I've figured out that songwriting is simply something I can not stop doing. I started when I was 12 with my middle school best friend and have been doing it in one form or another ever since.
It's in my blood to an extent. My grandmother on my dads side was a folk singer who played around Pittsburgh with a local group. My grandfather on my moms side was a music teacher and the head composer of a local Big Band with his roots mainly in Polka. My dad still plays Beatles and Blues with his high school band for parties and friendly gatherings. I started playing out in Pittsburgh starting at 16 in an acoustic duet with my same middle school songwriting partner.
I would say my biggest influences musically come from my family roots, however there is quite a bit of Motown and early 90's R&B randomly thrown in there as well.
I've attempted a handful of styles, including hip-hop and rock but I generally gravitate back to my staple acoustic-pop sound.
I started a project in June of 2008, jokingly called No Pressure Project, in which I wrote, recorded and released an original song once a week for a year with a few friends. It wasn't easy, but it was amazing!
We've kept up the project through its second year with an original song being released once a month while working on our website and adding things like "songs for hire" and "instrument building" to our repertoire.
My mind is made up and has been for a while. I'm a songwriter and I have been for a long time. I'm not going to stop writing so now I'm trying to figure out what I can do with it. I'm constantly looking forward to the continuing effort.
Thanks for helping :)