Today, CoJo Music/Warner Music Nashville Platinum recording artist Cody Johnson released two brand new tracks, “God Bless the Boy (Cori’s song)” and “Stronger,” from his forthcoming double album. LISTEN HERE. WATCH the lyric videos HERE.
First up is “God Bless the Boy (Cori’s Song),” written by Barrett Baber, Terri Jo Box, and Scott Sean White. This song is Johnson’s cautionary tale for the boy who one of his daughters, Cori, will eventually fall in love with. Then comes “Stronger,” a tune co-penned by Johnson’s producer Trent Willmon, along with Dustin Miller and Jared Elledge. In this infectious belter that only a vocal powerhouse like Johnson could take on, he is singing the praises of women who make a tough guy look weak.
These tracks follow Johnson’s June releases, “’Til You Can’t” and “Longer Than She Did,” and the May release of “Sad Songs and Waltzes” with the legendary Willie Nelson. Cody will continue to release two new songs each month through September, leading into the highly anticipated double album release this fall.
In addition to new music, Cody Johnson will be making his debut on the big screen. Dear Rodeo: The Cody Johnson Story will be in cinemas nationwide starting August 10th. The film recounts Johnson’s real-life journey from the dusty rodeo arenas of rural Texas to some of the biggest musical stages in America. With guest appearances by Reba McEntire, Navy Seal Chris Kyle’s widow Taya (Kyle), Houston Ranch’s James Barton, along with Johnson’s wife Brandi (Johnson), his producer Trent Willmon, his pastor Randy Weaver and his high school teachers, Johnson opens up about how his years on the rodeo circuit fortuitously prepared him for his life as a country star.
Every emotion Johnson felt over the past 20 years – whether he was standing in the back of the chute at the rodeo or singing about it in front of 75,000 fans – is captured vividly in this film, with all the highs and lows that come from the dreams you cling to and the dreams you ultimately let go.
“I think oftentimes a cowboy isn’t something you do, as much as it is who you really are inside,” said Johnson.