John Fullbright Takes “Happy” Damn Seriously


In John Fullbright’s new single “Happy,” the singer-songwriter admits he wouldn’t recommend his own lifestyle to listeners.

“A normal person, if they find themselves in a position of turmoil or grief, they’ll say, ‘I need to get out of this as fast as I can,'” he said. “A writer will say, ‘How long can I stay in this until I get something good?’ And that’s a bullshit way to look at life.”

As the opening track on the Oklahoma native’s second album, Songs, “Happy” finds Fullbright struggling to write about something nice for a change. But taking that upbeat approach is not really the Grammy-nominated artist’s strong suit.

“When I discovered Townes Van Zandt, that’s when I went, ‘You know, this is something to be taken pretty damn seriously,'” Fullbright said. “‘This is nothing to do with business. It has to do with art and identity.’”

His new video, on the other hand, is all business. Cradling a guitar and sitting alone in a dark room, Fullbright wonders aloud, “What’s so wrong with being happy?”

Find out if he comes up with an answer in the introspective video, then read his interview with CMT Edge.