Christopher Paul Persaud-Jagdhar (CJ) (born 1967) is a British musician of Guyanese and Seychellois descent. He is a solo artist and also a founding member of the UK rock band The Wildhearts.
He was born in Colchester, and his early childhood was spent living in various military bases in Malaysia and Europe whilst his father and mother served in the British army. The family eventually moved back to the UK during his teens.
CJ was involved with several local bands including Medusa, before achieving his first notable success in the late 1980s as the guitarist for London-based hair rockers Tattooed Love Boys. The band released their debut album Bleeding Hearts and Needle Marks in 1988 before splitting up shortly afterwards.
In 1989 CJ formed The Wildhearts with ex-The Quireboys guitarist Ginger (David Walls). Despite being plagued by widely reported drug and alcohol problems, the band enjoyed considerable mainstream success during the early 90s, including 2 UK top 20 hits.In 1994, at their commercial peak, CJ was unexpectedly kicked out during the recording of the P.H.U.Q. album due to personal differences between himself and Ginger.
CJ joined former Grip frontman Willie Dowling to form Honeycrack in 1995 who were signed to Epic Records. The band released one album Prozaic in 1996 which charted at number 34 in the UK charts Honeycrack toured with the likes of Alanis Morissette, Weezerand Skunk Anansie throughout 1995 and 1996 as well as appearances at the Phoenix Festival and T in The Park The band broke away from Epic in late 1996 and eventually disbanded.
In 1998 CJ formed The Jellys with ex-Wildhearts drummer Stidi and former Wolfsbane bass player Jeff Hately. They released two studio albums and one live album between 1998 and 2001.
Return to The Wildhearts:
The Jellys disbanded when CJ and Stidi both re-joined The Wildhearts in 2001 and recorded The Wildhearts Must Be Destroyed album. CJ would remain a permanent fixture in the band recording the eponymous album The Wildhearts in 2007 and Chutzpah! in 2009.
CJ released his first solo album Thirteen in 2007 under the moniker "CJ & The Satellites". The album was supported with live dates in the UK and China but were quickly put on hiatus due to The reformation of The Wildhearts. The album was reissued on CD and vinyl in 2014.
On January 31st 2014 CJ announced the preorder for his first solo album in 7 years, which was initially available through the Pledgemusic platform The album was named after his favourite chicken.
Achieving 377% of his initial target the album was commercially released on August 4th 2014 peaking at number 23in the UK album chart and debuting at Number 2 in the Official UK Rock Chartand Number 2 in Independent Album Breakers Chart, his highest chart positions as a solo artist.
Reviews were very positive across the board with The Sun newspaper commenting "CJ Unleashes a scorching summer rock treat" and awarding it 4/5. Uber Rock commented "Not many albums will touch 'Mable' this year" 'Mable' scored highly in end of year poll lists including Number 2 in Pure Rawk Album of the year List, Number 6 in the Uber Rock Album of the year list, and Number 1 in the Rock 'n' Roll Geek Show album of the year list
On the 6th March 2015 Mable received the "Album of The Year" award at the Pure Rawk Awards held in London
CJ appeared on Ginger Wildhearts 555% triple album in 2012. He recorded vocals and guitars on the tracks "Silence", "Deep In The Arms Of Morpheus" and "Baby Skies"
CJ appeared at Ginger Wildhearts birthday gigs in December 2011, 2012and 2013(the latter two both with The Wildhearts).
In 2014 CJ created a line of hot sauce called "Devilspit"
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