WATCH: Cody Johnson and Reba McEntire win a standing ovation with an epic duo at CMA Fest

Texans came to Tennessee when Cody Johnson He brought his energetic live performance to the main stage of the CMA Festival for the first time ever.

Johnson had fans in the palm of his hands during his performances of “Til You Can’t” and “Human,” and their excitement went through the roof when Reba McEntire joined him on a duet from her smash hit, “Whoever’s in New England.”

Watch Cody Johnson and Reba McEntire perform below

Prior to the duet, Johnson opened up about collaborating with Ripa and shared his gratitude for their working relationship.

“Riba will be on stage with me tonight. Today was the first day we sang together in the studio when we recorded ‘Dear Rodeo,’ which was really amazing.” “That was the first time I met Reba, and since then we’ve developed a really good professional relationship where she’s the type that if I need something, I can pick up the phone. And she replied, which is a huge deal because Reba and I aren’t that close.”

Cody Johnson, Reba McIntyre;  Photo by Andrew Windowski
Cody Johnson, Reba McIntyre; Photo by Andrew Windowski

He went on to explain that he’s been working with Reba and her team to perfect the CMA Fest performance for some time.

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Johnson also performed “Til You Can’t”.

The CMA Festival Special also featured Johnson’s inspirational rendition of “Til You Can’t”, which received an incredible audience response.

“Til You Can’t” was crowned CMA Single of the Year at the 56th Annual CMA Awards in fall 2022.

Cody Johnson Photography by Andrew Windowski
Cody Johnson Photography by Andrew Windowski

Produced by Trent Wilmon and co-written by Ben Stennis and Matthew J. Rogers, “Til You Can’t” was the lead single from Johnson’s, Human: The Double Album. It became Johnson’s No. 1 and multi-week number one song when it reached the top of the charts last year.

“I chose to record ‘Til You Can’t’ first because of the positivity in the song’s message. In our world today, we could use more positivity,” the former Texas native said. Secondly, because of how dynamic the melody is. I took it and ran with it.”

CMA Festival 2023

The three-hour CMA Fest special was hosted by Dierks Bentley, Elle King, and Lainey Wilson and aired on ABC on Wednesday, July 19.

Dubbed the “Summer Musical Event,” it featured more than 30 surprise performances and collaborations from some of country music’s hottest stars, including Alabama, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Leon Bridges, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Jordan Davis, Vince Gill, The Hardy, Tyler Hubbard, Jelly Roll, Cody Johnson, Elle King, Miranda Lambert, Avril Lavigne, Little Big Town, Ashley McBride, Reba McIntyre, Tim McGraw, Joe De Messina, Old Dominion, John Pardee, Carly Pierce, Darius Rucker, Tanya Tucker, Keith Urban, and Lanie Wilson.

CMA Festival It celebrated its 50th anniversary with a record-breaking celebration in Nashville, from June 8th to June 11th.

50th Anniversary CMA Festival

The four-day event hosted an estimated daily attendance of more than 90,000, up 12% from 2022, according to the Country Music Association. In addition, Nissan’s stadium night parties have grown by 10% from 2022.

The festival has also hosted fans from all 50 states as well as a record-breaking 51 countries.

“What a weekend! As we’ve spent the past year reflecting on this historic celebration, one theme has lingered — the amazing relationship between country music fans and artists,” CMA CEO Sarah Trayrn shared in a statement. “It’s magical because it still matters after all these years. From rookies to legends, many artists started out as fans—some going back as a fan fair. Almost every artist during the festival had their own experience as a fan, so for many of them, stepping onto the stage at CMA is Fest is a complete moment. We get the chance to celebrate our 50th Anniversary just for once, and to do so in such a poignant way means the world to us. Thanks, country music!”

Carly Pierce Photo Courtesy of John Shearer/Getty Images for CMA/CMA Festival
Carly Pierce Photo Courtesy of John Shearer/Getty Images for CMA/CMA Festival

More than 300 works participated in it CMA Festival This year, including performances at the Chevy Riverfront Stage, Dr Pepper Amp Stage, Chevy Vibes Stage, Maui Jim Reverb Stage, and Hard Rock Stage as well as Fan Fair X inside Music City Center.

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