CJ Solar released his much-anticipated Coming My Way EP last Friday, and today he announced the release of a lyric video for his new “Watered Down Whiskey” single. Produced by Natalie Rhea Productions, the clip debuted on CJ’s YouTube channel and can be viewed here.
American Songwriter Magazine caught up with CJ to talk about the new EP, songwriting, his influences, and releasing new music during the Covid-19 lockdown. The feature reveals the recent heartbreak CJ felt when his first guitar teacher passed away. “The world lost one of the kindest hearts I’ve ever known this past weekend,” Solar said in a Facebook post. “I started taking guitar lessons from Stan when I was about 9 years old and when I got a little older, we played countless duo gigs together all around Baton Rouge. He taught me everything I know about guitar and a lot about life. Gonna miss you a lot Stan.” The feature can be read here.
CJ continues to entertain fans through live streaming concerts from his home in Nashville, and this week includes (all times Central):
Thursday, May 7, 7 p.m. 97.5 WLX/Lawrenceburg, TN Facebook takover
Saturday, May 9, 6 p.m. – “Virtual Full Band Show” CJ’s Facebook & WTGE 100.7 The Tiger/Baton Rouge
Sunday, May 10, 7 p.m. – KITX K95.5/Hugo, OK Facebook takeover
CJ co-wrote all six cuts on Coming My Way, which follows his Get Away With It and Hard One To Turn Down EPs. He co-wrote “Watered Down Whiskey” with Charlie Berry and partnered with Smith Ahnquist, Brent Anderson, Jordan Brooker, Jacob Davis, Bob DiPiero, Mark Fuhrer, Jason Gantt, Michael Hardy, Neil Medley and Jake Mitchell on the other five songs. Check out the new EP HERE.
“Watered Down Whiskey” follows his first Top 10 hit, “Coming My Way,” which also peaked at #31 on the Billboard Indicator Chart. The song deals with being crushed after a breakup and no one new quite measuring up to that last relationship.
A native of Baton Rouge, CJ grew up with Country, Southern rock and Delta blues pumping through his veins. He has shared the stage with the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Chris Janson, Aaron Watson, Gary Allen, 38 Special, Hank Jr. and others. As a songwriter, CJ won a “Songs I Wish I’d Written” trophy from the Nashville Songwriter Awards for co-writing Morgan Wallen’s #1 hit “Up Down,” and Jason Aldean released the CJ co-written “I Don’t Drink Anymore.” He has had cuts by Jerrod Niemann, Justin Moore, Jameson Rodgers and others. Taste of Country named CJ as one of their “5 Country Artists to Watch,” and Rolling Stone Country listed him as one of their “New Artists You Need To Know.”
Coming My Way EP Track Listing:
“Coming My Way” – CJ Solar, Michael Hardy, Jake Mitchell
“Better Memory” – Smith Ahnquist, CJ Solar, Neil Medley
“Wild Hair” – CJ Solar, Jacob Davis, Bob DiPiero, Jason Gantt
“Rain” – CJ Solar, Brent Anderson, Mark Fuhrer
“She’ll Run” – Brent Anderson, Jordan Brooker, CJ Solar
“Watered Down Whiskey” – Charlie Berry, CJ Solar