We influence singing but never really songwriting.
I think in church you're raised like God is God and you are here.
I have grown in my writing and I care about it now and I know how important it is to write stuff.
The gift of song is just like... I think music is one of those true things in this world that is universal.
I always sang in church always was in a gospel choir and directed choirs and always performed, but I never thought of it as a powerful thing.
You know when I really realized like ""wow"" what a gift this is was when I sang at camp and a girl wrote me a letter and said the song that I sung kept her from committing suicide.
I know at my church a lot of the times we sung from hymn books and as we got older we started to change with time. I can honestly say that I was never influenced to write for the church.
I think there are some songwriters who are just brilliant who can write and then I think there are some songwriters who can like me I have a problem writing chorus lyrics but I can write a song in a story like that.
You can fill this table up with people who are racist, homophobic, Satanist worshippers, sexist and we can be arguing but if you put on a song, I guarantee that people will stop and listen and that's what I love about music, it can bring people together.