CJ Solar was born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA. He moved to Nashville, TN 9 years ago to attend Belmont University and has been there ever since. Just before graduating college, he signed a publishing deal with Sea Gayle Music which is co-owned by Brad Paisley.
As a songwriter, he had his first #1 last year for co-writing, "Up Down" which was recorded by Morgan Wallen and featured Florida Georgia Line. Last month, the song was recognized as one of the 10 "Songs I Wish I'd Written" at the annual NSAI Awards. CJ, also, co-wrote Jerrod Niemann’s Top 30 single “Blue Bandana” and “The Regulars” on Neimann’s latest album as well as “Between You & Me” on Justin Moore’s last album. He also had writing credits on two Texas artists, “Damn Good Goodbye” on Mike Ryan’s new album and Kyle Park’s single, “What the Heaven,” which hit #1 on the Texas regional radio chart. Jameson Rodger’s single, “Some Girls” currently at country radio was also, co-written by Solar and Jason Aldean just released 4 songs from his upcoming album including a track co-written by CJ, "I Don't Drink Anymore"
As an artist, CJ has been named by Rolling Stone Country as one of the "New Artists You Need to Know" and was named “Independent Artist of the Year” at the 17th Annual MusicRow CountryBreakout Awards ceremony in February after having 2 of his own singles, "Airplane" and "American Girls" hit top 15 on the Music Row charts in 2018. He was also nominated this summer for Music Row Breakthrough Artist-Writer of the Year.
CJ has just wrapped up his latest project of 6 new tracks with the debut single, “Coming My Way” delivered to all digital platforms on August 16th and impacting at country radio on Sept. 30th. He recently celebrated his debut at The Grand Ole Opry in September and has been opening shows around the country for Gary Allan, Chris Janson, and Hank Williams Jr. and was excited last year to open some select dates on Lynyrd Skynyrd's Farewell Tour!