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Cody Johnson Biography

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 ba** 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 ba**ist 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.

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