Cody Johnson

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Cody Johnson
Born (1987-05-21) May 21, 1987 (age 28)
Huntsville, Texas
Origin Sebastopol, Texas
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, drums
Years active 2006–present
Labels CoJo
Associated acts Trent Willmon, Kyle Park

Cody Johnson (born May 21, 1987 in Huntsville, Texas[1]) is an American country music singer-songwriter.


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.[2] Together they recorded an album, Black and White Label.[2] In 2007, 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.[3][4] Following the release of the album, Johnson's father quit the band.[3]

By 2009, Danny Salinas joined the band on bass guitar.[4] Their first professionally produced album, Six Strings One Dream, was released in September 2009.[3][5] 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.[3] Jody Bartula replaced Whitten on fiddle in 2010.[4][5]

Johnson's next album, A Different Day, was released in 2011 and produced by Trent Willmon.[6] Johnson won the 2011 Texas Regional Music Award for New Male Vocalist of the Year.[2][6] 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.[7] Also in 2012, Johnson's band, now composed of Reedy, Smith, Bartula and bassist Joey Pruski, changed their name to the Rockin' CJB's.[2]

Johnson's fifth album, Cowboy Like Me, was released on January 14, 2014.[8] The album was Johnson's second produced by Trent Willmon.[8] It sold 8,000 copies in its first week of release, debuting at number 7 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and number 33 on the Billboard 200.[9] As of 2014, Johnson's band is composed of Smith, Bartula, Pruski and drummer Miles Stone.[10]



Title Album details Peak chart positions
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: 2016
  • Label: CoJo
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  1. ^ a b c d Leggett, Steven. "Cody Johnson | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Cody Johnson Bio". Red 11 Music. Retrieved September 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ a b Dotson, Maggie (April 7, 2011). "Chilifest: Cody Johnson Band". Maroon Weekly. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ McDonnell, Brandy (February 29, 2012). "Kyle Park does 'Whatever It Takes'". NewsOK. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ 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. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  10. ^ Wilderman, Jill (March 3, 2014). "Spot On: Cody Johnson". Spotlight Country. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Ccody Johnson Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Ccody Johnson Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Ccody Johnson Album & Song Chart History - Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved September 4, 2014. 

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