If you were to write an intro for “Break of Dawn” before it played on the radio, what would you want listeners to know about the single?

I would want the listeners to know that “Break of Dawn” captures the musical feeling of finding the love of your life.

6 Things You Don’t Know About Me:

My friends would describe me as ___.

My friends would describe me as ambitious, random, and creative.

My favorite subject at school was ___.

My favorite subject at school was theatre arts. It was a place where I felt I was able to express myself and grow in my talents. The achievement I am most proud of is ___.

The achievement I am most proud of is on a personal and physical level, I am proud of losing 70 pounds during an ab Instagram challenge. On a professional level, I am so proud of the music that I’ve been creating, but, more importantly, being able to inspire and connect with individuals within the autism community through my music.

What was the first concert you attended as a teenager?

Bruce Springsteen with Clarence Clemons, right before he died. 

In terms of the overall composition, what is your favorite song and why?

My favorite song is constantly changing. Currently, my favorite song is “Grace” by Jeff Buckley. I love the musicality in his writing and his singing seems so effortless. On top of that, there is no other song like it in my opinion.

What motivates you in your professional life?

What motivates me is remembering where I started and how far I’ve come. I always strive to grow and be better than I was the day before.

Can you share 12 songs that have influenced your life and career?

“Falling Slowly” by Glen Hansard and Marketa Orglova

It is such a beautiful song, but, more importantly, it inspired me to pick up a guitar and learn how to play.

“Being Alive” from the musical Company

Stephen Sondheim truly captured loneliness in denial and longing to find love in a song. He inspires me in my songwriting.

“Anthem” from the musical Chess (David Carroll version)

I believe this song is musical theatre perfection. As an actor, this song influences me in many different aspects of performing. 

“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John

This is such a perfect and timeless song, and whenever I need a reminder of why I continue in my musical career, I turn to this song.

“All My Loving” by The Beatles

I heard another artist friend of mine playing this song before I knew who The Beatles were, and it inspired me to dive into their music. Since then, this band has become a huge inspiration to me, and how I shape my music in several ways.

“Release” by Pearl Jam

In addition to loving Pearl Jam overall, I believe this is one of their best songs. The lyrics are depressing and uplifting at the same time, which is hard to combine simultaneously in lyrics. This is inspiring as a songwriter.

“School of Rock (Teacher’s Pet)” Broadway Cast Recording

I saw the movie when it came out and it completely changed my life, and the song is no exception. It is a burst of fun and is very musical theatre driven.

“Say it to Me Now” by Glen Hansard

It’s short, simple, and filled with raw emotion. This simple yet powerful song holds great influence on my songwriting.

“Louder Than Words | tick, tick… BOOM!” Soundtrack from the Netflix Film

At one point, I tried convincing myself to give up music, but after watching this movie and revisiting this soundtrack, it reminded me of why I do what I do. I make music not only because it completes my life, but because I get the ability to touch other people’s lives as well. This song had such an impact on me that I got these lyrics tattooed on me.

“Old Man” by Neil Young

Neil Young is one of my songwriting heroes and my dad introduced me to him with that song. 

“Love, Reign o’er Me” by The Who

They are one of my favorite bands, and that song took me on a journey that I was not expecting and changed something in me. Overall, it pushed the expectations in my songwriting, and what effect I wanted with my music.

“Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2

The song uplifts me when I listen to it and motivates me to create the same effect in my music.

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