What’s more Country than Rock, but with an edge? – Nashville Duo CJ Simmons – aka Christian and Jessica Simmons. They mix high voltage Country with Rock and good ole Classic Country. Their high energy live shows are crowd pleasing down home style with a hip blend of musical artistry that has branded and rewarded them with a growing fan base nationally. ?CJ Simmons plan on releasing their first nationally released album in early 2014, featuring the current single “Anywhere That Isn’t Here”, co-written with Kiefer Thompson of Thompson Square. Their video for the song has already received airplay from CMT and other music video outlets. Touring and picking up fans one by one and show by show CJ Simmons has one goal in mind, making the best possible music and have a good time doing it!
Oklahoma born Christian and Texas born Jessica met in Los Angeles while beginning their careers. He was acting in various commercials and television shows. She was working in the fashion industry while ?signed to a California Indie record label. Their love story and musical journey blossomed into a successful partnership and musical following that has produced two successful self- released albums in addition to composing and placing several songs into network TV shows, most notably the theme song for the Daytime Emmy Awards, and most recently one of their songs was featured in an episode of the CW Network hit show “Hart Of Dixie.”
?Christian’s musical influences were rooted originally in Rock. Being born and raised in small town Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, he grew up playing sports, listing to Rock-n-Roll enjoying a typical American upbringing and searching for his calling. Family rooted and grounded he seems to have the old soul syndrome so many talented and genuine songwriters possess. He says “my main influences were Bon Jovi and Garth Brooks, and that’s exactly where our music falls - somewhere in between.” It is his connection with the simple life and down to earth sincerity coupled with a work hard and a dream big work ethic that makes his foundation and promise so strong and bright. Hence, the ingredients for a good singer/songwriter are as natural as the sound of his acoustic guitar and smooth rich vocals.
?Jessica or as fans call her “Miss Jessica” has fond memories listening to Classic Country Music while riding around in her father’s pickup truck. From the time she was a young girl growing up in Texas, she was exposed to a menu of many different styles of music. She and her best friend Jenny would listen to anything they could, and sing along with all day long to her older cousin’s record albums by artists such as Heart and Duran Duran. The Texas native loves Rock, Country and Pop, but the mix of music her father and cousin gave her was a wonderful inspiration and blend of musical genres. Her voice hints of the crooner country blues, but the romp in the pop and rock shine through as she can wrap them all together skillfully while performing. Like her early fashion career interest, music wove a common thread into her future as her career aspiration to sing and entertain was born after coming to Los Angeles and eventually meeting Christian.
?Over the past years CJ Simmons has performed with Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Toby
Keith and Jason Aldean to name a few along with many others including Country Music Icons George Jones, Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn. Highlights of their 200 plus shows last year included major venues such as the House of Blues, Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas and headlining several State fairs across the country. Christian and Jessica have been popular performers at the “Super bowl of Country Music” known as the “Jamboree in the Hills” in Eastern Ohio. With an average audience of over 50,000 in an outdoor arena, this venue helped facilitate CJ Simmons to meeting and gaining many new loyal fans and working alongside other top selling country artists. In addition to appearances at many county music festivals, club dates and casinos, the duo also did two overseas tours in support of the US Military in Iraq, Serbia, Kosovo and Bosnia. Humbled by the service and dedication of our troops Christian and Jessica sent video blogs to fans back home showing them the extreme conditions and difficulties soldiers endure.
?Featured twice in Country Weekly Magazine in their emerging artist profiles, CJ Simmons started locally in the smaller Los Angeles Country Club scene and music venues and grew to nationwide bookings in major venues. Their local fan base has exploded to a national following and is growing more and more with each tour. Based now in Nashville, the couple have put down some roots, but spent less than 2 months at home this past year as the road was home for most of 2012. It looks like 2013 will be another exciting year performing nationwide as they gear up for more touring and added performances.
?CJ Simmons - Zooter Records Nashville. For more information and appearances, please visit ?www.cjsimmons.com.