Cody Johnson Says His Whirlwind Success Was ‘A Long Time Coming’

The country singer spoke to CS Country about his many firsts since signing with Warner Music Nashville last year.

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Cody Johnson is no stranger when it comes to hard work.

With six albums and thousands of fans already under his belt, Johnson knew that it was time to shop for a record label that would allow him to keep creative control of the material he plans to put out.

He landed on Warner Music Nashville about a year ago and since the co-venture, Johnson has seen his career soar like never before. His much anticipated album Ain’t Nothin To It arrived at No. 1 on both the Billboard Country Albums chart and iTunes Country Albums Chart, his debut performances at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium and NYC’s Irving Plaza were both sold out, he performed at Gillette Stadium with the legendary George Strait and just recently, broke into the Top 10 at U.S. Country Radio with his poignant ballad “On My Way To You.”

“It was a long time coming,” Johnson told us backstage after performing at Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale last month. “I released six albums independently, so it was a huge deal to have this record to get us a 50/50 record deal. It was the right decision to sign with [Warner] because the album went number one. Radio stations that didn’t play our music before we signed the record deal are playing our music now, and new fans are listening to our single so that’s a huge thing for a guy like me.”

Taking these firsts in stride with his signature brand of cowboy confidence, Johnson’s feet are firmly on the ground and is possessing a strong sense of self, purpose and the knowledge that perhaps he is simply meeting his destiny. But it won’t be stopping here — Johnson says 2019 is the “grind year” and things are just beginning for him.

“I think this is the grind year,” he said. “I think next year we’re really going to see the benefits of what we’ve reaped from this whole thing.”

Up next, Johnson will record CMT Crossroads: Brooks & Dunn And Friends in downtown Nashville on June 4th with his first-ever CMA Fest performance as an Ascend Amphitheater headliner on June 8.

Written by Racquel Goldman

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