Jamey Johnson (born July 14, 1975, in Enterprise, Alabama) is an American country music artist.
Signed to BNA Records in 2005, Johnson made his debut with his single "The Dollar", the title track to his 2006 album “The Dollar.” "The Dollar" went on to peak at #14 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. The album's second single, "Rebelicious," failed to enter the charts and Johnson was dropped from BNA.
After the loss of his record deal, Johnson divorced his wife and took on a reclusive lifestyle, residing in a friend's house while working on his songwriting. He wrote several songs for other artists. In 2006, George Strait reached #1 on the Country chart with "Give It Away," a song which Johnson co-wrote with Bill Anderson and Buddy Cannon. In 2007, Trace Adkins charted with two more songs that Johnson co-wrote: "Ladies Love Country Boys" and "I Got My Game On," the former being Adkins' first #1 in 10 years.
Also in 2007, Joe Nichols reached Top 20 with "Another Side of You," another song co-written by Johnson.
Johnson released an album in 2008, “That Lonesome Song,” which was only made available online. The album drew the attention of Mercury Nashville Records, who signed him to a record deal in 2008. His first single for the label, "In Color," was released in March 2008. This song, which Johnson co-wrote with Lee Thomas Miller and James Otto, entered Top 40 in June 2008, and “That Lonesome Song” was physically released in August of that year.
The single "In Color" peaked at #9 on the Country chart in January 2009 and was followed a month later by "High Cost of Living," which managed to crack the Top 40, but only reaching #34. By April 2009, “That Lonesome Song” was certified Gold by the RIAA. A fifth single, "My Way to You," was issued in July 2009. The song was released to radio on July 13, 2009, and debuted at #56 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The song peaked at #52 in September 2009.
Johnson was nominated for the 2009 CMA Awards New Artist of the Year, and has been nominated for the 2010 Academy of Country Music Top New Solo Vocalist. Johnson's newest single, "Playing the Part," was released in summer, 2010 and included on “The Guitar Song,” released Sept. 14, 2010.
Johnson received three Grammy Award nominations at the 51st Grammy Awards: Best Country Album for “That Lonesome Song,” and Best Country Song and Best Male Country Vocal Performance for "In Color." "In Color" won the Academy of Country Music's 2009 award for Song of the Year and the same award during the 2009 Country Music Association Awards.
Going into 2010, Johnson received two more Grammy Award nominations for the 52nd Grammy Awards: Best Country Song and Best Male Country Vocal Performance, both for his 2009 single "High Cost of Living."