James Johnston Leaks His Own Epic New Song

7 September 2023 | 10:03 am | Mary Varvaris

"This song has always meant a hell of a lot to me, so I’ve decided I want you to have it early..."

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James Johnston has shared a teaser and new announcement regarding his upcoming single, Worth Its Weight In Gold, which will drop on streaming services tomorrow.

“This song has always meant a hell of a lot to me, so I’ve decided I want you to have it early,” Johnston wrote on Facebook last night (6 September). “WORTH ITS WEIGHT IN GOLD is coming out this Friday‼️

“This was a decision I made after having so many people reach out after hearing it live. I wanted you to have it before the album so we can sing it together on TOUR! I can’t wait for you to hear it!”

In the teaser clip, Johnston walks beside a barn with an epic-sounding backdrop behind him, singing, “The real estate man came around today / Must’ve heard I was in town for grandad’s estate”.

Telling a story more than selling a song, Worth Its Weight In Gold builds until Johnston commands, “So I sat him down, and I set him straight / Don’t show up in your suit trying to spend your money!”

You can watch the teaser below and keep an eye on streaming services come midnight.

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Last month, James Johnston announced that his debut album, Raised Like That, would arrive with 20 tracks on Friday, 29 September.

Fans can now pre-save the album to win a house concert hosted by James Johnston, no matter where they live, with the option of pre-saving closing on 28 September.

You can also pre-order merchandise bundles, including signed copies of limited-edition double vinyl, t-shirts, CDs, caps, and the digital album. Pre-order/pre-save your copy of Johnston’s debut album here.

Johnston is supporting Morgan Evans on his massive homecoming Australian tour this month.

Johnston has a habit of releasing songs early (or whenever he wants to). After teasing an upcoming collaboration with fellow Aussies Zac & George in July, Johnston dropped the single Some Things Never Change.

Led by an acoustic guitar, Johnston’s signature drawl and the harmonies of Zac & George in the second verse, Some Things Never Change takes on a life of its own once the chorus lands.

Talking about the co-writing session with the lads in Nashville, Johnston explained, “Listening back to the demo on the plane ride home, I knew we had captured something special.

“I wanted to record and release it in a way I had never seen anyone do before,” he added in a press release, taking the co-write with Zac & George and then getting them on board for the final recording.