Who I am musically I hope will just keep changing and changing.
If you get raised up having everything you want and then get put out in the world and try to live your own life, you've never had anything to train you how to live.
My dad used to play drums in a country band, and my mom is an incredible singer.
Right, yeah, you know, my favorite thing just globally about music is just hopefully I'm able to be, you know, blessing the people in any way that I can.
Right now I really enjoy writing songs.
My passion is for playing music and although everyone needs a break sometimes just to keep things interesting and fresh, there's no way I would ever give that up.
My parents had a huge pile of records - vinyl! - that I loved, especially the Motown stuff, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding.
Probably my favorite artists to listen to James Taylor, Stevie Wonder - I haven't gone back in a really long time and really listened to them - my first guitar influences. It's been awhile since I revisited that.
It's an honor to win a Grammy, of course.
I've been getting into different gospel artists; Aretha Franklin is someone I've been listening to a lot of.
I think I'm more influenced, just in general, not by blues artists, but more by stuff from Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder. Stevie Wonder is probably my biggest musical influence of all. And Donny Hathaway.
My dad was good friends with the Bad Medicine Blues Band - one of the only blues bands in Fargo, as you can imagine! He took me out to see them play when I was 12 years old and I was really inspired by their guitar player, Ted Larsen.
I have an awesome church home and an awesome Pastor down in L.A., and I couldn't be happier.
I think in the future I will end up doing a gospel album.
I think I've just gotten better at learning how to write a song.
I see a lot of parents now who are really supporting their kids playing music.
I really enjoy what I do and have been fortunate to pursue basically whatever I'm feeling at the time.
I moved from Minnesota out to Los Angeles and I thought I was going to hate it out there, but I really like it.
I love all kinds of different music.
I have way too many songs that have music but don't have lyrics.
I feel so blessed, and God has been so good to me.
It's just satisfying for me to be able to write kind of like a finished, nice product.
I think it's like everything you do is just a reflection of who you are as an artist.
I'm glad I've learned what I've learned when I learned it.
I've been in fortunate position of never really having to battle with my record company to do the things I wanted to do in the studio.
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