Currently, there is only one independent artist in the world who can safely say they’ve sold out NRG Stadium at RodeoHouston – that artist is Cody Johnson. Following his performance this past Saturday, Johnson made history as the only unsigned artist to sell out the stadium, outselling his predecessors from this year’s lineup including Little Big Town, Blake Shelton, Kelsea Ballerini, Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan and Chris Young—with the exception of Garth Brooks.
Johnson also managed to top the ticket sales of Pop superstar Alessia Cara and Grammy-nominated soul singer Leon Bridges who played the RodeoHouston stage last month.
“Houston, biggest show of my life all thanks to y’all! Can’t begin to express what it means to be the first unsigned artist in history to sell out RodeoHouston at NRG…thanks for a night I’ll never forget,” shared an emotional Johnson
Chuck Dauphin with Billboard, who was in town to cover the event, shared “hearing the name Cody Johnson and the word ‘sensation’ is one thing. Seeing it up close – and 75,000 fans singing along lyric after lyric is believing. After this weekend, I am a believer!”
Last year, Johnson made his RodeoHouston performance debut filling in at the last minute for Old Dominion. This year, he was invited back to headline his own slot alongside Garth Brooks, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, One Republic and more.
Houston Chronicle recapped the evening reaffirming that “Johnson’s second RodeoHouston performance was going to be tough to top this year” while firmly stating that Johnson “imbues his music with a blend of grit, sincerity and subtle showmanship that’s missing from most of today’s superstars.
In what has become a Johnson tradition, he left the stage in style, riding out on horseback for the second year in a row.
Johnson continues to spread his traditional yet modern brand of country music across the nation like wildfire, selling out venues coast-to-coast, even in cities he has never stepped foot in before.
Next month, Johnson will return to Los Angeles to headline a show at Belasco Theater on April 18. The venue is double the capacity of The Troubador, which Johnson sold out in just 2 weeks when he made his debut as a headliner in the market in 2017.