Texas breakout artist Cody Johnson was tasked with a huge, nerve-racking honor before Game Seven of Major League Baseball’s World Series Wednesday night (October 30) — and the rising star hit it out of the park.
Tapped to sing the National Anthem before the home team Houston Astros took on the Washington Nationals to decide the 2019 championship, the chart topper performed his patriotic duty with flying colors. Standing proudly behind home plate in a suit jacket and pressed jeans, Johnson delivered the Anthem with a sturdy Texas twang and his hat over his heart, flanked by an honor guard flying the flags of both the United States of America and Texas. He finished up in classy style — not overdoing the iconic song’s crescendo — and then offered a hearty “Let’s go Astros!”
Unfortunately for Johnson and his team, though, that call went unanswered. The Astros jumped out to a two run lead early on but were ultimately defeated 6-2, with the Nationals earning their first Series title in franchise history.
After arriving at No.1 on the Billboard Country chart with his debut album, Ain’t Nothin’ to It, Johnson has another big milestone coming his way — when he vies for New Artist of the Year at the 53rd annual CMA Awards, his first-ever nomination. He’s got headlining shows on tap through December, and will then join Miranda Lambert for her Wildcard Tour starting January 16 in Tupelo, Mississippi.