I love Soundgarden, I love Rage Against the Machine, Simon & Garfunkel.
I'm not interested in just putting out one hit.
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 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 will always appreciate 'American Idol,' and I never forget about where I come from.
I think I can connect with an audience because I know what it's like to be on the other side of it and I really remember all of that.
I overthink a lot of things.
I love knowing that people are connecting to my lyrics, my music and me.
I know who I am as an artist. I've always known who I am as an artist.
I know what it's like to be shoveling to pay bills. I know what it's like to not have a job.
I have goals that I want to reach, but you can never plan what's going to happen next.
Writing on the road is a passion of mine.
My music comes from my emotion, always.
Bagel in the morning is the ultimate breakfast for me; they're just good.
Doing charity work is always cool. It's always a good thing.
Food in Chicago is the best.
I don't like to have really any expectations for myself.
I have a pretty wide range of musical tastes.
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.
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.
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.
There are so many good venues in Chicago.
Some people take pictures; I write songs.
Melodies are important. I always kind of pride myself on my melodies.
I'm the first one to admit, I'm a pretty unorthodox guitar player.
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