Cjay isn’t done making moves. The Montserrado native, who is a rising Afro-pop singer, continues to defy critics who think his sudden rise to super-stardom will not last long due to his one-way style of singing.
But that seems not to be the case for the 19-year old as he continues to drop bangers (sweet melodies), which comes with an impassioned lyric that resonates with fans’ demand quality singles.
As one of the finest singer of his generations, the “Boss Chick” crooner broke the record last year for being the second youngest artist whose songs have become a national anthem, topping radio and club charts for more than five months. This is a feat many young artists can only dream of.
This, indeed, makes Cjay an artist who understands his artistic power. It has enabled him to deliver melodies that are powerful and soulful to the ear. In this interview, Cjay talks about his musical career, growth, and other issues.
LIB Life: How do you balance the pressure to grow as an artist and being a young musician who has college to focus on?
Cjay: That’s both the challenge and the fun part of being a young artist. I usually schedule my time to be able to focus on my career and other important activities. It is not easy to multitask every day, but I just have to do it. The good thing here is that I’m capable of writing three or more songs a day, so I’m always prepared for studio time any day.
I know that being a young artist comes with lots of pressure, which I always handle because I was prepared for it before dreaming of being a musician. It is fun and at the same time challenging.
LIB Life: You have achieved remarkable success lately. Your definition of success, how it has evolved since you came into the spotlight?
Cjay: Looking back, my thought about success was narrow. It was about being able to get airplay for a song. Back then, that was my thought about success. But things have changed greatly. Success is how many people’s lives I can impact positively with my music. It is about how many people I can inspire to be a good person and for these reasons, I don’t make profane music.
LIB Life: What value do you think your music brings to the table, and why?
Cjay: Sure, my music brings a lot of value because it challenges the way people think about being in a relationship positively, and not in a negative manner. I have observed that many people have a negative perception of a relationship like it’s all about sex or money. So I do music to change that thought by causing us all to reflect on how we can move our ego out of the way. I open people’s mind to see relationships as a bond of happiness.
LIB Life: What has been your secret to success?
Cjay: (Laughs) My secret is simple. Always make good music that appeals to the ears of the fans. Not just music for a particular age group but music that cuts across all age groups. Music everybody in the society, no matter their financial and moral background, will like. Music that people can relate to. Once your fan base cut across all age groups, you are bound to succeed. This is because if one age group does not like the song, the other will like it and your effort will not go in vain.
LIB Life: You’ve spoken a lot about love—is there any one of the music that relates directly to you?
Cjay: I cannot categorically say yes but something like that. I talk about love because I want to see people happy in a relationship, not sad. I want to see that relationship where there will be no domestic violence, which is possible when love exists.
LIB Life: What is the lesson you have learned to stay on top of your game?
Cjay: I have learned a lot. But most importantly, to let go of pride and be humble. Pride can mess up a lot of relationships and it determines how you will stay in the game. Being humble pays a lot.
LIB Life: Now that your appeal has grown, how do you focus on building your business while staying true to who you are as an artist?
Cjay: That’s easy. I have an incredible team that has my best interests in mind. I can’t do it all by myself. I’m making money off my work because I have a team that makes business decisions. So my focus is just on the music. I trust them to handle the business.