Musician, songwriter, entrepreneur and granddude, CJ Ray premiers the official music video for 'Sweet Surrender', his electrifying reimagining of Sarah McLachlan's track, on Louder Than The Music. 'Sweet Surrender' appears on CJ Ray's latest EP 'For Each Other', available everywhere now.
CJ Ray has also has just started hosting a radio program on AM 970 the Answer in New York, which you can check out online.
The singer-songwriter’s latest EP, For Each Other - including the radio single 'Today' currently spinning on Christian format -- was released this summer. Comprised of four original songs and CJ’s reimagining of Sarah McLachlan’s 'Sweet Surrender,' the EP boasts visceral and heartfelt performances by the songwriter and his band and was produced by Paul Fig (Jerry Cantrell/Alice In Chains, Deftones, Coheed and Cambria) and Greg Karas (Andy Grammer). Ray explores themes that include returning to normal life, caring for others, appreciating the past, desiring freedom, newness, and rebirth.
"As a songwriter, lyrics have always been crucial to me and when I hear a song with a powerful message, I just want to be wrapped up in it and become a part of the message," says CJ. "I hope my treatment of her song is received in the same way as I approached its making -- with love, thankfulness and respect."
"I have been writing and working with Greg Karas (Andy Grammer) for the past few years and Greg kept saying, 'CJ you are a rocker so let’s keep these songs rock songs'," says the singer. "The influences on my sound are numerous and there was not a particular sound we were chasing. We just knew we wanted to track the songs live and keep the songs honest. I think the sound of this EP is refreshing if you love live rock."