Mixing Rock n’ Roll with Outlaw Country and American Roots, AJ Croix writes songs that speak of rebellion, salvation and the optimism that could only come from one’s true-life experiences. His upcoming solo debut album American Idols was produced and mixed by Malcolm Burn (Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan) and is slated for release on April 29 through Creative Entertainment Network (CEN)/RED Distribution.
“AJ is the real deal. A true spirited singer/songwriter with plenty of guts and connection to the muse” – says producer Malcolm Burn. The CEN principals added, “We’re excited to be working with AJ Croix on the release of his new album American Idols, it’s great record and AJ is a welcome addition to the CEN/RED roster.”
Based in Northern NJ, AJ’s rich voice, rootsy style of guitar playing and heartfelt emotion come alive on the new album as he tells the story of one searching for redemption in “Bring Me Home.” “Please bring me home. Sleeping beside myself once again, In a motel alone where this all began. You weren’t the first but you might be the last, If you’re gonna save me you’d better come fast” or the plea’s of a man that feels he’s rusting away of “Train of Sorrow.” “This Train of sorrow…is coming down the line. That black train of sorrow …is coming down the line. Choking on the coal. Wash it down with wine,” to the title track that speaks to the baseless worship of celebrity in our society, “Kind eyes and a big bright smile, choose a face that fits your style. Love and hate are going viral. We love our American Idols.”
American Idols sound is directly related to its content; filled with lyrically driven stories that speak directly to the listener, tinged with emotion, it comforts while eliciting chills. “Music stirs my emotions. The emotions inspire me to make music. It’s really a vicious circle. I write what I feel and play what I can,” explains Croix.
When it comes to today’s outlaw artists and storytellers not many have the experience to honestly deliver the goods. AJ Croix on the other hand is no stranger to the road and true life experiences that fuel his songwriting. Growing up listening to and influenced by artists like Bob Dylan, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, A.J spent years evolving as a musician and turning on audiences near and far as the frontman and driving force in the AJC Band. Now he has emerged, not entirely unscathed as a serious songwriter.
Album pre-order begins on April 1.