Musical past and present in one rambling run-on sentence?
Started drumming at six years old then I got Jack Johnson’s in between dreams album, listened to it a million times, learned guitar, went to college dropped out of college, moved to Nashville, got on the road, wrote a bunch of bad songs, got a couple good ones, got a pub deal, wrote a bunch more songs, got a management deal, wrote some more songs, got a record deal, more songs… working on recording an autobiographical album with Dave Cobb and I’m super stoked about it.
Tell us about your newest project. What is the inspiration behind it?
This project is completely autobiographical so it’s about my life, my son, my wife, my past. I’m getting to pull from every aspect of my life, it’s been super cool.
You recently made your Grand Ole Opry debut. What did it mean to you stepping into that circle?
Playing the Opry was beyond anything I thought I’d ever get to do in Nashville… I moved here as a drummer with a handful of songs. Stepping in that circle was absolutely surreal; I’ll never forget it.
What is it about music that makes you feel passionate?
Music has the ability to make you feel or not feel every kind of emotion. It’s a universal language that allows all sorts of people to connect. It’s a gift from God and I’m super blessed to get to do it for a living.
Who are your biggest influences outside of music (teacher/family/etc.)?
My wife. She’s always been an independent and confident person but seeing her give birth and be a mother has inspired me more than I could’ve anticipated.
Describe your creative process.
Getting to create music is a spiritual process and the songs are gifts, that being said, sometimes a lyric, melody, or guitar idea will pop up Then I pray and start strumming and have faith that what needs to come out will. Or if it’s a co-write it’s the same process except you get to collaborate with another person.
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
The way songwriters are compensated.
What strengths do you have that make you a great musician/any weakness that you are working on to get there?
I can get pretty obsessive over what I do which I think is a strength and a weakness especially in this industry.
When was that first moment when you realized that music was going to pay off for you?
When I signed my first publishing deal and started getting paid to write songs.
How do you feel that the pandemic has changed your career for the good and bad?
As tough as the pandemic was, it allowed me to dig deep and get really personal with my writing which ended up being a big factor in getting connected with Triple Tigers and signing a record deal. Honestly 2020/2021 were by far the most productive years I’ve experienced in my career so far so I’m thankful for the blessings that came out of such a hard time.
Apart from the essentials name five things you can’t leave home without.
I try to travel light so probably just my guitar, I don’t go too many places without it.