Just days before the release of his new album, Ain’t Nothin’ To It, CoJo Music / Warner Music Nashville recording artist Cody Johnson, made his debut on NBC’s Today Show. He took the stage during the 9 AM hour with co-anchors, Al Roker, Sheinelle Jones, Dylan Dreyer, and Craig Melvin, to kick off the first installment of The Artist Lounge presented by Today. The Artist Lounge is where our favorite singers will be performing stripped down versions of their hits and first up was Johnson with his album’s lead single, “On My Way To You.”
Before performing his heartfelt chart-climbing single, co-anchors, Roker, Jones, Dreyer, and Melvin came to the stage to introduce and talk to the singer-songwriter. While chatting with Johnson, each co-anchor got a chance to ask a question, giving viewers at home a chance to get to know him as an artist. Dreyer mentioned, “I’m sure it’s not lost on you how wild 2018 was, I mean selling out stadiums just rising to the charts, you’re winning all kinds of critics awards, how does this feel to you?” With Johnson responding, “It feels good, you know I spent the last 10 years being an independent artist, doing what people call the hard way and so it’s really nice whenever you start to make some momentum. It’s fun but you know I try to keep my head down and just do my job, I don’t really think about all of it too much.” To end the interview, Roker asked the final question, “And “On My Way To You,” what does that say to you?” Johnson replying, “To me, it describes the journey to my wife and my two little girls. You know from growing up and being a boy, turning into a man with a good life and also my career, you know there’s been some bumps and bruises it hasn’t always been great.”
After the quick interview, it was the moment country music fans were waiting for. Johnson brought his Texas roots to kick off the first Artist Lounge, showcasing his raw talent with the stripped down version of “On My Way To You.” Giving viewers at home a passion-filled performance, showing off his smooth vocals. At the end of the song, the studio erupted in cheers, while the co-anchors came back on stage clapping and ending with Melvin saying, “Couldn’t think of a better person than Cody to start the Artist Lounge. Thank you!”
Make sure to check out Cody Johnson’s new album, Ain’t Nothin’ To It, out this Friday, January 18th! Johnson is currently on tour and luckily for New Yorkers, we can catch him live at Irving Plaza on May 17th.
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