When it comes to the discussion of current superstars of Texas country music, no name comes up faster than Cody Johnson’s.
On the scene since 2006, Johnson has racked up a number of huge hits that have made him one of the new leaders of Texas’ legacy musical genre. His latest single, “On My Way To You,” reached number 23 on the Country Music charts and firmly established Johnson as a rising star in the country music universe. Ahead of his date at this year’s Rodeo Houston, you may think you know all about Johnson and his career, but here are five things that one may not know about this Texas country music maverick.
1. Johnson started out on the rodeo circuit.
Now that Cody Johnson is a huge star, he’s selling out larger venues like arenas and festivals. Before he became the name that is, however, Johnson started out on the Texas rodeo circuit, playing in smaller venues. It was on the rodeo circuit, though that he made his first album, 2006’s Black and White Label.
2. Speaking of his first album, Johnson self-financed it.
Black and White Label was a great achievement for Johnson, even though it didn’t get much love from the Billboard charts. The album was may establish Johnson as a Texas country star, and the cost of printing the album on CDs came entirely from his own pocket, and he sold them out of the back of his pickup truck.
3. Johnson’s wife convinced him to record full time.
Though he was making some headway on the Texas country circuit, he still wasn’t sure if music was a career move. His wife, Brandi Johnson, believed that her husband had a future in music, and she convinced him to record full-time. Behind every good man, is a strong woman.
4. Johnson doesn’t take any “B.S.”
There is one thing that Johnson lives by, and that your word is your word. “I don’t like B.S.,” he told Red 11 Music. “Make your ‘yes’ mean ‘yes’ and your ‘no’ mean ‘no.’” That is a great philosophy to live by, and maybe many people should practice that meaning more often. Johnson believes in standing for what you believe, and we couldn’t agree more.
5. Before becoming a superstar, Johnson was a correctional officer.
Many people know Cody Johnson as a country music trailblazer, but before making it big in music, before even recording music at all, Johnson was a correctional officer, working for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in his hometown of Huntsville, Texas, about 70 miles north of Houston.