C.J. Cumberland is a singer/songwriter, Artist and Radio Host born and raised in Kentucky. He grew up like many in the south watching Hee Haw and listening to his parents Classic Country LP’s On the family’s console stereo. Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Merle Haggard and George Jones, are just a few of his early influences. By the time he was a teenager he had become hypnotized by Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. At the age of 13 he started playing guitar, at 14 he wrote his first song, and by 16 he was in a rock band playing covers and some of his originals. Like a lot of children his age, his dream was to be a rock star.
In 1992 he and his two small children moved to Salem, Indiana. There, as a single parent, he let go of the dream of being a rock star and focused on raising his children.
In 2000, Cecil and his two children moved to Navarre, FL where he attended the University of West Florida, seeking a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree and indulging his love for painting and sculpting. He was represented by two galleries in the Northwest Florida area and participated in several Public Art Projects including Dolphin Splash in Panama City, Florida and Cow Parade Atlanta in GA. He continued to play his guitar and write original music.
After returning to the Kentucky in 2007, he connected with his future wife, Vanessa. After hearing CJ’s original country songs she encouraged him to go into the studio and record his first EP, entitled Cumberland Country.
In December of 2011, CJ began to produce and host a radio show on WCHQ 100.9 FM Crescent Hill Radio in Louisville, Ky. The show is called Cumberland Country and features the regions finest Country, Bluegrass and Americana music. The show continues to grow in popularity and is one of the most popular shows on Crescent Hill Radio.
In addition to hosting his radio show, CJ promotes several music showcases a year and is active in the local music community. He also performs his own original music, both solo and with his duo “Three Chords and the Truth.”