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“When the Night Comes”

I called Stokes a few weeks ago and asked if we could meet in the studio to write. It was late at night and I just needed to be creative and release some energy. Going into the session, I was definitely wanting of create more of a ballad. We sat down and wrote just that in a song called “When The Night Comes.”

When Stokes came into the studio he didn’t say anything. He just walked straight over to the piano and began playing this soft yet energetic melody. I loved it. He began singing “When the night comes, it’s when your ghost hits me.” After that everything else just began to fall into place. I love writing those types of songs. The song is written in the perspective of a guy who has lost someone special to him (whether it be a break up or death). We have all experienced that at some point in our lives. It was very crucial for us to write the song in our view by expressing what we had done in these situations. The guy in this song is contradicting the fact that he is being tortured by the memories of a past loved one. He put up a front, but the smiles can only last so long. That is the meaning of the chorus:

When the night comes, it’s when your ghost hits me

I reach out to hold you, but every clutch is empty

And if you ever needed to see, how quickly real men come undone,

Then baby watch me, when the night comes.

 

We had an awesome time recording this song in the studio – check out footage in the video below. Energy is so important to me in all of our music. I’m looking forward to y’all giving it a listen to! – CJ

Making of  ”When the Night Comes”

 

The Alamo Video Shoot

All right so we played at The Alamo in Newnan for the first time a couple weekends ago, and what an awesome place! We had a phenomenal time with y’all. Thank you all for coming out and spending time with us and supporting Chris. I was so happy he and his family were able to attend. One of the favorite parts of my night, is when I looked over to my right and saw Chris and his buddies jumping up and down shouting the lyrics to “ Livin’ and Lovin’ “…that was incredible! At the April 30th show we also recorded footage for the “Heart of a Champion” video! It looks great, and below I’ve attached just a little segment of video we captured Saturday night. Y’all we’re on it ha. The compelling energy everyone had that night definitely showed on camera! This weekend on May 14th, we’ll be at the firehouse shooting some more. I can’t wait for you all to see the final product. Thanks for the continued support for Chris and I. I’m glad everyone is enjoying the music and message!!- CJ

Newnan Nights

It was my first writing session at EMI and with Stokes Nielson.  We walked in and began talking about the CMA’s that were just on the night before. We soon picked up our guitars and started hashing out ideas.  I had always wanted to write a song about the town I was born and raised, Newnan, Georgia. Stokes was the perfect fit to write a song like this with. Both of us grew up in small towns in Georgia, and lived similar lifestyles. The first song we’d write together would be Newnan Nights. We tried our best to paint a picture of what it’s like to grown up in a small town and how important it is to never forget where you’re from. I wanted the song to be very intimate and regional. For me, Newnan is the place that holds so many memories, and the place that in a way has created who I am. I hope all the folks who hear this song, get taken back to that town they call home.

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