Even though your Atlantic release serves as your grand debut, you have put more than a decade worth of time, energy and effort into your career.
Pretty much, yes! [laughing]
In what ways do you think you have grown the most, in terms of your performance, or maybe even your songwriting? Along the way, what is the biggest lesson that you have learned either about yourself or the way that the music business operates?
Well, it's definitely never an overnight success for anyone because the dream starts early on and there's a lot of hard work that has to go into it. Along the way, I've just learned perseverance, stick-to-itiveness, never giving up, and really focusing on constantly doing it over and over again. You can never sing a song too many times.
There's always going to be someone new listening, hopefully, and you never know who's listening. That person could gather an amazing experience just hearing a few words in your song, as I do when I go hear other artists perform. I just learned to continue following my dreams and to never give up. A lot of my friends have left Los Angeles. They said: "This is too much. I don't want to do it anymore. I want to follow my dreams, but maybe this is just not the right time." But I feel that those of us that can have laser-focus on our dreams, knowing that if we pound on that door long enough, eventually it's going to follow through. So I've learned that I have to keep pushing, I have to keep performing, keep writing songs.
It doesn't matter if I'm writing songs that I think are not going to be a hit song. It doesn't matter because it's still the song. You never know if someone will enjoy it or where it may end up on its own. So I'm always creating, and I've learned that I have to continue to always create, always perform, always be available and consider what's happening in people's personal lives. That's a big part of the art and creative connection that you want to have with people.
I kind of look at myself and the situations I'm going through, and realize that we're all here, we're all humans, and we're all going through the same thing. It kind of relates, and so I'm happy about that, and I've definitely learned that.
One thing that we can all relate to is the ups-and-downs of love. Some of us are better at it than others, in terms of how we foster and nurture our personal relationships. But I am very interested to learn about the origins of your first single, “Love Love Love,” which features Jason Mraz.