My first album — a mainstream album — had a No. 1 single (“Let's Just Fall in Love Again”) in Singapore, Norway, the Philippines. I got to travel to all these places, and it was really cool, but as I was doing that, I started having a longing for more God in my life and God in my music.
Around this time, I had also been involved in a movement called “I Am Second,” which started here in Dallas. For people who aren't familiar with it, it's a really cool creative way that a lot of celebrities, artists and athletes gather and share their testimony about who God is in their lives. Through that, I started getting a lot of recognition throughout the Christian world and a lot of the Christian stores were wanting to support me and to have my albums in their stores. ... That's how it started. It started in just a real natural way.
It's really been refreshing for me to connect to people of faith. I believe they were a big part of my support on the show. I've always kind of been a go-with-the-flow kind of guy, and it landed me here.
Q: You were raised in the church. Does it seem like you have come full circle?
A: It's always been a big part of my life so it's neat to incorporate it in this way into the music. Music's just neat. I still write for all different applications so it's not like a complete worship album. I like to stay away from the label “Christian album,” because I think people could listen to this album and wouldn't feel like it's all about Jesus but more just hope and joy and just the truths that are found in faith. It is written in such a way that it could be universally heard and enjoyed, and that's my hope. I don't want to alienate anyone with my music.
Q: You've had a change in your life in the last two years with the birth of your daughter. How has that changed things?
A: My wife used to tour with me. Now, it's an effort and kind of a rule that I have to get home every week. It really works out well, because when I'm home, I don't have any commitments while I'm here. I can be all in dad and husband while I'm here.