They call Nashville a seven year town. That means for most artists and songwriters it usually takes seven years to truly have success in their craft. It takes a lot of patience, hard work, persistence and time in this town. One day everything can feel amazing feel like you’re about to conquer the town. The next day can feel like you want to quit and go back home. It truly is a roller coaster. There are a lot of times I have questioned myself why I am here. Then I start snow balling and compare myself to other people’s journeys, other people’s music, other people’s situations and I can really beat myself up. I am 100 percent positive every artist ever who has left home along with everyone and everything they know has felt this way at some point here. What I am learning is that everyone’s story is different. I am not like any other artist and no other artist is like me. Music chose me and I chose music. I am learning that there is a difference between inspiration and motivation. When you are motivated you do it with an end goal as a result (money, incentives, and things). When you’re inspired you do it because it takes over you. You can’t help but do it. Every time I walk into a writer’s room I am so happy. I really enjoy being creative with my friends. Every time I leave band practice I feel so good. There is nothing like jamming with my boys. Every time I hit the stage and play a show I feel high. The high from fans who appreciate your art. Right now there are millions of people who are living with regrets about not chasing their dream. I am not where I want to be in my career yet. In all honesty even when I am selling out arenas I feel like I will be saying that. I don’t know why they call it a seven year town. In 5 years I have made a lifetime of memories, friends and moments doing something I love doing. I have learned who I am as a person, as an artist, as a songwriter. One day when I am playing a show in Fenway Park or Madison Square Garden I won’t have to look back at my journey and realize how amazing the journey was. I am living it right now and I love it.