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CJ Solar

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Category: Band
Music Genre: Country

With the fuel of both Southern rock and country music influences pumping through his veins, it’s no surprise that Sea Gayle Music’s CJ Solar is a natural at fusing the two worlds. Combine that with Delta blues, compliments of a childhood spent in Cajun country, and you’ve got one badass up-and-comer, with the pure musical talent and vocal chops to back him up. Already turning heads throughout Nashville, Baton Rouge and beyond, having been named one of the “Top New Artists You Need To Know” by Rolling Stone Country, CJ says the driving force behind his current success isn’t fame nor fortune – it’s just a diehard infatuation with the music he grew up on.

“I just want to write songs that say something that really means something. I want to ride around in a van, tour the country, and play songs with my buds. Everything I do in music, I want to do it for the love of the music and the sake of the song,” he adds.

It all started back in Baton Rouge where his family’s affinity for music struck a chord. “My grandparents loved country music. My dad was a big classic rock fan,” he said. “Dad kept a guitar in a closet, and I dug it out when I was seven and started making noise of my own with it,” Solar recalls. That so-called “noise” would sharpen quickly, through lessons at the young age of eight, to enrollment at Nashville’s Belmont University, to cuts on albums by Justin Moore and Jerrod Niemann, and, now, his own critically acclaimed solo EP that’s turning heads, Hard One to Turn Down.

And a Hard One To Turn Down, the EP is. Critics at The Daily Country write, “Solar injects a hefty (and welcome) dose of Southern rock into his country, which melds perfectly with his gravelly vocals.” Country Music Rocks was “immediately captivated by all five songs and hopes that [the EP] obtains the recognition it deserves.” The Rowdy found it “exactly what country fans are looking to savor.” And The Shotgun Seat welcomes Hard One to Turn Down as “the perfect pairing of country storytelling and rocking rhythms, married by his dynamic vocals.” And that’s only the beginning.

Flashback to Louisiana where CJ put a group together while in elementary school, recruiting his two brothers. They called themselves The Solar Heat, recollected by CJ as “the cheesiest band name of all time.” But the band built up a solid local fan base, and helped CJ hone his writing and performance skills. However, CJ knew he needed to be in Nashville where he attended Belmont and landed an exclusive publishing agreement before he had even graduated.

“I’d recorded some of my best songs in December of my senior year,” he says. “When I started interning at Sea Gayle Music in February, I played these and two other songs I hadn’t recorded for Mike Owens (VP Creative at Sea Gayle). A week later I had a publishing deal. I’m pretty sure that’s not the way it happens with most interns. I’m grateful for these opportunities, and I don’t plan on taking them for granted.”

The ink was still wet on Solar’s degree when artists all over town started putting the new Nashville songwriter’s self-penned songs on hold. “Blue Bandana,” which he’d written in January, was chosen by Jerrod Niemann and released as a single. Then, Solar began writing with Bob DiPiero and other members of Nashville’s songwriting elite.

Solar tracked and produced Hard One To Turn Down, alongside Sea Gayle’s Brent Anderson, (who’s producing and songwriting credits include Chris Janson, Blake Shelton and others), with established country hit-maker Jerrod Niemann joining in on one song as guest vocalist. Its lead single, a paean to the powers of sipping on a “Tall Boy,” dropped in mid-March and quickly garnered over 164,000 Spotify spins in its first month of release. The EP followed on April 15, in both digital and physical formats. In May, the music video for “Tall Boy,” directed by Marcel Chagnon, premiered on CMT. Tour dates from coast to coast include his own headlining dates and opening slots for The Cadillac Three, Old Dominion, Hank Williams, Jr., and the list goes on.

If it’s not obvious yet, Solar is on the fast track to success, with a solid team in Nashville to back him up. And he’s not going to leave any stones left unturned. As important as songwriting is and will always be to Solar, he is excited to be stepping into the spotlight as an artist. CJ is a powerful vocalist with his Southern, gravelly edge and he has the guitar chops to match. His live show puts it all together and will knock you off your feet.

Yet the pensive, bolero-brimmed, too-wise-for-his-age 23-year-old is riding his momentum thoughtfully, with the long haul in mind. “I’d love to tour the country and have a handful of hit songs,” he muses. “But I’m totally cool with living pretty normally as long as I need to. All that matters is that I keep doing what I love to do.”

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Friday December 13th, 2019

CJ Solar

So much fun at the barn party last night outside of Seattle!!! Heading to Dallas for one last acoustic show tomorrow in Tyler, TX! If you’re in the area message me for details!! ... See MoreSee Less

So much fun at the barn party last night outside of Seattle!!! Heading to Dallas for one last acoustic show tomorrow in Tyler, TX! If you’re in the area message me for details!!

Thursday December 12th, 2019

CJ Solar

🚨Tune in Alert🚨
The Country Network will be airing "Coming My Way" video this Friday 12/13/19 at 2:34 pm and 7:09 pm. Be sure to go check it out🤘
Streaming 👉http://tcncountry.net/watch-live.htm
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🚨Tune in Alert🚨 The Country Network will be airing Coming My Way video this Friday 12/13/19 at 2:34 pm and 7:09 pm. Be sure to go check it out🤘 Streaming 👉http://tcncountry.net/watch-live.htm

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Digging that helmet

Thursday December 12th, 2019

CJ Solar

To the best of your memory, name your first ever favorite song. Mine was Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival! ... See MoreSee Less

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Love it CJ!

Many songs in the 60's and 70's, love those classic rock songs. I do remember Sugar Suger Candy Girl by the Archies stands out for me!

Jet Airliner - Steve Miller Band

Ok...this may surprise folks, but one of my fav songs was Love Hurts from ‘Hair of the Dog’ by Nazareth! Ultimate classic rock 8 track tape riding around in a Pontiac Firebird in High School - not sure my memory goes back further than that!

Jim dandy to the rescue. Black oak Arkansas version.

Forever and ever amen (I was 5 and someone sang it at a family reunion)

An oldie but a goodie.

It depends on if it was country or rock I would have to say my first memory would be my pap listing to Lester flat and Earl Scruggs on 8 track in old Jeep lol

How far back? Puppy Love Donny Osmond😂

Garth Brooks - It’s Midnight Cinderella Super cheesy and goofy song, but so much fun. Ha

Crazy, by Patsy Cline

Radio Heart by Charly McClain.

I think mine would be Sister Christian by Foreigner.

Chattahoochee Alan Jackson

Bad bad Leroy brown

Nazareth, “Hair of the dog”.

Ramblin Man-Allman Brothers

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Thursday December 12th, 2019

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You were close to my home town.

What brand acoustics you using

Monday December 9th, 2019

CJ Solar

So much fun hanging with the folks at
CMT today!!! If you haven’t seen the new video for “Coming My Way” it’s on CMT.com!!!
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So much fun hanging with the folks at CMT today!!! If you haven’t seen the new video for “Coming My Way” it’s on CMT.com!!!

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You are such an amazing person. Inside and out. Keep doing what you do cause what you do is just as amazing as you.

So very cool! Headin up to the top

Love the video and song.

You the bomb!! 💙

👊🏻

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Monday December 9th, 2019

CJ Solar

Coincidence? I think not #louisianafootball #GeauxTigers #WhoDat #BobbyBoucher #MudDogs ... See MoreSee Less

Coincidence? I think not #louisianafootball #geauxtigers #whodat #bobbyboucher #muddogs

Sunday December 8th, 2019

CJ Solar

Good times rocking in Jackson, OH last night at ParksEdge Event Center with the boys... fun last show of the year... Excited to get back after it in 2020 🤘🏻
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📸: by our good friend Shane Runion
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Good times rocking in Jackson, OH last night at ParksEdge with the boys... fun last show of the year... Excited to get back after it in 2020 🤘🏻 . . 📸: by our good friend Shane Runion

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Thank you for being our first live performance ParksEdge Event Center. You guys are awesome! #joeroganofmusic

That is awesome picture of you guys

Friday December 6th, 2019

CJ Solar

Excited to be raising money to help provide kids Christmas presents in Jackson, OH tomorrow night! If you're in southern Ohio we'd love to see ya there! ... See MoreSee Less

Excited to be raising money to help provide kids Christmas presents in Jackson, OH tomorrow night! If youre in southern Ohio wed love to see ya there!

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Wish I could be there!! ❤️ Guys don’t miss this show!! CJ Solar is the bomb!! ❤️

I can't be there from Lincoln county but I did share..

Awesome

I will be there can't wait! 🤗🤗🤗

Thursday December 5th, 2019

CJ Solar

Been a great year on Spotify! Thanks for streaming!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Congrats man !!

Nancy Barlow

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So much fun at the barn party last night outside of Seattle!!! Heading to Dallas for one last acoustic show tomorrow in Tyler, TX! If you’re in the area message me for details!!
🚨Tune in Alert🚨 The Country Network will be airing "Coming My Way" video this Friday 12/13/19 at 2:34 pm and 7:09 pm. Be sure to go check it out🤘 Streaming 👉http://tcncountry.net/watch-live.htm
So much fun hanging with the folks at CMT today!!! If you haven’t seen the new video for “Coming My Way” it’s on CMT.com!!!
Coincidence? I think not #louisianafootball #geauxtigers #whodat #bobbyboucher #muddogs
Good times rocking in Jackson, OH last night at ParksEdge with the boys... fun last show of the year... Excited to get back after it in 2020 🤘🏻 . . 📸: by our good friend Shane Runion
Excited to be raising money to help provide kids Christmas presents in Jackson, OH tomorrow night! If you're in southern Ohio we'd love to see ya there!
I’m proud to wear #ThisShirtSavesLives and support kids fighting cancer @stjude. Please join me in the movement and get your shirt here: thisshirtsaveslives.org
Happy Thanksgiving from the fam in Little Rock!
Hey y'all don’t forget to keep voting! You can vote as many times as you’d like!! Watch CMT Music 12 Pack Countdown Fridays at 9/8c to see the top 12 videos as chosen by the fans. Link below:👇 http://www.cmt.com/shows/cmt-music-12-pack-countdown/vote
See y’all at Tiger One Village at 1:30 on Saturday!!! #GeauxTigers
Happy birthday to my little bro’s Cody and Mack!
Thanks Pikeville, Kentucky for making us feel welcome, hope to be back soon!! Had a blast supporting Chris Janson with my buddy Ray Fulcher at the Appalachian Wireless Arena 📸: Wes Wilson Photographer
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