June 24, 2022 – CJ Solar had a packed round of shows in Mississippi and his native Louisiana last weekend, but the sold-out concert at the famed Texas Club in his home town of Baton Rouge held a special place for him. Prior to the appearance, visual artists Jacob Zumo and David “DLo” Losavio presented CJ with a painting celebrating his upcoming album release, The Future’s Neon.
The painting is split into four distinct quadrants, reflecting the retro and current interpretations of Solar’s music. Zumo’s style of the painting in “realism” conjures up the old, while DLo’s colorful pop style connects with the new. A limited edition of 50 prints, signed and numbered by the two artists and CJ, were made available that night and on CJ’s website HERE.
Cousins Zumo and DLo, who attended high school in Baton Rouge with CJ, have distinct styles of artistry but began collaborating on pieces this past year. They are known for painting musicians, sports icons, and legends, including collaborations with Mac Miller, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, and more. Zumo trained in Italy since their last collaboration and has returned home to Baton Rouge where he has opened a gallery displaying his art.
Noted music critic and prominent Billboard journalist Tom Roland was so moved by CJ Solar’s current “All I Can Think About Lately” single, which continues to be his fastest moving single to date, he highlighted CJ and the cut in his popular “Makin’ Tracks” feature. 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. 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.
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.
CJ Solar Tour Dates:
June 24 Hamover, MD Cancun Cantina
June 25 Huntington, WV The Loud
July 2 Ennis, MT Double R
July 3 Bozeman, MT The Ellen Theater
Attached photo: CJ Solar (c.) is presented with a unique The Future’s Neon painting by artists Jacob Zumo (l.) and David “DLo” Losavio (r.) prior to his concert at the Texas Club in Baton Rouge.https://www.countryschatter.com/2022/06/cj-solar-gifted-with-unique-painting-at-baton-rouge-concert/NewsPress ReleaseToursCJ Solar,David “DLo” Losavio,facebook,Jacob Zumo,THE FUTURE'S NEON