CJ Solar

About the Band

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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Monday July 15th, 2019

CJ Solar

Trying out some new stuff acoustic at the Wildhorse Saloon tonight! See y’all there! ... See MoreSee Less

Trying out some new stuff acoustic at the Wildhorse Saloon tonight! See y’all there!

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Paul Swann we need to move. 😉

Wednesday July 10th, 2019

CJ Solar

Well nick and I have been trying to not be the weakest dudes in Nashville and totally missed #WayBackWednesday this week but we’ll be back next week with the interview and hang leading up to our first trek to Canada for the Country Wild Festival! ... See MoreSee Less

Well nick and I have been trying to not be the weakest dudes in Nashville and totally missed #WayBackWednesday this week but we’ll be back next week with the interview and hang leading up to our first trek to Canada for the Country Wild Festival!

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Nick you might not be the strongest guy in Nashville so I guess you will have to settle with being the best looking guy in Nashville.😘

Love that picture

Hey Nick!!

Does Nick even lift? 🤣

🏋🏼‍♂️

Out there workin hard!

Get it 🥃🎶

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Wednesday July 10th, 2019

CJ Solar

NASHVILLE!! If you’re looking for something to do this Saturday night, we’ll be rocking at The George Jones roof top downtown! Playing 90 minutes of new jams and you’re favorites 😎 ... See MoreSee Less

NASHVILLE!! If you’re looking for something to do this Saturday night, we’ll be rocking at The George Jones roof top downtown! Playing 90 minutes of new jams and you’re favorites 😎

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Would love to be there! Have a great show!

Awesome!

Scottsdale, AZ

Sounds like a great time. I really need to go to Nashville someday.

👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻😉

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Tuesday July 9th, 2019

CJ Solar

Come get WILD with me on Saturday July 20th in Cobourg, Ontario at Country Wild. Excited to be playing with buddies Ray Fulcher & Ross Ellis! There’s still a few tickets left at the link below!

And if you’re thinking Canada is too far away, think again! It’s a quick 12 hour drive from Nashville! Lol see y’all there!

www.eventbrite.ca/e/country-wild-tickets-59668342619
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Come get WILD with me on Saturday July 20th in Cobourg, Ontario at Country Wild. Excited to be playing with buddies Ray Fulcher & Ross Ellis! There’s still a few tickets left at the link below!  And if you’re thinking Canada is too far away, think again! It’s a quick 12 hour drive from Nashville! Lol see y’all there!  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/country-wild-tickets-59668342619

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You need my new coozie, brother! Haha 🤘🏻🤘🏻

👊🏼💥👊🏼

Sunday July 7th, 2019

Hi cj I was thier last night you put a good show last night buddy and your men help you out thanks you so much cj ... See MoreSee Less

Sunday July 7th, 2019

CJ Solar

Thanks everyone who came out and had a good time with us at Peckfest last night... Glad we waited out the lightning to keep jamming late for y’all! See you soon, West Virginia! ... See MoreSee Less

Thanks everyone who came out and had a good time with us at Peckfest last night... Glad we waited out the lightning to keep jamming late for y’all! See you soon, West Virginia!

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You guys were awesome , before last night I had never heard of you guys but now I’m a huge fan

Had a blast. Thank you for a great night with family. Hope to see you again soon!

Great pic, CJ!

Cool jams

Sunday July 7th, 2019

Great show is West Virginia come back soon! ... See MoreSee Less

Great show is West Virginia come back soon!

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Thanks! Great meeting y’all!

Sunday July 7th, 2019

Rockin Peckfest!! ... See MoreSee Less

Saturday July 6th, 2019

CJ, thank you for all you done tonight ... See MoreSee Less

Saturday July 6th, 2019

CJ Solar

Point Pleasant, WV... we have seen the Mothman and now we’re ready to rock🤘🏼 ... See MoreSee Less

Point Pleasant, WV... we have seen the Mothman and now we’re ready to rock🤘🏼

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Yay!! I was there!! It’s awesome!

did you go to the museum? Have you seen the movie?? I remember the day that bridge collapsed.

Haha!! A must see!! 😆 Welcome to West Virginia! 💙💛

Cj - Did you ever see the '' Mothman Prophecies '' with Richard Gere ? That was a badass movie .

Welcome to Pt. Pleasant! Sure you will put on a good show!🤘🏻

Right on. 🎶🥃

Cool pic! You guys look great!

Lol that's where I'm from my cousin owns the mothman museum down there

Lol 😂 I was late on the other post. 😂

Jam on

U so gotta come back CJ

Awesome photo!

Yaaasss! Mothman 😬😬

Wow

I was JUST watching this movie!!

AWESOMENESS

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Trying out some new stuff acoustic at the Wildhorse Saloon tonight! See y’all there!
Well nick and I have been trying to not be the weakest dudes in Nashville and totally missed #WayBackWednesday this week but we’ll be back next week with the interview and hang leading up to our first trek to Canada for the Country Wild Festival!
NASHVILLE!! If you’re looking for something to do this Saturday night, we’ll be rocking at The George Jones roof top downtown! Playing 90 minutes of new jams and you’re favorites 😎
Come get WILD with me on Saturday July 20th in Cobourg, Ontario at Country Wild. Excited to be playing with buddies Ray Fulcher & Ross Ellis! There’s still a few tickets left at the link below!  And if you’re thinking Canada is too far away, think again! It’s a quick 12 hour drive from Nashville! Lol see y’all there!  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/country-wild-tickets-59668342619
Thanks everyone who came out and had a good time with us at Peckfest last night... Glad we waited out the lightning to keep jamming late for y’all! See you soon, West Virginia!
Point Pleasant, WV... we have seen the Mothman and now we’re ready to rock🤘🏼
UPDATE: We’re incredibly bummed that Hank can’t make it out tomorrow night - we always have a blast playing with him. But like we said - we LOVE West Virginia so we’re gonna play a little longer tomorrow night and give y’all the party you deserve! Showtime at 9:00 let’s weird.
We LOVE Hank Williams Jr. and we LOVE West By God!! Super pumped to be in Point Pleasant this weekend at Peckfest! See y’all out there!
Did an interview with The Country Network a few months ago that has been running all week on their channel but if you haven’t caught it yet you can tomorrow (Sunday) at 4pm and 8pm on your local tv or at those same times but eastern time if you catch it online or their Roku channel! Watch at the link below if you don’t have them on a channel!  http://tcncountry.net/watch-live.htm  #itsyourcountry #thecountrynetwork #tcncountry #tcn #seemoremusic #ontherise #countrymusic
Was a great night at the Music Row awards! Congrats to my buddy Jimmie Allen for winning Breakthrough Artist/Writer of the year, was honored to be the only non major label artist nominated in the category! And congrats to all other nominees and winners🤘🏼
At the MusicRow awards tonight... #WayBackWednesday back on for next week!
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