In college, he studied fruit science but ultimately dropped out to pursue music.
He sold merchandise for philanthropic reasons. Proceeds went to both Keeping the Blues Alive and the Wounded Warriors Project.
His father Gene knew he was musically gifted as early as the age of 4. He is originally from Orcutt, California and later resided in Nashville, Tennessee.
He and Spensha Baker were both members of Team Blake on the 14th season of The Voice.