CJ Hammond

FRESH: ‘Home’ – CJ Hammond

CJ Hammond likes “Home”

US singer CJ Hammond has just released his new single, “Home”, all about how the home is more of a feeling more than a particular place or person. It is a feeling that brings peace and contentment to CJ’s heart. “Home” is the fifth release from the LA based artist in 2020 and follow on from “Yah”. “Home” is tender and dreamy with an unobtrustive beat as the backdrop to CJ’s amazing vocals that just carry away all around you and off into the distance.

Of “Home”, CJ says: “For me, home isn’t necessarily a place, it’s a feeling. It’s a feeling of peace and love in my heart. Home for me is my family, friends, and my faith. To each their own in what it means, it’s a personal interpretation. I hope this song brings you that feeling”.

“Home” was recorded in LA where CJ has been fortunate to work and collaborate with various chart topping, award winning andnominated producers, writers and musicians such as Mark Rodriguez, Arif Elahi, Andrew Joslyn, Steven Felix among others. CJ works with his own band on all of his tracks, which includes composer and producer and NAACP Theater Image Award nominee Mark Rodriguez on keyboards, Chris Vincent and Arif Elahi on guitars, Carl McDowell on bass, Matt Booher on drums and Grammy-Nominated songwriter and producer Andrew Joslyn on Strings.

CJ arrived on the music scene in 2019 with his debut, “Throne” and has delivered a number of songs ever since – check out his version of Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade Of Pale”, done as a jazz/soul number. His first release of 2020 saw him team up with producer Cobe Jones for the song “Jungle” while “One More Time” saw him team up with electro-pop singer Adara.

For more about CJ, check out his WEBSITE and his FACEBOOK page

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!