Diana and I are in it forever. She’s my best friend.
When I was 6 years old, we were lighting firecrackers in the backyard and started a fire. My brother ran out and was pulling water from the creek and pouring it on the fire with a 7-Eleven Big Gulp cup.
The nice thing about ‘Samson & Delilah’ is that the team behind it are real hustlers – they really want it to happen.
I’m the youngest of five boys.
My first album after ‘American Idol’ I did with Desmond – we paid for it together, and we literally were together working on it every day for a year and half, just writing. We wrote in New York, Nashville, L.A., Sweden – we wrote with some other amazing songwriters like Diane Warren, too.
All I want to do for the rest of my life is be with Diana 24/7. We’re creative people, and we love to work together.
It really helped me as a writer to understand how other writers think.
‘American Idol’ opened up all the doors to where I am now.
The Smith Center is a theater where you want to keep the lights on. The acoustics are amazing, and this is a stage that was built for sound.
It’s amazing being on tour with a group of 50, but when one person gets sick, it goes through the whole company. We take care of each other – we’re well stocked on Mucinex. When everything stays healthy, it’s a joyful experience for everyone.
When you’re on tour, you really don’t get to hang out with and spend the holidays with your family and friends. And there isn’t usually much of a break in between performance dates.