With family deeply rooted in country music, C.J. was exposed to the sound of steel guitar solos and deep country vocals from the time he was born. It was only natural that he would one day find himself following what he had always known. Ever since he could remember he would look to his father ( Clinton Garton Sr. ) mentoring his Merle Haggard stylings and southern rock guitar licks. As his inspiration grew with age so did his talents. His first exposure to media was at the young age of eleven months where he was pictured strumming a guitar and singing before his family’s appearance at the Western Heritage Country music Show.
C.J. began writing songs at age twelve and through his teenage years developed his vocal stylings reminiscent of his father and Keith Whitley. On the ranch he was always singing while working cattle, bailing hay, or just hanging out fishing. Wherever he was music was with him . After graduating high school he loaded up, grabbed his guitar and hit the road doing odd jobs traveling with his father while writing songs and performing anywhere he could. From competing in festivals and events such as, Mannfords Striped Bass Festival to playing benefits and honky-tonks wherever they were.
Eventually C.J.’s draw to Nashville would win over but in February of 2002, only 3 months before C.J. and his dad planned to move, his father passed away unexpectedly. Afterwards C.J. decided to stay close to home and family for several months and help out on the ranch while keeping a promise to himself and his father to pursue his lifelong ambition. With 300 dollars, an old washburn guitar, and a promise, C.J. set off for Nashville Tennessee.
In July of 2002 C.J. Garton arrived on Nashville’s front steps for the first time in his life. “I had no place to go and didn’t know a soul but I knew I was right where I belonged. It was hard those first few months I was living place to place and working at tidewater saloon part time while at night playing writers nights and shows around town.” But with C.J.’s strong stage presence, captivating deep vocal, and vivid country lyrics he began wowing crowds and gaining fans in no time. His devotion and commitment to sing what he feels and feel what he sings has given him an original sound that can only be described as outlaw country. A refreshing jolt of Hank jr. with a lingering lonesome tone of Keith Whitley. C.J. Garton is simply a vocal talent country music can’t live without.
C.J. is currently recording his debut album Just Another Outlaw in which he wrote all eleven songs and is preparing for his upcoming tour. C.J. is an accomplished writer and publisher with several artist cuts including Runned Off recorded by Johnny Cash’s own Tennessee Three and various others. He has shared the stage with many accredited musicans and has played for crowds by the thousands. His rock-star look has landed him numerous modeling jobs and 4 music video appearances as well as rendering listeners speechless to his surprisingly rich vocal stylings. When you think of great country artists like Merle Haggard, George Strait, and Alan Jackson, get ready to add one more to the list.