IAA:  What is your music background?

C.J. DEJOUR:  I grew up singing in the church. I started there when I was six years old. I began writing songs at age fourteen, and I got into studio recording about 7 years ago.

IAA:  Why do you want to record and release your own music?

C.J. DEJOUR:  I’m just a regular person who happens to enjoy writing. I explore all of the gifts and talents that I was given. I believe they are here to help me, and to help me help someone else. I thank God for this gift he has given me, for it is therapy. Oh sweet therapy. For my mind, my body, and my spirit. Some people build a bridge and get over it. I write a bridge to get over it. And after the bridge is built, I look back and smile, for I know I shan’t pass that way again.

See, only forward motion propels me to my destiny.

IAA:  What are your songs about?

C.J. DEJOUR:  My songs are in the key of life. I love telling stories. I tell stories of things I’ve been through, things I’ve seen others go through, and sometimes I just make things up. They usually end up focusing on interpersonal relationships and the emotions that come from them—love, jealousy, hurt, and the feeling of being misunderstood. I also write about my relationship with Jesus Christ and the challenges I have faced. I write about how He still loves me even though I’ve fallen so many times. I am grateful. These are real feelings and emotions I think many of us share. Sometimes, if I’m particularly moved by a subject or current event, I will write about it simply to raise awareness.

IAA:  Who is your fan base directed towards?

C.J. DEJOUR:  My music is for anyone who can relate.

IAA:  Who are your musical influences?

C.J. DEJOUR:  I love storytellers. Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Lauryn Hill all inspired me to start writing as I was growing up. They told the most amazing stories. There was so much detail, from the lyrics to the instruments on the track. You could close your eyes and let them paint a picture so vivid you felt like you were there. They mixed real life with imagination, spread love and positivity, and raised social awareness. I love that about each of them. Present day, there are still artists and writers out there doing the same thing. There are too many to name, and I don’t want to leave anyone out, but thank you for sharing your stories with the world.

IAA:  How would you describe your music to people?

C.J. DEJOUR:  My music is a melting pot of sounds and styles. Although the sound often leans toward R&B and Pop, that is not all you will get from me. A lot of times a song will come to me fully formed. I can’t control what it sounds like. I just know it has to come out. At this point, I begin seeking musicians who can help re-create the sounds in my head.

IAA:  What makes you stand out from other artists?

C.J. DEJOUR:  I don’t know if this makes me stand out or not, but I do what I want. I write about what I want. I make it sound how I want. Then I just release it. I let it go. I don’t try to fit in with the current sounds or trends. Whatever comes to me is what’s coming out. Some may say this approach can lead to a dated sound, but I disagree. In my opinion, nothing created from nothing can be dated. It just is. Time is timeless. Who made up these rules anyway? People will always have something to say, positive or negative, about anything you do. Life is too short for me to try and please everyone. It’s impossible.

IAA:  What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?

C.J. DEJOUR:  Currently, I am working on an EP entitled “The Issues Of…” It will contain a variety of songs that express what’s in my heart. In the meantime, new songs will always be uploaded to my website and available for download as they are released.

IAA:  What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

C.J. DEJOUR:  I would love to work with major artists as a writer, but even if that never happens I will still be a writer in my own right. It’s in my blood. In 10 years I see myself still doing what I love. I will be at peace with myself and the rest of the world, and that is my ultimate goal.

IAA:  How can your fans access your music and contact you?

C.J. DEJOUR:  I welcome everyone to listen, download, comment, and interact with me at the following locations:

Twitter: @cjdejour

Website: www.reverbnation.com/cheryljanay

Inquiries: cjthadejour@gmail.com






  1. Ms. C.J. Dejour great article it gives alot of insight about you and your work. I like your sound and maybe we can collab one day. In the meantime keep working hard and pushing forward. Feel free to drop me an email at CeazaMontez@gmail.com. Checkout my article on here by and leave your feedback.


  2. C.J. Dejour you’re talent and music is refreshing. Keep working hard and keep God first. Wish you much success on your journey.

  3. Great to hear from an artist that’s not afraid to be authentic. Writing songs that are relatable are what stirs the soul. Great interview. I will be looking out for your craft!

  4. I must say this is a great article spotlighting amazing talent. Keep making beautiful and inspiring music Ms.CJ Dejour. You have the worlds attention.

  5. I knew the moment I heard you sing that you are blessed with an amazing gift! I’m so glad the rest of the world is able to hear it too. Keep working hard. You have a bright future ahead of you.

  6. So inspiring to see you using your God-given gifts in a positive way!!! I wish you the best of luck although you don’t need it cause you have God on your side!! Be blessed and prosperous, stay Vivacious!

  7. C.J. Keeping shining and using the gifts the Lord blessed you with. You are truly talented and the Lord is using you to be a blessing to others. I can relate to your songs, “I hate you” is so true! All the instruments and choices you make musically match and sound great plus you have a great voice! So excited to see you go far!!!!!!

  8. awesome article. stay grounded with jesus christ like you stated and produce the music that he gives you and everything will fall in place

  9. Awesome article about one of the most talented females I know. I’ve known you for so many years and you still cease to amaze me! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!!

  10. Outstanding article! Keep moving in the direction that God is leading you. You have an amazing gift to share with the world, and I for one can’t wait to see all that is in store. Sky is the limit, be blessed.

  11. Great article! Great to know what motivates you as an artist. You are very talented and with God at the wheel your possibilities are endless. As long as you are happy at the end of the day and doing what you love then you have made it!

  12. I’ve been trying to collab with C.J. for the longest! Hands down one of the best songwriters in Alabama! Very Talented. Great article!

  13. heyyy I’m currently in china and you music in my fav list while I’m traveling. Your music in my summers soundtrack. It would be really nice if you could put up some more tracks, Wish you all the best!

  14. Hey CJ, needless to say that your music and voice are unique!
    I belive you already know that. Your song Love.Is. is the one of my favourites
    and I keep playing it everyday!!!
    C – You are the best!

  15. C.J., jus wanna say that everything in the right place, I mean voice, musik, I like the way it sounds, really makes my mood and I want to thak you for that…I wish all your dreams come true and my dream is to see you live! cheers

  16. i think that CJDEJOUR will inspire the world,i mean she write’s what’s in her heart and what’s on her mind she dosen’t get someone else to write her music like other artist do and what gets to me is when she said she wanna thank GOD most writters really forget who got them there she will be a real and deep artist.

  17. i think this girl has her head on straight , she is being lead in the right direction . she has a gift that god has gave her and she is using it , i like that she just does her own thing and not for a cause and she is not trying to please anyone , so i just say the sky is the limit and you will go far .
    keep your head up !!

  18. my thought on this artical is that she does things how she wants it and i like that.
    Also she said her music doesnt have to be like everyone else and she doesnt have to please people with her music and that totaly right and i like that

  19. I believe the article is outstanding. It makes one realize how music can be uplifting.For her to say,”I write a bridge to get over it. And after the bridge is built I look back and smile, for i shan’t pass that way again. See, only forward motion propels my destiny.” It tells me that she has used music to get to her life goals . Also, it shows that she does not want to move backwards but to continue on her journey in life. Her music is more than words that rhyme. It is music that teaches you life lessons. It tells you stories of her pass endeavors in order to better people through her music. So listening to her music isn’t just something to enjoy , but something to help you in your own journey of life.

  20. I particularly enjoyed this article because C.J. DeJour’s more humble approach to music intrigued me. When asked what her songs were about, she said that they were a representation of her own feelings- more importantly being misunderstand. As a teenager, I always hear my peers talk about their parents, teachers, or even the media just don’t “get” them. What exactly is there to get? I am a fifteen year old girl stuck in an old person’s world. That’s my oh, so very practical outlook on life; that is how I feel. Music defines feeling. This, in essence, is ultimately what Ms. C.J. DeJour is trying to showcase in her work.

  21. I Love that C.J. Dejour was so SURE about her music. I can tell it’s what she enjoys doing and it allows her to be herself. She expresses herself through a way that only music can do. Mind, body, and spirit. To me, that is what music is truly about.

  22. Very original sound, wish you nothing but the best in your career. keep grinding and making great music and your going to be one of the best.

  23. WOW! The gifts are simply amazing! Your voice and tone really make this song come together. Your answers to the questions asked further elaborate on how you known the Lord and that is your foundation. Keep doing what you’re doing, you are going some where.

  24. I’m a fan. I am glad to read about another great woman in God who speaks honestly about her craft. I listened to your music before reading your article due to your twitter profile photo. As a fellow guitarist seeing the guitar excited me. You have a great sound that I hear is still growing and I really like where you are going!! I look forward to watching you grow.

  25. CJ has a voice that is so define and unique, she’s also an amazing song writer and I can’t wait to see her at the next level