I love Soundgarden, I love Rage Against the Machine, Simon & Garfunkel.
Writing on the road is a passion of mine.
I love knowing that people are connecting to my lyrics, my music and me.
I like that I stand for something like American Idol which helps musicians and artists get out there. It's important to have shows like Idol because it's so hard to get into the music industry nowadays - nearly impossible.
I like blue a lot, and greens. Earthy blues and greens.
Food in Chicago is the best.
I'm not interested in just putting out one hit.
I'm not the guy that thinks I'm a perfect singer.
I'm the first one to admit, I'm a pretty unorthodox guitar player.
Melodies are important. I always kind of pride myself on my melodies.
Some people take pictures, I write songs.
There are so many good venues in Chicago.
This is America - you're allowed to say and do what you want and what you say and do defines who you are as a person.
When you go through life, when you go through different things, you take risks, you question yourself. I think everybody does, at some point in their life, question themselves.
If youve ever lived in Chicago, anyone who has, they know what a winter in Chicago is like. To be going through a tough time here in the winter would be just be all the more worse.
I'm not here to change the music world, but I'm definitely here to show what I can do and express myself through my music.
I'd love to work with Sufjan Stevens. He so gets it. He's amazing.
I will always appreciate 'American Idol,' and I never forget about where I come from.
I don't like to have really any expectations for myself.
I have a pretty wide range of musical tastes.
I have goals that I want to reach, but you can never plan what's going to happen next.
I know what it's like to be shoveling to pay bills. I know what it's like to not have a job.
I know who I am as an artist. I've always known who I am as an artist.
Doing charity work is always cool. It's always a good thing.
Bagel in the morning is the ultimate breakfast for me; they're just good.
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