Cody Johnson Was Moved To Tears Singing Gospel Classic “How Great Thou Art” At The Ryman

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Taylor Hendrix

Sometimes Cody Johnson makes a statement by giving a stump speech on stage but other times it’s made just by the phenomenal performances he gives.

CoJo is nominated for 5 awards at tomorrow night’s ACM Awards, including Entertainer of the Year, all of which are just another feather in his cap which prove the years he spent dominating the Texas scene were well worth it.

Ever since his mainstream breakout moment with “Til You Can’t” his career has been on a rocket ship, going on sold out tours, racking up two number one’s, and winning his first two CMA Awards in 2022.

But the success has never gotten to his head and he’s remained grounded and connected with what truly matters the most to him: His faith and his family.

CoJo is never afraid to talk about his faith and put religious songs on his albums but one moment that’s always stuck out to me comes right in the middle of his rise to prominence. He was wrapping up back to back sell outs at the iconic Ryman Theater in Nashville in 2021, just before Human was released, and decided to take a moment to recognize the man he gives all of his credit to by singing “How Great Thou Art”.

Before the performance, Cody warned the crowd that he may get a bit emotional singing the gospel classic in the country music Mother Church:

“Listen, I’m gonna preface this with… if I choke up, I’m sorry. If I don’t get through this song, I want y’all to sing it with me, but I’m gonna try my best, okay?”

As you’d expect, it was suburb.

Things like this are the reason CoJo’s fanbase is so strong. Him never being afraid to speak his mind hits the souls of those fans and in turn they’ve pushed his career to heights unthinkable just a few years ago.

Be sure to tune to see if Cody Johnson takes home any ACM hardware tomorrow night at 8pm EST, streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime.

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