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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Tuesday October 15th, 2019

CJ Solar

Long weekend is over... Tuesday is now Monday... back at work! ... See MoreSee Less

Long weekend is over... Tuesday is now Monday... back at work!
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Monday October 14th, 2019

CJ Solar

Good times writing with my boy Lance Carpenter today... here’s us from the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) awards after party a few weeks ago... the write went much better lol ... See MoreSee Less

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Wow!! Too cute!! 🧡

Sunday October 13th, 2019

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Brent and I met while I was interning at Sea Gayle Music and immediately became friends over our love for the tigers... we’ve gone to a home game where they played a top 10 team together every year since and have yet to see em lose! Great weekend in Baton Rouge! #GeauxTigers ... See MoreSee Less

Brent and I met while I was interning at Sea Gayle Music and immediately became friends over our love for the tigers... we’ve gone to a home game where they played a top 10 team together every year since and have yet to see em lose! Great weekend in Baton Rouge! #GeauxTigers

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Great seeing you guys and getting to chat a while in Friday night. Y'all were awesome. Safe travels

Good to see y’all! 🐾 🐅

Congrats on the win ... but .. Go Bucks...

Can y’all go to the LSU/Bama game?

👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

#Bromance

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Friday October 11th, 2019

CJ Solar

Baton Rouge! Last minute songwriter show tonight with my dude Brent Anderson at Pointe-Marie on River Road! Details about location at bottom of the flyer 👌🏻 #GeauxTigers ... See MoreSee Less

Baton Rouge! Last minute songwriter show tonight with my dude Brent Anderson at Pointe-Marie on River Road! Details about location at bottom of the flyer 👌🏻 #GeauxTigers

Wednesday October 9th, 2019

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How appropriate! Love it!

Hey CJ SOLAR

See you Friday!

Hey CJ loved y'all in Jackson Ohio at Stockroom

Is the single shot the reason the dog only has one eye?

Hi Nick Gibbens

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Hit me up to come by the tailgate!

Hi CJ 😊

🤘🏼

Hey there

Hi

Hey 👋🏼

Go tigers

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Tuesday October 8th, 2019

when you suddenly realize why this song catches your ear 😏 ... See MoreSee Less

when you suddenly realize why this song catches your ear 😏

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Lol thanks man!

Monday October 7th, 2019

CJ Solar

Great day writing with my boys Jeffrey Steele & Mark Mackay!! ... See MoreSee Less

Great day writing with my boys Jeffrey Steele & Mark Mackay!!

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Yay!! Looking forward to more awesome tunes!! 🎼💙🎼

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Monday October 7th, 2019

CJ Solar

Had such a great time with Ryman Hospitality Properties WSM-A/Nashville's Devon O’Day (r) and guest host and Gospel singer Tonja Rose!
Thank you All Access
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Had such a great time with Ryman Hospitality Properties WSM-A/Nashvilles Devon O’Day (r) and guest host and Gospel singer Tonja Rose!
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Sunday October 6th, 2019

First time watching performance at Stockroom 601 in Jackson ohio last night. You rocked! Our group enjoyed your show. Hope you make it back to stockroom 601! ... See MoreSee Less

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Yes, definitely hope you make a return!

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Long weekend is over... Tuesday is now Monday... back at work!
Brent and I met while I was interning at Sea Gayle Music and immediately became friends over our love for the tigers... we’ve gone to a home game where they played a top 10 team together every year since and have yet to see em lose! Great weekend in Baton Rouge! #GeauxTigers
Baton Rouge! Last minute songwriter show tonight with my dude Brent Anderson at Pointe-Marie on River Road! Details about location at bottom of the flyer 👌🏻 #GeauxTigers
Great day writing with my boys Jeffrey Steele & Mark Mackay!!
Had such a great time with Ryman Hospitality Properties WSM-A/Nashville's Devon O’Day (r) and guest host and Gospel singer Tonja Rose!
Thank you All Access
Who’s ready to throw down this weekend?! Pumped to be rocking with our bud Shane Runion at Stockroom601 in Jackson, OH this Saturday!
What a weekend! Wanna thank Gary Allan and the whole crew for having us out! Great crowds in Charleston & Raleigh!
Way cool! Check out “Wild Hair” on  Next from Nashville playlist on Spotify https://bit.ly/2lRhC66
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All warmed up and ready for you tonight Charleston, SC!!
NEW SONG out today!! “Wild Hair” is one of my favorite jams I’ve ever done! Written with some of my favorite dudes Jason Gantt, Jacob Davis & Bob DiPiero! Check it out!!!
Thanks for all the birthday wishes everyone! Pumped to be heading to South Carolina for shows with Gary Allan this weekend!! See y’all out there!
Sorry I missed #WayBackWednesday this week... went to see my buddies Michael Ray & Chris Janson at the Ryman Auditorium tonight!
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