Alumnus Receives MusicRow’s Independent Artist of the Year Award

CJ Solar pictured in the middle with Curb College songwriting faculty Drew Ramsey and James Elliott.

Belmont alumnus and up-and-coming country music artist, CJ Solar, was recently awarded the Independent Artist of the Year award from MusicRow. The award was presented to him at the 17th annual MusicRow Country Radio Meet & Greet and CountryBreakout Awards ceremony. Solar hit No. 15 on MusicRow’s CountryBreakout chart with his songs “Airplane” and, more recently, “American Girls.”

After winning the award, Solar took part in two days of media and radio interviews at the annual Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. Recently, he opened for Gary Allen as well as headlined his own show in Oklahoma.

Solar graduated from Belmont in 2014 with a degree in songwriting and has seen one of his songs become a No. 1. radio single. He co-wrote the song “Up Down” which featured country music artists Morgan Allen and, fellow Belmont alumni, Florida Georgia Line.