By Christopher Heide
Chosen Magazine had the opportunity to interview upcoming recording artist Garrett Whitney. A brash, sincere and sober musician, Whitney recently launched his debut album entitled "The New Age Outlaw." A deft mix of progressive country sounds and deeply personal lyrics, Whitney is a rising star to watch. Check out the interview below:
Chosen Magazine: What inspired you to pursue a career as a recording artist?
Garrett Whitney: I wanted to make people feel the way that the musicians that inspired me made me feel.
CM:What is the motivation behind your album?
GW: The motivation is to present my music in the most authentic way possible and to make it available to as many people as possible.
CM: What inspires you? Who are your musical influences?
GW: A lot of things inspire me, mostly life events. Sometimes politics. My main musical influences are Waylon Jennings, David Allan Coe, Freddy Mercury, and Axl Rose.
CM: What message do you hope to convey to your fans?
GW: Hmmmmmmm. I appreciate the support and will continue to deliver to the best of my abilities as long as people are there to listen.
CM. How do you feel the disease of addiction has influenced your music?
GW: Being an addict/alcoholic is a theme in my music because I write what I know. It's a part of who I am and it comes out through my writing.
CM: What are some personal "secrets" you would be comfortable in sharing with our audience? What adversity have you overcome?
GW: I've overcome addiction and alcoholism. I'm overcoming a huge amount of insecurity. I'm highly self conscience to a fault, but I'm getting better. I have an unwavering belief in God but absolutely abhor organized religion. I supported the legalization of marijuana and gay marriage and I'm proud of our state for making the right choice in those matters. I have a terrible Diet Coke addiction, I chew Grizzly Wintergreen Long Cut, and I prefer my Pop Tarts raw!