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.
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.
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 see a lot of parents now who are really supporting their kids playing 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 love all kinds of different music.
It seemed at first that everybody was more concerned with my age.
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.
I don't want to sound arrogant or anything, but I just always knew that my career would be playing music.
I didn't just want to put something out that I wasn't satisfied with.
I definitely have a firm, fixed idea of what compromise is for me.
I always knew I wanted to be a musician.
I think I've just gotten better at learning how to write a song.
I think in the future I will end up doing a gospel album.
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.
I'm glad I didn't know certain things earlier, because then it wouldn't be any fun.
I wanted to have something that I was proud of and that I knew people would enjoy.
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.
I think my favorite thing is the mystery of life - it makes you feel that much better about accomplishing something.
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