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James Johnston’s ‘Raised Like That’ Breaks Another Record

11 July 2022 | 10:16 am | Mallory Arbour

'Raised Like That' was released in July 2021

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James Johnston’s debut country single, Raised Like That, has been certified Gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). He is the first independent country artist to achieve this in 21 years.

He shared on social media, “This song has changed my life! I’m truly humbled by this! Thank you everyone for being on this journey with me!”

RAISED LIKE THAT came out 12 months ago today and I just found out it has officially been accredited GOLD by ARIA! The first independant country artist to achieve this in 21 years! This song has changed my life! I’m truely humbled by this! Thank you everyone for being on this journey with me!

Posted by James Johnston on Thursday, July 7, 2022

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Raised Like That was released on July 9, 2021. It reached number one on the Countrytown Hot 50 Country Airplay Chart. In another feat, it also became the fastest single by an Australian based country artist to hit 1 million streams.

Raised Like That tells the story of community, integrity, and a celebration to a way of life of people who grew up in a small close nit community. The anthemic production and lyrics are reminiscent of Eric Church and Kip Moore and the track is undeniably infectious.

Johnston’s follow up radio singles – Small Town and Country Boys – also reached #1 on the Countrytown Hot 50. The singer-songwriter is gearing up for the release of his first duetSame Songs with Kaylee Bell – this week. The song was written in part with his fans, who contributed their favourite singalong songs and artists that he could incorporate into the lyrics.


Keep up to date with James Johnston on his Facebook page here.