Ahead of this year’s CMT Music Awards back in April, Johnson spoke with People about his song and what it’s done for him.
“It gave me a new perspective of, I’m only here for a little while,” Johnson told the outlet. “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 added.
“I think it’s something we all needed to hear. It was, take the chance while you’ve got the chance to take it. It’s not about until they can. It’s not about until the situation can. It’s about when you can. And that’s something we all have in common, because for all of us, eventually, it’s going to be over. We’ve got to take the chances and make the marks while we can,” he continued.
The song, which is Johnson’s first radio No.1, was written by Ben Stennis and Matt Rogers.
Johnson performed “‘Til You Can’t” at this year’s CMT Awards and took home the trophy for Male Video of the Year with his song. The song was also nominated for Video of the Year, but that award went to Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood for their collaboration, “If I Didn’t Love You.” In addition, Johnson took home the award for Digital-first Performance of the Year for his song, “Dear Rodeo.”
“‘Til You Can’t” appears on Johnson’s double album, Human.
Johnson shared a bit more insight into why he chose to record the song.
“I chose to record ‘Til You Can’t’ first because of the positivity in the message of the song,” Johnson said. “In our world today, we could use more positivity. Secondly, because of how dynamic the melody was; I took it and ran with it.”
Johnson recorded a special acoustic version of the song at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
“If you listen closely, you might hear the Ghost of the Ryman,” Johnson said when he shared the acoustic version of the song on YouTube.