I’ve been dreaming of this since I wrote my first song when I was like 12,” said an elated Solar of “Up Down,” his first #1 Country single as a writer. “I can’t thank Morgan, FGL and the whole Big Loud crew for taking it all the way to the top and to the Country fans for helping make it happen!”
Solar, who Rolling Stone Country named one of their “New Artists You Need To Know,” wrote “American Girls” with Michael Hardy, Jake Mitchell and Michael Hobby of A Thousand Horses. “We were wanting to write something that felt current but still had that Southern Rock vibe that we grew up on,” said CJ. “I had been listening to the Tom Petty station on SiriusXM and got the idea to write a modern day song about American girls.”
CJ will have another dream come true, when he and his band head to Raleigh on Friday and Charlotte on Saturday to open for Lynyrd Skynyrd. 38 Special is on both bills, and Cheap Trick and Hank Williams, Jr. split the Raleigh and Charlotte shows, respectively.
I can’t believe everything that’s going on right now. This might be the best week of my life, and I feel like we’re just getting started!”
Born and raised in Baton Rouge, CJ was heavily influenced by Cajun music of the region, along with Southern Rock and Country. He signed to Sea Gayle Music shortly after graduating from Belmont University and has had cuts by Jerrod Niemann, Justin Moore and Texas artists Mike Ryan and Kyle Park. He scored his first #1 as a writer, when Park’s “What the Heaven” single topped the Texas Music chart.
His critically-acclaimed “Hard One To Turn Down” EP, which The Shotgun Seat called “the perfect pairing of country storytelling and rocking rhythms, married by his dynamic vocals,” led to him being named one of their “17 to Watch in 17.” When his new Get Away With It EP was released, top country entertainment outlet Taste of Country named CJ as one of their “5 Country Artists to Watch in May 2018.”