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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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Them empty skreets make it easy to isolate on the ole hog 😂
Live tomorrow on Facebook Live with The Boot on their page! Follow them and tune in for noon!
I know you’re gonna be home tonight, might as well tune in 😉
You can hear me talk music and hunting on the latest episode of Country Outdoors Podcast with Mary & Mitch!
Sounds like home lol
So excited to have my first top 10 at country radio with “Coming My Way”! Thanks to all the stations who supported it! Can’t wait to keep building on this!!
Just realized what I was wearing... lol what’s your favorite made up football team?!
Enjoying a little sunshine with Nick doing a little shooting today!
Say a prayer for Nashville today. Lots of destruction from the tornadoes last night... me and the guys are all fine and didn’t have any damage but so many weren’t as lucky...
I think this is the screw selfies I want dinner face 🤣
We had a blast! Thanks, Country Aircheck for shout out! ✌️ Life Of The Mardi: Sea Gayle Music CJ Solar (in hat) with 100.7 The Tiger WTGE/Baton Rouge, LA's Chris Elliott and James Gilmore and Elliott's wife Lorrie (l-r).
My band of brothers.....Couldn't do it without ya'll!
Well... now that we've had a moment to collect ourselves... WOW. What a night!! Ole Red Nashville
Happy Mardi Gras y’all! See you tonight at Ole Red Nashville!!
Fill In The Blank: I can’t wait to hear CJ play____at concerts this year 🎶 #updown #tallboy #ComingMyWay
We’re itching to bring the Mardi Gras party to Ole Red Nashville with our girls Sweet Tea Trio on Tuesday! Who’s coming?!
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Tuesday March 31st, 2020

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Them empty skreets make it easy to isolate on the ole hog 😂

Tuesday March 31st, 2020

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Monday March 30th, 2020

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Live tomorrow on Facebook Live with The Boot on their page! Follow them and tune in for noon!

Sunday March 29th, 2020

CJ, this ol' badboy would be great to cover......this video is awesome too with the intro and all!

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Friday March 27th, 2020

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Thursday March 26th, 2020

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Wednesday March 25th, 2020

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Wednesday March 25th, 2020

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I know you’re gonna be home tonight, might as well tune in 😉

Tuesday March 24th, 2020

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Tuesday March 24th, 2020

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