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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
During a big rock show, you can flub a few things and nobody will hear it, because it gets buried under everything else.
I've probably gone a month or two without playing guitar, just because I've gotten so burnt on it touring all year or whatever.
I have an awesome church home and an awesome Pastor down in L.A., and I couldn't be happier.
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.
Apparently, there's this whole set of disgruntled people but obviously it's not my intention to offend anyone by changing the style of music that I've done.
It's just satisfying for me to be able to write kind of like a finished, nice product.
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 see a lot of parents now who are really supporting their kids playing music.
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.
I think it's like everything you do is just a reflection of who you are as an artist.
I think my favorite thing is the mystery of life - it makes you feel that much better about accomplishing something.
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