Johnson’s comments were the result of him choosing song, “Human” from his double album of the same name as his new single.
“I think that taking that chance of releasing ‘Human’ and saying, ‘Look, I’m gonna be vulnerable in front of the world’ [is the right one]. I’m man enough. I’m tough enough to say, ‘Look, this is how I feel,’” Johnson explained of his choice to make “Human” his latest single.
“The biggest job is keeping [yourself] under control, making sure that you’re not gonna turn into ‘that person,’” he continued. “The more fame and the more money… you watch people and you watch their careers, where they change and they turn into different people. And then you see their lives fall apart, their careers fall apart, and it’s like they were a detriment under themselves. Keeping that at bay is really the job, and realizing that there are other things that are more important, I think, is the big takeaway.”
Johnson previously spoke about his decision to choose “Human” as his next single at this year’s iHeart Music Festival in Austin, Texas, sharing how our struggles are what can unite us despite our other differences.
“One thing we all have in common not just in the U.S. but across the world; no matter how you feel about politics, no matter how you feel about religion, no matter what race you are, no matter how much money you have in your bank account, whether you dress like me or like you do, one thing we all have in common is the fact we’re human,” Johnson said.
“We are all the same. We’ve gone through a lot in this country the last two years. We are all doing this together. We all have struggles even though they are different. This is why I chose this song to be the next single,” he added.
Johnson earned his first-ever career No. 1 hit with his previous single, “‘Til You Can’t” back in March.
Johnson opened up about how the song changed his life, revealing, “It gave me a new perspective of, I’m only here for a little while. I’ve got to do the things that matter. Spend time with your wife, spend time with your kids, push your career, do it while you’re here. Don’t wait for the next chapter. Make the next chapter,” he said.
The country hitmaker’s latest single, “Human” impacted country radio on Jun. 6.