Question: Who has influenced your personal musical style?
Answer: Queen, James Taylor, Oscar Peterson, Ray Charles, Marshall Hawkins, Frank Sinatra
Question: Who is your favorite male artist and why?
Answer: Freddie Mercury because he sings incredibly, can harmonize, and is a great performer.
Question: Who is your favorite female artist and why?
Answer: Esperanza Spalding because she plays bass, sings, is beautiful and has a stage presence.
Question: What was the first concert you attended?
Answer: Tenacious D
Question: If you could perform in any venue in the world, where would that be? Why?
Answer: Idyllwild Arts Amphitheater
Question: How has music inspired you?
Answer: In a good way, music has become my life.
Question: Do you have any formal singing training?
Answer: Kind of.
Question: What album would your friends be surprised you own?
Answer: Lawrence Welk, Polkas
Question: If you could perform with any person or group, who would it be and why?
Answer: It'd be Wynton Marsalis and professional jazz musicians. Maybe Bobby DeFrancisco. I like jazzy-ness.
Question: What do you do to unwind after a performance?
Answer: Relax and rethink.
Question: Which theme week would be most challenging to you and why?
Answer: Songs of an artist I don't know. It's hard to learn songs just because you have to.
Question: What theme week would you love to have for Season 10?
Answer: Sinatra Week
Question: What’s your dream song to perform?
Answer: Bohemian Rhapsody would be my dream song.
Question: What makes a great performer?
Answer: What makes a great performer is when they have a passion for the music and (if they have eyes) eye contact.
Question: How do you combat stage fright?
Answer: Pretend you're practicing instead of performing.
Question: How do you plan on differentiating yourself in the competition?
Answer: Playing the bass, being funny.
Question: If you could model your career after an artist, who would it be and why?
Answer: Jack Black, being amazing on stage and being able to act.
Question: If you couldn’t sing, what other talent would you most like to have?
Answer: Learning jazz, editing videos, acting.
Question: What has been the most unique job/chore you’ve ever had?
Answer: Film Editor/T.A. for a summer camp
Question: How would you define success in life?
Answer: How happy you are. :)
Question: What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever seen or experienced??
Answer: When I peed my pants in 1st grade during music class.
Question: What’s your proudest moment in life outside of American Idol?
Answer: The proudest moment in my life was performing at my senior recital.
Question: What would people be surprised to learn about you?
Answer: I get very emotional, especially during sad movies.
Question: If you have 24 hours to do anything you wanted, what would you do?
Answer: I'd meet as many musical geniuses/celebs as possible. Maybe chill with the president.
Question: Who is the person that you would most like to meet?
Answer: I'd love to meet Esperanza Spalding.
Question: Do you have a favorite quote, phrase or personal motto / words to live by?
Answer: Be a serious musician, don't be a serious person.
Question: What’s been the most surprising part of the Idol experience so far?
Answer: Liking the other contestants and not being threatened by them.
Question: What have you learned about yourself by going through the Idol audition process?
Answer: I've learned how to perform without being scared.
Question: What are you hoping to get out of your Idol experience?
Answer: I'm hoping to bring jazz back to normalness. I want to show any one from any category can work hard and do what they want.