Cody Johnson has been moving to country superstar status with the release of his new album Leather and the announcement of the accompanying tour.
Cody recently told us that early on in his career, before he signed with Warner Brothers Nashville, industry people wanted to change his style. He said, “You just have to stand your ground. I had a big fat record deal sitting in front of me when they asked me to take my hat off, and I turned it down. At the time, I was starving. My wife and I didn’t have anything, and that was a hard pill to swallow. This is not an easy thing to do to stand up and say, ‘I know who I am already. I don’t need you to tell me who I am. This is who I am, musically and personally.'”
Johnson added, “It gets easier over the years because the bigger you get, the more people accept that. I think it’s a hard road, and that’s why a lot of people don’t take it. They will let people influence them to change their name, change the way they dress, or change their producer because that producer had a lot of hits.”
Cody told us he’s glad he stood his ground, “It’s been a hard road, but I’m thankful for it because I feel like I’ve earned everything. When you get to it good, it tastes so much sweeter. And that’s really who I am, so I’m never gonna change that. I am not arrogant about it because I know who I am musically. I know who I am personally.”
As Johnson expands his popularity in country music and becomes a major star, we decided to take a deep dive and give some details on the Cody Johnson songs everyone should know by now.