Tell us about your musical life growing up.
There were two kings in my house growing up: Jesus and Elvis Presley. I can never remember life without music in the background. Although I learned how to play guitar by myself, I learned to love music from my grandfather. He didn’t just listen to music, he felt it. I remember going through his record collection and devouring everything from the likes of Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Little Richard. It was how my grandfather would allow himself to besucked in and consumed by the music so that anything that could possibly be a distraction was completely ignored. I remember him always turning up the music in the car in anticipation for his favorite part of the song, and after the part was over, he would smile or hoot about how good it was. His passion was always evident and I guess contagious because I find myself unhesitatingly taking over the car volume for my favorite part of the song and unashamedly basking in the moment it provides. My Grandfather proved that music wasn’t just a hobby or a past time, it was magic, and I owe my passion for music and anything I’ve accomplished creatively with music to him.
Who is your biggest musical inspiration?
My grandfather. If anyone showed me how to “feel” music, it was him.
What is your dream venue?
In Norah Jones’ living room for a house show.
Are there any instruments you wish you could play?
Where did you first perform?
The Magnolia Cafe in St. Francisville, LA.
What is your most embarrassing musical moment?
I announced to the audience that I was glad to finally get the chance to visit and play in Kansas… I was in Missouri. I found the mistake and made a joke about it… no one laughed or even smiled.
Tell us your go-to shower song.
“Oh My Sweet Carolina” by Ryan Adams
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