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(CSC) 1. Thanks for your time! You’ve returned to your roots on your debut country music album “Georgia Clay.” Why and what prompted this career move?
I have always been a storyteller at heart…and there is definitely no better genre for authentic storytelling than country. I started writing songs inspired by my recent life changes and my past, and they just naturally turned out with a more country sound. “Gone Like That” was the first song I wrote that made me consider giving this new format another try. I thought about pitching that song to other artists, but my publisher encouraged me to cut it myself instead.
(CSC) 2. This album captures significant moments in your life; marriage to your lovely wife Katherine Heigel and a new baby girl Naleigh. What do you cherish about these new beginnings and the opportunity to sing about them?
Naturally, my life with my wife and daughter is the most important thing in the world to me. Starting a family is one of the most common but magical experiences. Some of the best memories of your life happen then. As an artist, I try to capture these universal feelings in my songs. I wrote the song “Naleigh Moon” a few weeks after we adopted my little girl. I think it’s the best song I’ve ever written because it was inspired by such real and powerful emotions.
(CSC) 3. Growing up in
Special bond? We’re all just lucky to have made it through childhood together! Kidding aside, it was awesome growing up with John and Charles. We have always been close, and we all loved golf and music and still do. I actually started one of my first bands with Charles, so it’s great being able to share my passion with my family.
(CSC) 4. Compared to your pop/rock career, how does your entrance into country music and
LA is great, and I’ve gotten to spend a lot of time there with my pop career and my wife’s job but there’s just something about the Nashville scene that feels more like home. Growing up in Georgia and spending summers on our farm made me appreciate the smaller-town way of life. Country music goes hand in hand with that…as an artist, you really feel like you can get to know everyone in Nashville, and being friends with so many talented musicians is a big inspiration.
(CSC) 5. Being able to get out there and tour in the country music circuit, how are you finding ways to connect yourself with the fans on a whole new level?
More meet and greets and signings! Anyone who knows the country genre knows that it is a lot more personal than most formats. Country fans are some of the best in the world because they like for their stars to be real, approachable people. Also, I am a big believer in social media, and I enjoy connecting with my fans through online videos and sites like Twitter.
(CSC) 6. What are you looking forward to about your upcoming tour with Lady Antebellum and the opportunity to share this moment with your brother Charles?
Good ol’ sibling rivalry and pranks! Seriously, I am excited to share the stage with such a talented group as Lady Antebellum, and I’m looking forward to getting my music in front of their audience. It’s going to be a blast!
(CSC) 7. Where do you hope to see yourself in the next year musically? What would you like to achieve?
I have gotten to be on some amazing tours this year, playing with people like Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, and Lady Antebellum. I hope I get to continue touring with such inspiring artists and to get to play in front of even more people who love country music.
(CSC) 8. What type of direction do you plan to head towards with the next album and what if any, would you like to improve upon?
I am really proud of Georgia Clay because I was finally able to tell my story and be true to who I am as an artist. I am going to start writing for my next album early next year. I guess I will see where the music leads me then…
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