Cody Johnson Christmas
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video
2016 "With You I Am"
2018 "On My Way to You"
2020 "Dear Rodeo" (with Reba McEntire)
2021 "'Til You Can't"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Leggett, Steven. "Cody Johnson | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Parton, Chris (August 16, 2016). "Cody Johnson on Beating Music Row at Its Own Game". Rolling Stone.
  3. ^ a b Cox, Brady. "Cody Johnson Teases Two New Songs From His Upcoming Double-Album, 'Human'". www.whiskeyriff.com.
  4. ^ "Cody Johnson | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  5. ^ a b c d Griffin, Andrew W. (March 2, 2012). "Up-and-coming Texas musician Cody Johnson talks to Red Dirt Report". Red Dirt Report. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d "Cody Johnson Bio". Red 11 Music. Retrieved September 4, 2011.
  7. ^ a b c Spencer, Haylee (April 15, 2011). "The Cody Johnson Band performs Saturday at the fair". The Courier of Montgomery County. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  8. ^ a b Dotson, Maggie (April 7, 2011). "Chilifest: Cody Johnson Band". Maroon Weekly. Archived from the original on September 5, 2014. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  9. ^ a b Tarradell, Mario (May 30, 2013). "Spotlight on Texas Artists: Cody Johnson builds a country-music career with the right foundation". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  10. ^ McDonnell, Brandy (February 29, 2012). "Kyle Park does 'Whatever It Takes'". NewsOK. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  11. ^ a b Webb, Penny Lynn (January 14, 2014). "Cody Johnson Brings Back Country With New Album "Cowboy Like Me"". County Life Magazine. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  12. ^ Bjorke, Matt (January 22, 2014). "Country Album Chart News: The Week of January 22, 2013: Jennifer Nettles, Jon Pardi, Rosanne Cash Debut In Top 5". Roughstock. Archived from the original on September 5, 2014. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  13. ^ Wilderman, Jill (March 3, 2014). "Spot On: Cody Johnson". Spotlight Country. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
  14. ^ Betts, Stephen L. (August 5, 2016). "Hear Cody Johnson's Autobiographical 'Gotta Be Me' Album". Rolling Stone.
  15. ^ "Billboard 200". Billboard. August 27, 2016.
  16. ^ Asker, Jim (August 16, 2016). "Jon Pardi's 'Boots' Kicks Up First Country Airplay No. 1". Billboard.
  17. ^ "Cody Johnson Makes Rodeo Houston History". KPRC. March 12, 2018.
  18. ^ "Cody Johnson Chart History: Country Albums". Billboard. Retrieved October 18, 2021.
  19. ^ "Cody Johnson Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved October 18, 2021.
  20. ^ "Cody Johnson Chart History: Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved October 18, 2021.
  21. ^ Shelburne, Craig (May 27, 2016). "Artist Updates: Eric Paslay, Cody Johnson, Clark Manson, Hannah Ellis". MusicRow. Retrieved May 28, 2016.
  22. ^ Bjorke, Matt (May 15, 2017). "Top 10 Country Albums Chart: May 15, 2017". Roughstock.
  23. ^ Stecker, Liv (October 2, 2018). "Everything We Know About Cody Johnson's 'Ain't Nothin' to It'". The Boot. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  24. ^ Bjorke, Matt (March 10, 2020). "Top 10 Country Albums Pure Sales Chart: March 9, 2020". RoughStock. Retrieved March 22, 2020.
  25. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "American certifications – Cody Johnson". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved May 17, 2022.
  26. ^ "Cody Johnson Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved November 30, 2021.
  27. ^ a b "Cody Johnson Chart History: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved January 19, 2022.
  28. ^ "Cody Johnson Chart History: Country Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved November 30, 2021.
  29. ^ "Cody Johnson Chart History: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved February 8, 2022.
  30. ^ a b "Cody Johnson Chart History: Canada Country". Billboard. Retrieved January 18, 2022.
  31. ^ "Cody Johnson Chart History: Global 200". Billboard. Retrieved 22 March 2022.
  32. ^ "Future Releases for Christian Radio Stations | Free New Songs from Music Artists".
  33. ^ "Future Releases for Country Radio Stations | Free New Songs from Music Artists".

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