CODY JOHNSON EARNS CAREER-FIRST CMA NOMINATION FOR NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Receives Critical Praise from the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Associated Press, Texas Monthly and more

As announced on Good Morning America this week, CODY JOHNSON has been nominated for a career-first CMA award in the New Artist of the Year category. The news comes as his landmark major label debut Ain’t Nothin’ To It, which features his current single “Nothin’ On You,” surpasses 226 million on-demand streams to date since its release in January.

“I’m so grateful to the fans for supporting my brand of country music,” said Johnson. “Thank you to the label, management and my entire team for helping me to reach this moment. I’m humbled.”

Since January, Johnson has headlined 42 sold-out shows and demand to see the traditional country torchbearer perform live shows no signs of stopping. He has also racked up a staggering 490,198 in paid attendance in the last calendar year alone. The former rodeo bull rider, turned prison guard, turned Country Star continues to set new career standards that will pave the way for future generations of authentic cowboy country artists.

Johnson lives to serve the COJONATION in every corner of the world with a relentless tour schedule that finds him headlining shows from California to New Jersey through December 12. Before his CoJo Music / Warner Music Nashville partnership, Johnson made history as the first independent artist to sell out Rodeo Houston, selling 74,177 tickets.

Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton will co-host the 53rd annual CMA Awards live from Nashville Nov. 13, 2019, at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT on ABC.

More critical praise for Johnson:

"Cody Johnson sings with levels of dignity and reserve that appear to have up and left Nashville sometime around when the Florida Georgia Line boys gave Nelly a big ol’ bro hug.” – The New York Times

“[Johnson] finds himself rapidly hurtling toward mainstream stardom with a unique concept in his arsenal: actual country music.” – Rolling Stone

"On several occasions, most notably with Coca-Cola in the 1970s, the term "The Real Thing" has been coined to define an experience that is one unto itself. After witnessing his sold-out performance in front of 74,177 at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, this can be officially said: Cody Johnson is the real thing.” – Billboard

"Cody Johnson is bridging the Texas-Nashville musical gap.” – Associated Press

“George Strait Comparisons Aside, Cody Johnson Is 100 Percent Cody Johnson.” – Texas Monthly