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Popular Texas country crossover Cody Johnson celebrated his first No. 1 hit “‘Til You Can’t” this week with a party at The Local in Nashville. The event was BMI and ASCAP and attended the event by Johnson’s friends, family, publishers, Music Row executives and songwriters, Ben Stennis and Matt Rogers. “‘Until You Can’ ‘, a two-week No. 1 hit, is Stennis’ first hit list topping the charts.
“This is the culmination of a lot of hard work,” Johnson says. “As an independent artist from Texas, it’s really hard to imagine the work involved in getting a no. 1.”
Johnson credited his record label partner Warner Music Nashville for the song’s success. He explained that as his debut single “On My Way To You” was becoming platinum, the song he released and promoted independently was just about to hit the charts after years of work.
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“I went,” I made the right deal, “Johnson said.” I’m with the right people.
The singer said he knew “‘Til You Can’t” would be huge when he recorded, but he did not want to jinx it by saying the h-word.
“No one wants to say hit,” Johnson said. “But I think what I am most grateful for is the modesty. I’m glad my first No. 1 was not cut off shirts and four-wheel drive vehicles. I’m glad it was something uplifting, and pick up the phone when your mother calls. “
“‘To You Can’t” not only topped the country charts for two consecutive weeks, but also spent five weeks at No. 1 in Canada. The country anthem spent nine weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart, breaking the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for all genres. And Johnson has just begun. His current single is the title track from his double album “Human”.
“I want to be the new face and the new sound and establish songs and stories back in the country music that it used to sound,” Johnson said. “It has been really hard, but it has gone really well. I want to mention my song ‘Human’. That should worry you. It’s supposed to scare you a little bit, but do not let it know you from the tracks. ”