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Born Thursday 23 June 1977

Professions: Musician, Songwriter, Writer

Nationality: American

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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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I'm trying to be more of a gentleman.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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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