Who I am musically I hope will just keep changing and changing.
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.
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.
Sometimes I'll get a burst when I write lyrics, it usually happens in 20 minutes and I'll write the whole song, and that's really the only way it feels comfortable.
During a big rock show, you can flub a few things and nobody will hear it, because it gets buried under everything else.
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 don't want to sound arrogant or anything, but I just always knew that my career would be playing music.
I feel so blessed, and God has been so good to me.
I have way too many songs that have music but don't have lyrics.
I love all kinds of different music.
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 really enjoy what I do and have been fortunate to pursue basically whatever I'm feeling at the time.
I think it's like everything you do is just a reflection of who you are as an artist.
It's just satisfying for me to be able to write kind of like a finished, nice product.
It seemed at first that everybody was more concerned with my age.
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.
I've literally become comfortable with approaching whatever style of music at any time.
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.
I'm glad I've learned what I've learned when I learned it.
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