Cody Johnson Prepares To Spend Quality Time With His Daughters This Thanksgiving

“Thanksgiving day, I’m gonna open a bottle of wine and sit around and watch football.”


Madeleine O’Connell

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November 21, 2022

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Cody Johnson; Photo Courtesy CMA

Cody Johnson is ready to wind down after his busy year and enjoy the holiday season, starting with Thanksgiving. 

With this gratitude and food-filled holiday just around the corner, the country star says his house is in full preparation mode as they get ready to host a big family gathering. 

“We’re trying to clean up, but it’s kind of been rainy and cold and we’ve got a fire going in the house and trying to get it ready,” he explained to Country Now just days before the holiday. “You know, you never really realize how dirty a house is until you have families start to try to come over and you’re like, ‘oh my God, that’s gotta be picked up, that’s gotta be put away.’”

“So we’re just in the same mode everybody else is in,” Johnson added. “You got all your family coming over and trying to make sure you went to the store and bought all the right food, and you got plenty of ice and drinks and everything.”

The “Human” singer also shared that once the preparations are finally complete, he plans to soak up every bit of his time off that he can with his wife, Brandi and their two daughters, Clara Mae, 7, and Cori, 5.

“I have not had very much downtime this year, so to have a full week off to enjoy my family is pretty amazing,” he said. 

As a dad, having the time to give his family his full attention is especially important at this time of year.

“When I come home, I try to do my best to be present here and work here and to involve my girls. When we’re going to feed cows and stuff, I take them and put them to work a little bit and remind them that, you know, we do have a job here to do,” he shared.

“It’s really hard, but it’s really worth it to put in the extra effort to be here and to make sure that I’m being a good example here at home for these girls and not just going out and playing shows, I mean showing them the real work ethic that dad goes on the road and he works, he comes home and works and it might tire me out, but at the end of the day, it’s very satisfying and it’s worth it.”

When it comes to his favorite dish, Johnson revealed that he’s pretty easy to please. This year, like every other year, he’s most looking forward to eating whatever his wife is cooking up. 

“She’s an excellent cook and I try to stay out of the way unless she says, ‘come help me with this’ because I have a tendency to mess it up,” he joked. 

This week is the first time in a while that the singer will have the chance to take his mind off of music. He’s been a bit busy gaining a supportive fanbase and regularly selling out shows across the country. In just 2022, Johnson has sold out 40 shows and counting. 

In addition, the East Texas native released his fan favorite, “Human” to country radio, earned his first-ever No. 1 hit with his double platinum-selling single, “‘Til You Can’t” and added more RIAA platinum and gold singles and album certifications. This powerful song about following your true passions has earned multiple nods this year including his most recent GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Song. 

On December 2, Johnson will release a live album with his longtime touring band, Cody Johnson & The Rockin’ CJB Live. This collection will follow his 2021 albums, Human The Double Album and A Cody Johnson Christmas

Cody Johnson Live Cover
Cody Johnson Live Cover

This upcoming project will be the first installment of three unreleased albums, which he announced over the summer. He revealed that he is currently working on a live album, a concept album, and a new studio album. 

Cody Johnson only has a few dates left before he wraps up the year and gets ready to hit the ground running in 2023. His next show is set for November 26 in Beaumont, TX with special guests Randy Houser and Jesse Raub Jr. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.