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.
When I began my career, I was constantly referred to as the kid who could play the blues.
My dad used to play drums in a country band, and my mom is an incredible singer.
My parents had a huge pile of records - vinyl! - that I loved, especially the Motown stuff, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding.
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.
Right now I really enjoy writing songs.
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.
Some of my influences are black gospel artists so I definitely want to do a soul-gospel type thing.
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'm not a fast, stream-of-consciousness lyricist at all - I know some guys who are, and if there is one skill I wish I had, it's that.
Yeah, touring can get rough some times and draining, but I always have to pinch myself and realize that I'm doing what I love.
I think it's like everything you do is just a reflection of who you are as an artist.
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 think my favorite thing is the mystery of life - it makes you feel that much better about accomplishing something.
I think you have to know exactly what you want. Whether you want to be a guitar player or a musician, you have to be really focused on it if you really want to do it.
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