I was fortunate enough to be raised in a home where everyone was welcome and there was enough love for everyone. We often hosted exchange students from other countries and for both my brother and I, our house was the house that our friends always came to to hang out… or came to eat since my Mom is such a great cook. But one exchange student in particular was very special – a girl from Japan named Saori. Saori and I would stay up late talking about boys, play music together and just really enjoyed each others company. I was sad when she went back to Japan but we always kept in touch.

I wrote Alive last year in 2017 when I hit a very low point. I felt stuck in a rut musically and wasn’t sure what to do with myself. I felt hopeless, like I would never be able to achieve my dreams and didn’t even know where to begin with setting out to try and make those dreams come true.