I’ll never forget the people who gave me a chance to open up for them early on in my career. When I was a teenager, my biggest lessons came from Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, George Strait, Rascal Flatts and Brad Paisley. I learned so much from opening up for those artists, and it also taught me how to treat your opening acts and make them feel like they’re part of a family, not just a tour.
“For me, writing songs was something I did to feel better about things like rejection or not feeling included or understood. When you feel those things as a kid, they can flatten you if you don’t know how to articulate them or move through them. So one of the most incredible statements that I hear from people is, I play guitar because you do, or I write because you do.”
Writing my own songs gives me the ability to vent. For some people they like to paint. Others like to shop and buy the cutest pair of shoes, and that’s the art they get to wear on their feet. For me, it’s writing. I love writing about past relationships because it justifies them. If I dated somebody and it didn’t work out and it hurt, and I write a song that goes Top 10 because of it – that relationship was totally worth it, you know? Still, you don’t imagine when you’re writing a song in your living room that it’s going to go out in the world and affect somebody you’ve never met.
"I close my eyes and the flashback starts.”
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There continues to be a bad girl vs. good girl/clean-cut vs. sexy debate, and for as long as those labels exist, I just hope there will be contenders on both sides. Everyone needs someone to relate to.
...but you're in London, and I break down 'cause it's not fair that you're not around.