“They thought I was a little too wild,” Johnson wrote on his website. If I was in their position, I’d have probably done the same thing.” Though he’d lost his recording deal, his songwriting was still paying off handsomely.
George Strait’s recording of “Give It Away,” which Johnson co-wrote with Hall of Famer Whisperin’ Bill Anderson and Cannon, became Strait’s 41st No.
The album picked up five Grammy nominations, three from the Country Music Association and two from the Academy of Country Music.
His single “In Color” won Song of the Year honors from both the CMAs and the ACMs.
All the while, he worked on his music and made contacts in Nashville.
One of those early contacts was Greg Perkins, a former fiddle player for Tanya Tucker.
Never content to remain behind the scenes, Johnson didn't give up his on his dream to become a successful recording artist and performer.
With two critically acclaimed albums under his belt, a truckload of awards and nominations and sold-out performances in venues that keep getting bigger and bigger, Johnson is a welcome throwback to artists like Waylon Jennings and Hank Williams.With Perkins' help, he recorded some demo tapes, including a duet with Gretchen Wilson, who was also trying to get into the business.Johnson eventually met famed producer and songwriter Buddy Cannon, who was floored by his music, and music publisher Gary Overton signed Johnson to a publishing deal with EMI Music.The inspiration can reveal itself in different ways.But it seldom ever reveals itself through a ‘process.’” The 41-year-old Alabama native returns to Memphis this weekend, headlining a show Saturday at Minglewood Hall.Jamey Johnson is an award-winning singer-songwriter who rose to the top of country music through fierce dedication to his craft and a never-give-up attitude.