CJ Stranger is rapidly carving out a distinctive place in the Australian music landscape with his unique blend of alt-country and indie rock. His 2020 album ‘Hey Stranger’ received critical acclaim and cemented CJ’s spot as one of Australia’s strongest emerging songwriters. This alter-ego of Blue Mountains guitarist Cameron Henderson demonstrates an unexpected command over lyricism, exploring stream-of-consciousness imagery in songs like ‘Strange One’ contrasted with deep narrative maturity in folk ballad ‘Fool’s Gold’. All delivered with an understated voice backed by expertly crafted arrangements leading to inevitable comparisons with Wilco, Kurt Vile, Paul Kelly and The Church.
CJ’s unrelenting creative output has continued in 2021 with two new singles ‘Hey Stranger (the song)’ and evocative finger-picker: ‘In Your Life’ as well as a string of rockin’ live shows with his impressive four-piece band. No stranger to the stage with his sideman experience in various notable Australian acts leads to an engaging show: one moment drawing you in with a curious, questioning lyric and then the next rocking out harder then most with a wall of fuzz guitar. CJ continues to showcase newly penned songs at shows and promises more new music in 2021.