Growing up, what music were you listening to, what helped shape you as a songwriter?
I listened to pretty much everything. I love 90’s country and that had the biggest impact on me, but I also loved grunge bands like Soul Asylum and Nirvana. I also grew up listening to a lot of classic rock.
Your new single 'Colorado' is out now. What was the songwriting process for the song?
I started with the chorus for “Colorado.” It wasn’t until I had the chorus completed that I started thinking about Dan & Shay’s “Tequila” and the references. I think subconsciously I have always wanted to know what happened to the couple outlined in Dan & Shay’s song. You get the guy’s memories, but what caused the relationship to ultimately fail? So I wanted to write my own story of what happened.
Does it have an overall theme or message?
Love and loss. I wanted the song to have threads of “Tequila” without being obvious.
Which other artists or bands are you listening to right now?
I have a lot of friends that are putting out new music, so I have been listening to them. Also, Christmas music…I am a Worship Pastor and also doing a lot of holiday shows right now, so I’m in holiday land.
What is the most exciting thing about releasing new music?
For me, it is the chance to maybe reach a new listener and also explore another side to my music. I want each release and production to be better than the last. I want to always be improving and growing with this.
We understand that you have a project coming in 2024 - what can you tell us about that?
I wanted to revisit 90’s country. The storytelling…the emphasis on the vocal…the nostalgia of all of it is what I want with this project. 90’s country is what made me fall in love with songwriting and singing. I stood in my room for hours crying along with Faith Hill, Martina McBride and others. There was an emphasis back then on the art of the song…not just creating a 3 minute gimmick to sell records.