There is nothing pleasant about being told you’re “not good enough,” especially on television. As much as I wish that I could be that cool guy who doesn’t care about American Idol, the truth is, getting cut definitely stung.Read More
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Chipotle’s burritos are fantastic, but would we all be enjoying them now if it hadn’t been for McDonald’s? This is the core reason why I decided to audition for Idol—I want to make a living as a recording artist.Read More
A lot of people ask me why "Come Back Now" sounds like it was recorded on an cell phone. Well, here's an explanation:
It was important to me to have one song on the album where I couldn't hide behind production, mixing, or Auto Tune. While I think all of those elements are awesome and totally acceptable, I also wanted my listeners to be able to honestly experience what I sound like—no frills, no gimmicks.
So we set up a microphone in my living room and I sat down and played the song. What you hear is a one-take recording with no editing or overdubs. The only thing we added was the simple piano solo.
Is the recording imperfect? Absolutely. Is it a little bit shaky in a few spots? Yes (dang it). Do I wish I sounded a little better? Gosh yes (dang it again). But the bottom line is that it's honest. It's just me and you in my living room.