It's not too often that a successful bull rider leaves his career to be a country music singer, but it sure seems to have made sense for Cody Johnson. The Texas-bred singer-songwriter may have a rodeo past, but he's got a bright future in the country business.

Since 2006, Johnson has been slowly making a name for himself in country music with a traditional sound that stays true to the roots of the genre while still bringing a fresh perspective to the industry. An independent artist since the very beginning, Johnson self-released his sixth studio album last year, and it looks like his hard work is really starting to pay off: Gotta Be Me boasted big names such as Randy Rogers and the Brothers Osborne in its writing credits, reached No. 2 on the country charts and led to appearances at festivals all over the country, including Country Jam and the Taste of Country Music Festival.

Fans of Tim McGraw and Garth Brooks will identify with the smooth baritone, storytelling lyrics and Southern charm that Johnson brings to every song, but make no mistake: This rodeo-rider is out to make a distinct name for himself. Blending traditional country twang with honest lyrics and polished instrumentation, Johnson brings a new take to a time-honored genre -- one that fans are sure to love.

Want to learn more about Johnson? Click through the photo gallery above to learn five fun facts about the singer-songwriter; fans can also keep up with Johnson on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.