CJ Solar Accepts First ASCAP Award

CJ Solar Accepts First ASCAP Award

CJ Solar kicked off the week chatting with numerous radio stations about his "American Girls" single and accepting his first ASCAP Award for co-writing Morgan Wallen's "Up Down" single, and he will wrap up the week performing at the Tiger One Village tailgate event prior to the LSU vs. Rice football game on Saturday.

"I grew up going to LSU football games with my dad," said CJ, a native of Baton Rouge. "Since they started having bands perform at Tiger One Village, I've always wanted to say I got to play at Tiger Stadium. I'm incredibly excited to bring my band down to take in their first LSU game and to play for my fellow LSU fans."

Tiger One Village is the go-to spot with the ultimate pre-game atmosphere and entertainment leading up to the big game. Situated directly outside Tiger Stadium, over 100,000 fans are expected to be in attendance to see LSU (7-2) take on Rice.

CJ joined an elite group of songwriters Monday night, when he was proudly presented an ASCAP Award medallion for co-writing "Up Down."

"Receiving my first ASCAP Award was a huge honor, and I was so happy to share the moment with my publishing home Sea Gayle Music," said CJ. "It was truly a moment I'll never forget and so thankful to be a part of ASCAP."

CJ's "American Girls" single just cracked the Top 40 on the Billboard Indicator Chart and the Top 20 of the Music Row Country Breakout Chart. Massive entertainment site popculture.com premiered the satirical and light-hearted "American Girls" music video, which has also been added at CMT.com.

Solar,who Rolling Stone Country named one of their "New Artists You Need To Know," wrote "American Girls" with Michael Hardy, Jake Mitchell and Michael Hobby of A Thousand Horses.

About CJ Solar: Born and raised in Baton Rouge, CJ was heavily influenced by the soulful music of the region, along with Southern Rock and Country. He signed to Sea Gayle Music shortly after graduating from Belmont University and has had cuts by Jerrod Niemann, Justin Moore and Texas artists Mike Ryan and Kyle Park. He scored his first #1 as a writer, when Morgan Wallen's "Up Down" single featuring Florida Georgia Line, topped both the Billboard and Mediabase charts.

His critically-acclaimed Hard One To Turn Down EP, which The Shotgun Seat called "the perfect pairing of country storytelling and rocking rhythms, married by his dynamic vocals," led to him being named one of their "17 to Watch in 17." When his new Get Away With It EP was released, top country entertainment outlet Taste of Country named CJ as one of their "5 Country Artists to Watch in May 2018."

Photo Credit: Ed Rode

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