Cody Johnson, Warner Music Nashville Begin Partnership
Cody Johnson and his record label, CoJo Music, have found a new home. The Texas singer-songwriter has signed a partnership with Warner Music Nashville.
Since 2006, Johnson has been making a name for himself in country music with a traditional sound that stays true to the roots of the genre while still bringing a fresh perspective to the industry. An independent artist since the very beginning, Johnson self-released his sixth studio album, Gotta Be Me, in 2016; the project boasts big names such as Randy Rogers and the Brothers Osborne in its writing credits, reached No. 2 on the country charts and led to appearances at festivals all over the country.
Johnson is a native of Sebastapol, Texas. A former bull-rider and prison worker, he made history this spring by becoming the first independent act to sell out a show at NRG Stadium during RodeoHouston.
"If I don't play music, I don't live. I play every show like my life depends on it, and in the rodeo world, [the] bull-riding world, your life does," Johnson tells The Boot of the parallels between the career of a rider and that of an independent artist. "[Independent artists have to] scrounge, claw and bite your way to where we are now, [and] that's the way rodeo is: lots of miles, lots of broken hearts and broken bones and the door shut in your face. You just have to keep saying, 'No, I am going to keep doing it.'"
Johnson is represented by Durango Artist Management, Red 11 Music and HBPR. He will now be supported by the Warner Music Nashville radio team.
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