You don’t want to be boxed in, and with that said, which songs were the hardest to write for your debut album?
I probably went back and changed ” Not Tonight” the most. It’s one of those songs that every word had to be perfect. And I know the album is called Perfectly Imperfect [laughs] but… I’ll share something with you. On the bridge I say, ‘I’m standing here terrified,” and I was supposed to say “I’m standing here paralyzed/broken hearted I could die.” Little things like that.
Nobody knows that’s a mistake, trust me. Have you begun working on the sophomore album?
I’ve been recently listening to different tracks and playing different stuff on the guitar. I think I really have to wrap my head around what has happened in the past year and a half and figure out what I want to say, because I basically told my whole life story up until the point of my [first] album. And as soon as that album was done, my life took a whole different turn. Now I’m just still getting used to it. It’s about more than sounds—what do I want to say?
What experiences do you definitely want to talk about?
For me, dating is like a really different thing. I have to look at everybody and say, ‘Why are you here?’ It’s kind of messed up, but it’s true. I know what it’s like on the other side. I’m literally meeting people that just completely overlooked me and now they think that they’re just meeting me for the first time.
You’re just like ‘Are you kidding me?’
I don’t want to seem like I’m complaining because I don’t want to put that energy out there.
Aside from some bumps in the road, are you warming up to dating?
Yes, I’m warming up to it. My job is to travel the country, so I don’t have a place every day to see whoever I meet, but I think I’m more open [to dating]. I’m starting to feel more secure just as an artist and where I’m at, and now I think, ‘You might have time for a date.’