SM: Can you describe your music for people who aren't familiar with your style?

GS: I've always adapted to one thing that fits me, and that's that [the music] either moves you or [it] makes you move. That's something that I started with my up-tempo stuff. I've always wanted to be happy and laugh and be positive. I think my music is very positive. I think there's enough of the alternatives out there, and I definitely want my music to be not just lyrically uplifting but even morally. And then ballads—I absolutely love a big ballad. To sum it up, I would say it's a sort of soulful pop. I can't escape that my voice is a soul voice; I grew up listening to people like Otis Redding and Al Green and Sam Cooke. They were my great influences.

SM: Who are your other musical mentors and influences?

GS: I [also] love people like Boys II Men and Brian McKnight and Bebe and CeCe Winans. I like a lot of gospel music.

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