How did you connect with your manager Scooter Braun, who also reps Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jepsen?
Scooter came to one of my very first shows in L.A., right after I put out my first viral video, a cover of Frank Ocean's "Thinkin' 'Bout You." He's always dropping nuggets of wisdom, but it's his passion that rubbed off on me the most. It's inspiring. It makes me want to throw my soul to the world.
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You're not shy about your Christianity. How does religion factor into your music?
My faith is a huge part of my life. I don't force it into my music, but it's in my experiences so it comes through. People pick up on what they want to pick up on, but any way strangers connect to a song that I wrote is awesome.
This story originally appeared in the April 11 issue of Billboard.