On August 11, 2023, Cody Johnson released “The Painter” as the lead single from his third major-label studio album, Leather, quickly becoming his signature song. It ranked No. 14 on Billboard’s Country Airplay and climbed all the way to No. 12 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. The song even entered the country charts in Canada and New Zealand.
Meaning Behind The Song
Written by Ryan Larkins, Kat Higgins, and Benjy Davis, “The Painter” is about a man honoring the woman in his life who consistently finds chances to grow, offers support, and ultimately brings light and vibrancy into his gloomiest moments.
Cody Johnson said that the first time he heard the swoon-worthy tune, he knew it was special. The heartfelt lyrics resonated effortlessly with his other half’s gentle and caring nature, and he felt it was like a page out of his own storybook.
“My favorite lyric in ‘The Painter’ is ‘for every wall I built, she saw a canvas,” the singer revealed, adding that it perfectly describes his marriage with wife Brandi.
The Texas native met Brandi while he was navigating his career journey. Back then, he was bouncing back from a bull riding injury, juggling a job as a prison chain gang overseer, recording music in his garage, and hustling through small gigs to make his mark.
Brandi played a pivotal role, urging Johnson to leave his prison job and focus solely on music. In a sign of unwavering support, she even left college and took on two jobs to bolster their journey together. Their relationship grew stronger, and have since been married for fifteen years.
Immerse yourself in the soulful melodies and experience the heartfelt journey in Cody Johnson’s “The Painter” by listening to the song in the link below!