Hobbies/Interests Apart from Music:
Braves Baseball, Movies
Last Netflix Binge:
The Office, Stranger Things
Bruce Springsteen, Pete Seeger, Tom Petty, The Band
Very First Musical Purchase:
Kids Acoustic Guitar
If you had only five words to describe your new album, it would be…?
Honest, Childlike, Heartfelt, Rockin’, Intentional
Do you have a favorite song from the new album? Why?
“You Are Loved” was inspired by a childhood friend that died in a tragic car accident. It reminded me of when we were kids and the feelings and emotions that come with growing up. Its a reminder to my kids and all listeners that you are loved and not alone.
What led you to pursue a career or ministry in music?
I started singing and playing music when I was 3-4 years old. I always wanted to be an entertainer and decided very early on that I wantws to make it my job one day. I’ve never really wanted to do anything else.
Do you remember that moment when you realized you wanted to make an actual career out of music?
My first concert was Sharon, Lois & Bram when I was 4. I was never the same.
What are your hopes for the new project?
I hope that families everywhere will adopt this project into their homes and that it helps inspire honest conversation between kids and their grown-ups. Life is beautiful but it isn’t always rainbows and butterflies. I hope this record helps families navigate hard times and also makes you wanna dance in the rain.
If you could potentially tour with any other artist or band (that you haven’t already), who would you choose and why?
I wonder if Bruce Springsteen would ever do a family album/tour?
What was the last song you listened to on your playlist or stereo?
Missed Connection “The Head and The Heart”
If you could tell the world about another artist/band to check out, who would it be?
My favorite band in the world is probably Dawes. One of the best songwriters around.
What has been interesting to you musically lately? Perhaps something new to you in terms of listening habits or influences?
I am a vinyl junkie. On tour, you’ll more likely to find me at a local record shop than anywhere else. I like to go in and finding records that have interesting covers and buying them without listening to them. I almost always find something new and fresh. Sometimes it’s a bust but it’s all a gamble!
Name a song that you wish you’d written (and why).
“Hey Jude” by The Beatles. The post chorus “Na, Na, Na, Nas” is powerful enough to make a grown man cry.
How did you arrive at the name of your new album?
Growing Up is all about the journey. We’re all doing the best we can every day to show love and security to those closest to us. The record is inspired by and written for every member of the family, no matter where you are at in life. Whether you are 2 or 92, life is a process that we are all just trying to figure out.
What can listeners expect in terms of the sound, style and lyrics?
I have always loved music that makes you feel proud of where you came from. Americana has always held a soft spot in my heart and Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty are huge influences for me. I think you can hear their influences throughout the record.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
What was the songwriting process like on this record?
I wrote most of this record while on tour. I kept a small guitar with me wherever I went and I was always ready for melodies and ideas.
Are there any underlying themes or threads that tie this project together?
We’re in this together. You are not alone.
What message do you hope listeners will take away from your music, regardless of what they believe?
We all want to believe in something bigger than ourselves. We are all limited humans who just want to be loved, protected and understood. We were never created to do this alone. I hope people will hear this record and be reminded that we all have a part to play, no matter how old you are, to make the world a better place. With love, I wholeheartedly believe we can turn this world upside down.