(Nashville, Tennessee…) – January 24, 2022 – Award-winning artist and songwriter CJ Solar has signed with EMPIRE, it was announced today. His first single on the label is the hard-driving uptempo “The Future’s Neon,” set for release February 11, 2022, and his first full-length album of the same name will be available later this spring. Fans can pre-save/add the single HERE now.
“With EMPIRE continuing our expansion into the country market, we’re excited to partner with hit songwriter and artist CJ Solar on his upcoming artist releases. His album is fantastic, and we’re thrilled to be a part of his story,” said EMPIRE VP, A&R, Publishing Eric Hurt, who joins VP of Marketing Heather Vassar, Product Manager William Dyer, and Nashville Counsel Sarah Beth Gerlecz, in welcoming CJ to the EMPIRE Nashville family.
“Every artist wants to find a label that’s passionate about their music and career, and I’ve definitely found that with everyone at EMPIRE,” said Solar. “I’m as excited about this relationship as I’ve ever been and can’t wait to get this new music out to the world!”
CJ wrote “The Future’s Neon” with fellow Louisiana natives Blake Griffith and Jim McCormick, and he produced the track with Nick Gibbens. He co-wrote all nine cuts on The Future’s Neon album, collaborating with Devin Barker, Kenton Bryant, Bart Butler, Frankie Courtney, Corey Crowder, Jackson Dean, Bob DiPiero, Aaron Eshius, Jeff Garrison, HARDY, Jason Lehning, Lynn Hutton, Joey Hyde, Billy Montana, and Lydia Vaughan on the other eight songs.
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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