We caught up with musician Conner Ball following the release of his superb single ‘Hold On For Me’. Read the full interview below and our review of the single can be found here.
How did you first get into music?
I got my first guitar when I was ten years old, and I gained a foundation in playing the guitar with my cousin and uncle. I’ve been playing the guitar every day since, and it’s one of my favourite things to do.
It wasn’t until my sophomore year of high school that I learned I could sing. My friends convinced me to join the high school show choir – something I never thought I had in me.
When I tried out, our director wanted me to try singing, and after I did, she immediately encouraged me and challenged me to keep singing. I don’t know that I would have ever tried singing without her push, and I’m so thankful for that.
What is the first song that captured your attention as a youngster?
‘Eleanor Rigby’ by The Beatles. Dad and I listened to that song every time we were in the car together.
Who influenced your latest release?
Musically, John Mayer and Ed Sheeran are my biggest role models, and all of my songs contain elements of guitar and vocals that I learned from them. Lyrically, my latest releases are about my wife.
What motivates you to make music?
I just love it. I can’t sit in a room close to a guitar without picking it up and messing around, and that’s when new songs come to me. However, I also realize that I’ve been blessed with a gift in music, and I’d love to share that with others.
If you could open for any artist/band who would it be?
What’s your favourite venue to play?
The Lyric in Oxford, MS
What are your other passions aside from music?
Faith, family, friends, and medical school.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I’d like to see even more collaboration projects than there are now. I love when great artists get together and make an awesome song, bringing each of their own unique styles to it.
What is the best music advice you have ever been given?
A great mentor of mine, Bill Blair, said to me, “Brother, I pray that you will always experience the joy of picking up a guitar and playing it. Don’t ever let that feeling fade.” Life gets busy, but you can’t let that dull your mind to the things that mean the most.
What new music are you listening to at the moment?
-I’m listening to a lot of Ed Sheeran, Leon Bridges, NeedToBreathe, and Tom Misch at the moment.
What musical plans do you have for the next two years?
I’m currently working on eight new songs in the studio, and I plan to keep writing and recording original songs until that door closes.
FV Music Blog September 2020
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