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Born: 1977-06-23
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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Songs always get better after you start playing them live.

Tags: After, Playing, Start

We want people to see us live before we continue on and call ourselves recording artists.

Tags: Artists, Call, Ourselves

When I sit down to write a song, I really want the message of healing to thrive and transcend all ages.

Tags: Healing, Song, Write

A rescue mission doesn't involve going in and just taking a child and leaving. You can't just choose any child at random. Every kid has a case that is based on that child's original family. So, we made it over to a village, found the child; we were interacting with the child.

Tags: Child, Family, Leaving

I'm not a virtuoso on an instrument. You know, I'm not always singing in pitch. I laugh sometimes my way through the shows, but I'm an honest songwriter who's always tried to bring the audience with me on my journey in hopes that they see their own lives reflected in the work.

Tags: Laugh, Sometimes, Work

There's a certain feeling of giving, a certain feeling of generosity in love songs. When you sing a song of love, you're actually giving something to yourself, too. You're singing and casting these affirmations of love out into the universe.

Tags: Feeling, Love, Yourself

Well, for me, what I've learned at the very end of this, love is sharing, and I think that really is, for me, the best place to go to experience love, is sharing.

Tags: Best, Experience, Love

A lot of those ideal towns are all starting to look the same, the specifics are starting to disappear. So we need to retain a love for life, a love for one's family, a love for where one's really from.

Tags: Family, Life, Love

And if you're singing to someone, or if they're singing along, and suddenly you're in harmony, then it's actually making a huge difference on a subatomic level that is actually transforming the world.

Tags: Actually, Making, Someone

But my strength was in singing and songwriting, which was a new discovery for me when I was 18. And I decided if I pursued songwriting, which is what was closest to my heart, then there would be no competition. I would just live my life being myself and living my dream.

Tags: Heart, Life, Strength

But that guitar is the perfect companion to the human voice. You rest it against your gut, against your heart, and when you strum it the vibrations go outwards for all to hear, but the vibration also hits you on your body.

Tags: Heart, Human, Perfect

I always think of the live show first, where the song is gonna go in the show. That's why they aren't sad songs. When I play, I want to make people happy, not sad. It's such a pleasure for me to do what I do, and I want other people to feel some form of that pleasure, too.

Tags: Happy, Sad, Why

I basically had the idea when I was 18 that I wanted to write my own songs. I knew it was going to be a long, tough road, and I was like, if I just begin now, by the time I'm 40, I'll be good at it.

Tags: Good, Time, Tough

I call it sacred geometry. When everything's just right and it feels really balanced, so that when it unfolds to the next part, you feel totally familiar and at ease within the song.

Tags: Next, Song, Within

I didn't know if I had the music for it or if I could pull off the larger concert experience. Then I realized if I can just continue to be myself, I'll be all right.

Tags: Experience, Music, Off

I listened to the radio, so I was influenced by everyone from Michael Jackson to Milli Vanilli. But thankfully my dad had a collection of Cat Stevens albums while my mom was listening to jazz.

Tags: Dad, Everyone, Mom

I think especially with the Internet and the amount of reality shows that are going on, there's no way to keep a secret anymore, so I try to let my project be as much as reality show as I can allow it to be.

Tags: Keep, Reality, Try

I'm actually no longer a strict vegan. I don't hang out in the cheese section - I don't even eat cheese. I don't drink milk. But every once in a while I'll have an egg. I'm going to eat eggs that come out of my next-door neighbor's farm, that's just the way it is.

Tags: Actually, Once, While

In my relationship, I was giving myself away to make the relationship better, but in actuality, wasn't doing better by doing that. I became less of a man.

Tags: Away, Giving, Less

It was a very bizarre experience for me, to get the songs together, go in there, and try to deliver them as I would perhaps in a live setting. But I realized that I couldn't take on that coffeehouse style that I came from and go in there and burn it up.

Tags: Experience, Together, Try

It's easier to write from my own life, and it's also more fun. I always write about relationships, for instance, whether they're romantic relationships, friendships, encounters... there's always a lesson to be learned from them.

Tags: Fun, Life, Romantic

Our shows are packed with laughter and light-hearted songs to lift the listener from their everyday life. We encourage the audience to participate in any way.

Tags: Everyday, Laughter, Life

Sometimes you forget where the heck you are but when you get on stage, you know by the look on the people's faces and the accent in their voices where you might be.

Tags: Forget, Might, Sometimes

The easiest songs to write are pure fiction. There is no limit to how you can tell the story. I find it difficult when I'm replaying an event through a song.

Tags: Difficult, Tell, Write

Traveling has a major impact on what I do, cause all over the world I'm meeting all kinds of people. And relationships is the second major impact that I have. I just enjoy the variety that the world has to offer.

Tags: Cause, Enjoy, Second

Well, my view before was a Western view, and I certainly understand marriage equality and civil rights, equal rights for all, but having visited developing nations and some of the poorest nations in the world, I realize how deep it goes and how much work really needs to be done to create equality for all.

Tags: Equality, Marriage, Work
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What I'd love to do is work with kids in the U.S. to raise their awareness and encourage them to be global citizens. We're all connected these days; we can listen to the same music as kids all around the world and share our ideas.

Tags: Love, Music, Work

When I was in high school, The Dave Matthews Band was a local band, and that was the first time I was starting to connect with a live band that was something that wasn't on the radio or TV.

Tags: High, School, Time

You know, there's still a lot of great songwriters out there who hand in songs. And there's a lot of brilliant singers and performers out there who sing other people's words. I enjoy doing both.

Tags: Enjoy, Great, Words

If you have nothing but love for your avocados, and you take joy in turning them into guacamole, all you need is someone to share it with.

Tags: Joy, Love, Someone

Surrender to life itself and you'll just be rewarded with so many things. And I've been rewarded so many times, in so many mysterious ways. So I have no reason to be disappointed with anything.

Tags: Life, Reason, Times

Careers can disappear just as quickly as they're made, so I'm in no hurry.

Tags: Careers, Disappear, Hurry

My goal is to show everyone that they, too, can do what they love to do.

Tags: Everyone, Goal, Love

You come to realize that only one person can tell you what's expected of you, and that's you.

Tags: Expected, Realize, Tell

I'm totally into new age and self-help books. I used to work in a bookstore and that's the section they gave me, and I got way into it. I just loved the power of positive thinking, letting yourself go.

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Music was always the distraction, so it was the obvious choice to pursue. My dad always said to find a job I love to do, that way it wouldn't feel like a job. So I did that.

Tags: Dad, Love, Music

Well, I've been happily supporting myself for ten years now on the hustle and trade of live entertainment. I guess my breakthrough moment was when I decided to go for it once and for all.

Tags: Hustle, Moment, Once

As an American citizen, one has to vote.

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Everything in life influences my music. I've always used songwriting as a means to share what I think is profound.

Tags: Life, Music, Used

Genre-spanning is the effort to make the live show interesting. It's also a great way to challenge yourself as a writer.

Tags: Challenge, Great, Yourself

Getting on stage is a bonus, that's my therapy, that's when I can tell stories and it all makes sense.

Tags: Makes, Sense, Tell

I buy records from all across the board. I get kind of a hybrid of influences in my own music.

Tags: Board, Music, Records

I came from Mechanicsville, Virginia, where you have four seasons.

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I do feel most at home playing live, but the feeling of getting into the studio to see the new songs take shape was really incredible.

Tags: Feeling, Getting, Home

I think anyone who uses the web is smart and will profit.

Tags: Anyone, Profit, Smart

I want to be surrounded by women, I want to be snuggled and cuddled and pampered.

Tags: Pampered, Surrounded, Women

I'm trying to be more of a gentleman.

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If I'm in a relationship, that girl gets showered with letters from the road. I pour my heart into it.

Tags: Girl, Heart, Road

In the words of Michael Jackson: I'm a lover, not a fighter.

Tags: Fighter, Lover, Words

Music is a weapon in the war against unhappiness.

Tags: Against, Music, War

Musicians are so well covered in the press, it would be great to see more outspoken practitioners of green life.

Tags: Great, Life, Musicians

My parents dreaded the fact that I was changing my life to do this, but I just kept doing it.

Tags: Fact, Life, Parents

My parents were always very supportive and accepting. They even shared my curiosity for life, or perhaps I theirs.

Tags: Curiosity, Life, Parents

New York City has the most beautiful women.

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Family and God - that is what's important. Money, cars, those are things that come and go.

Tags: Family, God, Money

For me there is no such word as 'luck' in the dictionary.

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I am walking proof of the power of prayer.

Tags: Power, Prayer, Walking

I don't particularly get nervous about anything.

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I'm a very competitive person.

Tags: Dream, Football, Playing

There's more to life than football, right?

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You don't appreciate life until you get to the other side. Like lying in a hospital bed.

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