I love Soundgarden, I love Rage Against the Machine, Simon & Garfunkel.
I will always appreciate 'American Idol,' and I never forget about where I come from.
I'd love to work with Sufjan Stevens. He so gets it. He's amazing.
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'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.
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 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.
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.
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.
I like blue a lot, and greens. Earthy blues and greens.
I love knowing that people are connecting to my lyrics, my music and me.
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