"I think everyone from Oregon—I’ve noticed this as I leave—we’re incredibly pretentious about our state. [laughs] So even though I live in Tennessee, I’m always like, ‘In Oregon the salmon is much bigger and the Pinot is way better and the coffee! And everyone is so much smarter.’"
"My artistic goal was to write something that’s one hundred percent real and true to me and to this world. I tried to touch on truths that really connect with people from every avenue of life. Ultimately, when you write from a vantage point of faith, humility and openness to the world around you, people have to respond because those same truths are instilled in them. Honestly, I don’t have any agenda other than being sincere, real, and passionate about these songs and the music I make."
"I grew up listening to Tribe Called Quest, and I was this rough kid who sold pot and graffitied trains with spray paint—I was that kid. When I barely got into college, the one thing I could do was write, so I became an English major. There was this whole poetry side of what I was doing, and it turned into this spoken-word style performance thing. I didn’t start writing music until I was a sophomore in college. I would steal my roommate’s guitar and sit on the front porch and kind of blend this weird spoken word and these little melodies over simple chords; that really started my whole journey as a musician."