Interview with The CJ

THE CJ is a singer, artist, and musician from Great Falls, Montana. They have hit the music scene strong with a cover of Christina Perri’s famous song “Human” and most recently with their first original “Don’t Lose Yourself”. “Don’t Lose Yourself” emphasizes the importance of staying authentic and not being concerned with the feelings of others. This is the first of many originals to be rolled-out by THE CJ.

Where are you based?
I am based in Montana but I have intentions of moving elsewhere one day.

How long have you been making music?
I’ve only been making music for a little over a year. But I’ve dreamt of doing it for as long as I can remember.

What genre would you consider your music to be?
I would consider my music to be pop punk of sorts. I’m just kind of doing my thing and figuring out my sound right now.

What inspired you to pursue a career in music?
I’ve always loved to sing and from a young age, I dreamed of being a singer. No one in my family was a musician and I found my passion for music on my own. I just fell in love with it.

What are your biggest musical influences?
I’m very inspired by Paramore and My Chemical Romance. It’s just the kind of music I love and it speaks to me.

Are you signed to a label or are you an independent artist?
I’m not exactly signed but I do have an awesome team of people helping me to achieve the things I’m doing.

What have been the biggest challenges in your music career?
In terms of challenges, getting started was hard for me. My mental health got in the way of a lot of things and I almost gave up on it because I was depressed.

How many songs or albums have you released to date?
I only have 2 songs out now but I have so many more ideas I’m working on.

Can you tell us a few things about your latest release?
My latest release, Don’t Lose Yourself was very inspired by Paramore and it was a ton of fun to record. The music video was an absolute blast as well. The people I worked with were super awesome.

Any plans for new music or upcoming projects we should know about?
I’m not sure what upcoming projects I’m allowed too share, but there is things in the works. Keep an eye on my social media for updates.


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