About

CJ Solar

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 “New Artists You Need To Know” by Rolling Stone Country, Solar says the driving force behind his untimely 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.

As a songwriter, October couldn’t have been a better month for Solar.  October 7th, Jerrod Niemann released his album on Curb Records which included “The Regulars”, a song co-written by Solar.  Jerrod had previously recorded a Solar song, “Blue Bandana” which was released 2 years ago as a single for Niemann.  The following weekend, Morgan Wallen’s new single featuring Florida Georgia line was released, “Up Down” another Solar co-write; followed by releases by two Texas artists at the end of the month, “Damn Good Goodbye” on Mike Ryan’s new album and Kyle Park’s single, “What the Heaven”.  He, also, wrote “Between You & Me” on Justin Moore’s current album.

As an artist, Solar’s debut EP, “Hard One to Turn Down” released on Sea Gayle Records in 2016 received critical acclaim.  Critics at The Daily Country wrote, “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 hoped that [the EP] obtains the recognition it deserves.” The Rowdy found it “exactly what country fans are looking to savor.” And The Shotgun Seat welcomed Hard One to Turn Down as “the perfect pairing of country storytelling and rocking rhythms, married by his dynamic vocals”  and named him 17 to Watch in 17.   While the debut single, “Tallboy” was only released digitally, it garnered about 2 million streams on Spotify and it’s video hit #1 on the fan-voted CMT 12 pack countdown after spending 13 weeks in the countdown.  The followup single, “Just Another Day in the Country” was released to secondary radio and was one of the fastest rising and highest charting debut singles for a independent artist. (#27 MR/#44 BBI).

While touring the country this past year headlining his own shows and opening for such artists as The Cadillac Three, Old Dominion, Hank Williams, Jr., 38 Special, and more…he continued to write and record. 

He has just completed his sophomore EP and the debut single, “Airplane” is ready to take off at country radio!