"I always felt loved, but I never had matching socks"
You had *seven* siblings growing up. What was that like?
Due to amazing parents, I always felt loved, but I never had matching socks. There were so many single socks floating around the house. Before school each morning, you’d go to the sock bucket, grab two and hope for the best.
Did you put on family talent shows as kids?
A few of them are very musically talented. My dad attemped to make us the Jackson 5; our only problem was that there were too many possible Michaels! If my other siblings kept practicing, they’d be world-class talents. Our family get-togethers are full of singalongs.
When did you realise you wanted to be a musician?
I was teased in middle school. I could usually handle it, but then one punk threw my iPod out the window because I was listening to Lately by Stevie Wonder instead of whatever was trending. That’s when I lost it. And you know what I did? Two weeks later, I stood up at the 7th grade talent show and sang that song. The room stood still. I remember feeling this sensation of flying as I was singing. It was this feeling of using my voice to communicate my heart to crowds above the noise of one bully.
Any stage disasters yet?
I’m always ripping my pants. My love of skinny jeans, [so] my hefty posterior and getting low on stage have made for some awesome pants-ripping occurrences.
Do you get nervous before a gig?
I get more nervous about logistics than the actual show because I am an independent artist. I’m not nervous about audiences, because few people go to shows HOPING you’ll be bad, or not wanting to have a good time. They paid money to have a good drink, impress their date with their musical taste, and get lost in the magic of music.
Right, you get to create a power band with three other musicians – dead or alive – who are you going to choose?
I’d like to be in a soul/funk barbershop quintet with Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Ryan Tedder, and Bruno Mars. We would call ourselves Too Many Tenors and having matching outfits and everything. The only rule is that no artist could sing lead on their own hit songs. A fella can dream, right? And if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my career, it’s to dream big, because it just might happen.
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