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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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#throwbackthursday to our high school battle of the bands... grannies leather jacket and moms leather pants were somehow what I decided to wear 🤣 and we closed the set with Free Bird... shocker lol
We clean up aight...
#ThursdayThursday to germing on Justin Moore the year before I moved to Nashville... crazy to think he cut something I wrote about 6 years after that!
Birds Eye View
Happy Fathers Day pops... might have to grow the stache back out one of these days just for ole times sake lol
Getting the grill ready to cook some burgers and brats for Courtney’s birthday tonight so gonna miss #WayBackWednesday but I’ll see y’all next week!!
Road trip buddies
Always been a Jeep guy lol #throwbackthursday
Writing some songs this week down in Louisiana but me and the boys Blake Griffith and Rick Huckaby will be playing a couple tunes for #WayBackWednesday tonight!
#ThrowbackThursday to my first official @cmafest @ascap stage performance before I started wearing my hat 🤣 believe this was 2015... might redneckognize the guy up there with me... bummed CMA fest would’ve been this week but looking forward to making up for it next year!
#ThrowbackThursday to one of my high school bands... my buddy Andrew (giving the thumbs up) was in all of them and excited he moved to Nashville this week and is gonna be living with me for a little while!
Had a nice couple days with the fam down in Gulf Shores but excited to be back in Nashville working on music again!
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Thursday July 9th, 2020

CJ Solar

#ThrowbackThursday to recording our version of “Long Haired Country Boy” a couple years ago... RIP Charlie Daniels... ... See MoreSee Less

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Love this song CJ. It's beautiful. Would love to here u sing sometime in person. 💖💖

Freaking FANTABULOUS.

Fantastic!

Wednesday July 8th, 2020

CJ Solar

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😵 so glad I hopped on this #replay great song!

Play at Notre Dame like Garth. Heard he is coming back. Come with him.

Love your playing and singing. Someday I'll get to hear u.

Your cover of this song has always been 💯

That was a pretty good intro to Watered Down Whiskey LOL

Sounded great! Thanks. See you next time.

We want live music back!!!

Came down with covid

Yes!!! Backyard tunes

I have to say again, the new EP is awesome!

Hey CJ!!

What about guitar jesus

So excited for Nick this is HUGE about time someone else figured out he's a genius

Hey CJ - I believe Happy Birthday is I.

He looked like Jesus lol

And forgot

Guns and roses today?

Psychic told u

Your bass player

You do the song justice

Good tune

Lived in Richmond 👍

Sup

Nice job my brother

you need another backyard set

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Saturday July 4th, 2020

CJ Solar

Happy 4th of July everybody!! Hope you have the same amount of fingers tomorrow that you woke up with today 🤘🏻

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Hope you had an awesome day!!

Yessir. Come back home to T club or Fred’s

I TRULY LOVE THIS!!

That is great

Ya just can’t blow shit up like you use to

Happy 4th CJ. Have a good one

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Thursday July 2nd, 2020

CJ Solar

#throwbackthursday to our high school battle of the bands... grannies leather jacket and moms leather pants were somehow what I decided to wear 🤣 and we closed the set with Free Bird... shocker lol ... See MoreSee Less

#throwbackthursday to our high school battle of the bands... grannies leather jacket and moms leather pants were somehow what I decided to wear 🤣 and we closed the set with Free Bird... shocker lol

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I needed a true “laugh out loud” - thanks!

That’s great, still laughing

Those glasses are 10/10

Whoa...nice outfit 😎💕

Bahahaha that is epic!

😂😂

😂😂

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Thursday July 2nd, 2020

CJ Solar

Did a little social distancing yesterday at the range and TomTom caught me doing my best Laura Croft impersonation... loving these pistols from my buddies at Walther Arms, Inc.🤘🏻 ... See MoreSee Less

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Haha! Love it! you better work on your backflip while shooting to get to Lara Croft caliber.

Next time you’re in my neck of the woods I’ll take ya target shooting!!

This is how I shoot 🔫.

Laura Croft

I didn’t know that you liked to shoot! We should hit the range next time you’re in BR

Keep practicing. Pays off in long run.

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Saturday June 27th, 2020

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We clean up aight...

Comment on Facebook We clean up aight...

So handsome and so pretty! Cute couple!

Sorry Ceej... don’t know what made me think of that... the beautiful setting I think!!!!

Sounds like a good idea for a new song and yes you do.

Amazingly beautiful couple

You two look great man!!!

Well at least one of you do but I won’t say which one she is ....

Beautiful couple

Wonderful picture!❤️

Beautiful couple

Love you guys!!!!!!!

Awww love the trim! Did yall see Willie Robertson brand spanking new haircut? ..... Lawd mercy he looks so much younger!!

Great picture

Y'all looking good.

Beautiful

Funny !

Now all you need is a pitchfork!!!!😎

Love this picture you guys!! Good looking couple!

Beautiful couple

You're both so darn cute!

My boy!! Looking good bro!

Great photo!! ❤️

Great pic

Great picture!

Yes you do!

Cute couple!

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Friday June 26th, 2020

CJ Solar

Shot this last year right after recording "Watered Down Whiskey" for the EP... Hope yall are diggin it!!

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Omg I’ve been waiting for a song like this from you and of course you did NOT disappoint! Going to be playing this one on repeat! Yasmine Davis have you heard this one yet?

Damn good tune

We dig 🎶🥃🥃🎶

Awesome song..

Nice!

Love it!

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Thursday June 25th, 2020

CJ Solar

Labor Day Weekend! So excited to be back playing a show and getting to open again for Skynyrd on the Friday night of Gulf Coast Jam! Hope to see ya'll there!Named by Rolling Stone as “An artist you need to know”, CJ Solar is on the rise. He co-wrote the hit “Up Down” by Morgan Wallen and is no stranger to the big stage. He’s definitely one you’ll want to show up early to see!

Tickets and lodging packages available at:
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Labor Day Weekend! So excited to be back playing a show and getting to open again for Skynyrd on the Friday night of Gulf Coast Jam! Hope to see yall there!

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Hasn’t Memorial Day weekend already past?

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Thursday June 25th, 2020

CJ Solar

#ThursdayThursday to germing on Justin Moore the year before I moved to Nashville... crazy to think he cut something I wrote about 6 years after that! ... See MoreSee Less

#ThursdayThursday to germing on Justin Moore the year before I moved to Nashville... crazy to think he cut something I wrote about 6 years after that!

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Which song of yours did Justin release?

so COOL!!!!

Lizz Bauer

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Wednesday June 24th, 2020

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I like your Bob seager stuff

All of you are so talented ❤️..... Stan is watching you CJ

This is summer driven music!!! Windows down volume all the way up singin along at the top of your voice!!!! I NEEEEEEEEEDDDDD THIS !!!

Saw you in Natchez last Saturday. Awesome talent!! Enjoyed it so very much.

Take care, have a good weekend.

Hey CJ! Love that song

I just wish he could sing 😔

Thanks for doing these!!!

Thank you, CJ!!

Better memory

I saw Nashville to London today it was awesome

AWESOME

Watching from Prairieville

Hello fren!!

Late again sorry

KISS ME GOODBYE

Thank you so much ❤️❤️❤️

Hi from Texas

YES!!!!

Hey cj what’s up man

Hey CJ

👏👏👏👏

🎶💗🎶💗🎶

Hey CJ! Big fan!

Play near Houston!

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