I wanted to ask you about your Acoustic Sessions EP. You featured a few new songs, “Memories on the Ground,” “Where I’m Going,” and “I Wanna Fall in Love.” How did you decide which songs to strip down and put on the EP?
We had a cellist for the acoustic sessions, so we thought about the songs that might go well with a cello. Definitely “Where I’m Going,” “Memories on the Ground,” and “The Last Song,” of course, were the ones that would be best for that. The ones on the EP are more of the slower tracks that are going to be on the full-length CD. A lot of the ones that you haven’t heard yet are songs that are more pop, even more OneRepublic style, that kind of stuff. I think it turned out really cool. And it’s good to get more music in the hands of people who wanted to hear some more stuff from me and keep them interested and plugged in to what I’m doing.
I really like the Acoustic Sessions EP, and I have to applaud you for keeping your name out there, because there are former contestants that are so talented, but we never hear from them again. I really think you’ve done a great job of staying present.
Thank you. I knew sort of going into American Idol that I needed to make sure that I presented myself as an artist, both on the show and whenever I finished with the show. Luckily, I was already working on my full-length album and had a lot of songs that I had written and arranged that were ready for the public. I think I was in a very good place on American Idol. Honestly, I think I left the show at a very good place, too.
I never had, like, a bad performance, and I never really got railed by the judges or anything, but I sort of had a quiet exit. And yet, I had all the tools to make some good connections and luckily got noticed by someone like Kidd Kraddick. I would say the Kidd Kraddick thing has been a bigger opportunity than American Idol. The people that listen to his show really are music lovers. And, you know, American Idol you have a lot of music fans, but you also have a lot of TV fans, too. I had a really great opportunity to be on Kidd’s show.
Very cool. Alright, one more question: What did you think about the American Idol results this season?
Good question. I thought it was cool. I think Scotty’s really talented. I think he’ll have a great career in country. Part of me wishes that there was a little more variety in the finale, but I think both Lauren and Scotty are very deserving. I think Haley was also very deserving of it. I almost would have liked to have seen her go a bit further and possibly win it. I think she’s very talented. But, you know, there’s so much talent here. Anyone in that Top 3 could have won, and I would have been happy for any of them. It was a great experience, and I’m excited for everyone that was in that group.