Cody Johnson

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Cody Daniel Johnson
Born (1987-05-21) May 21, 1987 (age 32)
Huntsville, Texas
OriginHuntsville, Texas
GenresTexas country
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, drums
Years active2006–present
LabelsCoJo, Warner Nashville
Associated actsTrent Willmon

Cody Daniel Johnson (born May 21, 1987 in Huntsville, Texas[1]) is an American Texas country music singer-songwriter. He has self-released six albums; the sixth album Gotta Be Me debuted at number two on Billboard's Country Albums chart.[2]


Johnson began singing and playing guitar when he was twelve years old.[1] In 2006, he formed the Cody Johnson Band with his dad Carl and drummer Nathan Reedy.[3] Together they recorded an album, Black and White Label.[3] 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.[4][5] Following the release of the album, Johnson's father quit the band.[4]

By 2009, Danny Salinas joined the band on bass guitar.[5] Their first professionally produced album, Six Strings One Dream, was released in September 2009.[4][6] 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.[4] Jody Bartula replaced Whitten on fiddle in 2010.[5][6]

Johnson's next album, A Different Day, was released in 2011 and produced by Trent Willmon.[7] Johnson won the 2011 Texas Regional Music Award for New Male Vocalist of the Year.[3][7] 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.[8] Also in 2012, Johnson's band, now composed of Reedy, Smith, Bartula, and bassist Joey Pruski, changed their name to the Rockin' CJB's.[3]

Johnson's fifth album, Cowboy Like Me, was released on January 14, 2014.[9] The album was Johnson's second produced by Trent Willmon.[9] 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.[10] As of 2014, Johnson's band comprised Smith, Bartula, Pruski, and drummer Miles Stone.[11]

The sixth album, Gotta Be Me, was released on August 5, 2016.[12] The album debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200,[13] and at No. 2 on the Top Country Albums chart, selling 23,000 copies in the US in its first week.[14] It was Johnson's most successful release yet, achieved without major label support or widespread radio play.[2]

Johnson's seventh album, "Aint 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.



Title Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US Country

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[18]
  • Label: CoJo
2 11
Ain't Nothin' to It 1 9
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Title Peak chart positions Sales Certification Album
US Country
US Country Airplay
CAN Country
2016 "With You I Am" 46 40 Gotta Be Me
2017 "Wild as You" 53
2018 "On My Way to You" 78 13 11 20 Ain't Nothin' to It
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US Country
2019 "Ain't Nothin' to It" 42 Ain't Nothin' to It
"Nothin' on You" 43


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  8. ^ McDonnell, Brandy (February 29, 2012). "Kyle Park does 'Whatever It Takes'". NewsOK. Retrieved September 4, 2014.
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  12. ^ Betts, Stephen L. (August 5, 2016). "Hear Cody Johnson's Autobiographical 'Gotta Be Me' Album". Rolling Stone.
  13. ^ "Billboard 200". Billboard. August 27, 2016.
  14. ^ Asker, Jim (August 16, 2016). "Jon Pardi's 'Boots' Kicks Up First Country Airplay No. 1". Billboard.
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  17. ^ "Cody Johnson Chart History: Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  18. ^ Shelburne, Craig (May 27, 2016). "Artist Updates: Eric Paslay, Cody Johnson, Clark Manson, Hannah Ellis". MusicRow. Retrieved May 28, 2016.
  19. ^ Bjorke, Matt (May 15, 2017). "Top 10 Country Albums Chart: May 15, 2017". Roughstock.
  20. ^ Stecker, Liv (October 2, 2018). "Everything We Know About Cody Johnson's 'Ain't Nothin' to It'". The Boot. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  21. ^ Bjorke, Matt (July 26, 2019). "Top 10 Country Albums Chart: July 21, 2019". Roughstock. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  22. ^ "Cody Johnson Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved January 29, 2019.
  23. ^ a b "Cody Johnson Chart History: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  24. ^ "Cody Johnson Chart History: Country Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  25. ^ "Cody Johnson Chart History: Canada Country". Billboard. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  26. ^ Bjorke, Matt (December 13, 2016). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles Chart: December 13, 2016". Roughstock.
  27. ^ Bjorke, Matt (April 8, 2019). "Top 30 Digital Country Tracks: April 8, 2019". RoughStock. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  28. ^ "American single certifications – Cody Johnson – On My Way to You". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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