For Immediate Release June 16, 2015
ROBBY JOHNSON GETS ‘SHADY’ THIS SUMMER WITH NEW SINGLE
Singer To Open for Keith Urban On July 10
(NASHVILLE, TN) – After months in the studio, country singer Robby Johnson returns with a new single, “Shady,” which will be released on June 30, which could end up the Summer Anthem of 2015. The song is expected to be included on his debut album, Don’t Look Back, which is produced by James Stroud (Tim McGraw, Chris Young) and due out later this year.
Johnson mixes up modern country with an upbeat poppy song about summer lovin’. Co-written by Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, and Luke Laird, the song’s lyrics are the perfect backdrop to a day at the beach or poolside party: “In the sunshine being shady/Big umbrella with my baby/Kiss me two times drive me crazy/In the sunshine being shady/Ooh, come on, come on, come on, come on, yeah yeah yeah.”
“The song is about a guy, deeply in love, taking his girlfriend on a road trip for her to have the best of times. I’ve always been a rebel and I believe everybody needs to getaway from this fast and crazy world, not being serious and just enjoying the simple things in life,” says Johnson
Johnson spent this January through April recording Don’t Look Back, which features a guest appearance by country great Vince Gill. Gill play’s guitar on the track “I Ain’t the Guy,” which Johnson co-wrote. He also co-wrote four other tracks and had the privilege to cut songs from Nashville’s Hit songwriters including McAnally, Laird, Ashley Gorley, Josh Osborne, Chris DeStefano, and Rhett Akins. “It was such an honor to have Vince perform on my record. I’ve been a fan of his for some time and always loved his guitar playing,” says Johnson.
While in the studio, Stroud noticed a music school just across the street cross and the two decided to enlist their help for the album’s song, “1, 2, 3, 4.” Nine students joined them to give the song an extra boost of energy for the catchy lyrics.
On July 10, Johnson will head to Canada to open for Keith Urban at the biggest venue of the festival, the Stage of the Plains of Abraham, at the 48th Festival d’ete de Quebec. This year marks the first time the event organizers have included a country night on the main stage of the festival. The festival, which runs from July 9-19, is one of North America’s largest outdoor music events having drawn crowds of up to 120, 000 fans of all genres of music. The eclectic lineup includes 300 shows in 10 venues across 11 days, with performances by the Rolling Stones, Nickelback, the Doobie Brothers, Deep Purple, and Jack U, DJs Diplo, Skrillex, Boston, De La Soul, Icona Pop, and more.