Indie artist Sam Johnston releases new single “Congratulations.” The single is available on all digital streaming platforms.
“This single is the first off of an album that tells a coming-of-age story. It showcases me at my absolute best and certainly my absolute worst. “Congratulations” really tackles the jealousy aspect of that wide array of emotions. It’s really about an unrequited viewpoint of other artists that social media can sometimes do. As the song progresses, it really forces me into the looking glass to look inwards,” Johnston states.
Sam Johnston delivers a searing message in his new single “Congratulations.” With flawless vocals and unforgettable lyrics, “Congratulations” doesn’t shy away from the truth about its subject: “don’t you worry about your rent / because daddy’s money is heaven-sent” sets the scene for the type of person Johnston is sarcastically congratulating. For all the things this person does, there is always an ulterior motive and a reason why their life has become devoid of substance. With a driving, funky beat and striking guitar, this single will find its audience in the irreverent indie-rock genre that has taken over Nashville in the last five years.
Opening and closing with the commotion of a raucous crowd paints “Congratulations” as the type of song that would be sung by a party crasher who has been scorned one too many times by the singer. Johnston closes the song with the vulnerable lyrics “’cause really I’m just stuck here alone / and probably just a little too stoned / and thinking ’bout how you broke my heart / so congratulations.” Sam Johnston blends honest songwriting with stellar instrumentals that demand to be listened to on repeat to fully grasp the story he is telling. With the single preceding his debut album Cannonball, it’s abundantly clear that Johnston is one to watch in 2022.