Jamey Johnsons debut single with Mercury Records, In Color, is reflective of a sentimental conversation with his grandfather as he shares the stories behind memorable black and white photographs. The music video, directed by Shaun Silva, features Johnson in a simplistic setting with over 1000 photographs laid at his feet which transition from black and white to color images. Many of the pictures are of Johnsons family members and one in particular is of his grandparents on their wedding day.
The song paints a vivid picture of memories past and even makes Jamey nostalgic: I think its impacted a lot people, hopefully in a good way. Some people are going to be missing relatives that arent here any more and it wasnt designed to do that. It was the kind of song that, for me, it makes me think about all that advice my papa gave me years ago. And with him not being here anymore, how much more I should have listened while he was here. He was trying to teach me something, he was trying to tell me something. I was probably too young then or had too much stuff going on and it probably went in one ear and out the other. And these days I find myself missing him more and more. And I think this song kind of helps bring me back together with him a little.
Johnson is an Alabama native who was raised in a devout household and he names Hank Williams Sr. and Jr. and Waylon Jennings as musical influences. He served eight years as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves before heading to Nashville to pursue his dream of being a singer/songwriter.
Johnson co-wrote George Straits Give It Away, the ACM and CMA Song of the Year in 2007. In addition, he has had hits recorded by Trace Adkins and Joe Nichols. He co-wrote 11 of the 13 tracks on his Mercury debut which will be released late summer.
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