Prominent Billboard journalist and noted music critic Tom Roland was so moved by CJ Solar’s new “All I Can Think About Lately” single, he highlighted CJ and the cut in his popular “Makin’ Tracks” feature last week. The lengthy story breaks down the song, which CJ wrote with Joey Hyde and Aaron Eshuis seven years ago, to lines, words, melody and even specific letters and can be read HERE.
The feature opens with Roland defining “earworm” from dictionary.com and then writing:
“Which makes C.J. Solar’s new single, “All I Can Think About Lately,” a sort of self-defining earworm. The chorus’ hook — which benefits specifically from the way the word “lately” sits within the line’s sonic tension and release — is so overwhelmingly sticky that it can indeed become all the listener can think about for hours on end, to the point that the earworm becomes a mild addiction.”
Roland also highlighted CJ in another recent feature in the weekly Billboard Country Update (May 9, 2022) entitled “Country Grit: Males With Sandpaper Voices Redefine The Sound And Balance Of The Genre.” In it, he emphasizes “a wave of new rough-edged male singers, bringing additional grit to the (country) format.”
As an artist, CJ has released three EPs yielding the Top 15 hits “American Girls” and “Airplane” and the Top 10 “Coming My Way” and garnered over five million overall streams. He received the MusicRow Independent Artist of the Year Award in 2019. He tours coast-to-coast headlining his own dates and opening for the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, 38 Special, Gary Allan, Chris Janson, Hank Jr, Aaron Watson and others.
CJ recently signed an exclusive writing agreement with Edgehill Music Publishing in Nashville. A native of Baton Rouge and Belmont University graduate, Solar has penned #1 singles for Morgan Wallen (“Up Down” featuring Florida Georgia Line) and Jameson Rodgers (“Some Girls”). He won ASCAP Awards for both songs and also co-wrote Jason Aldean’s “I Don’t Drink Anymore,” Justin Moore’s “Between You & Me,” Jerrod Niemann’s “The Regulars” and Top 30 “Blue Bandana” and more.
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