Graham Stookey is an amazingly talented singer/songwriter and guitar player. J-14 had the privilege of chatting with the budding star when he stopped by our office. Graham's four song EP The Basement Tracks is available now on iTunes.
J-14: How did you get started in music?
Graham Stookey: My dad put me in piano lessons when I was seven. I picked up an electric guitar when I was thirteen and I got into death metal. No girls would look at me because I had really long hair, but when I hit high school I cut my hair and got into acoustic guitar. I started writing music and the rest is history.
J-14: What was it like playing with Lenny Kravitz on Oprah?
Graham: There's no words to describe it. It was kind of an out of body experience. I don't really recall it because it was so fast. I remember more watching it than the moment because when you're in the moment it just absorbs you.
J-14: What is your sound like and who do you wish you could work with next?
Graham: My sound is John Mayer-esque with a little Jason Mraz going on. When I play guitar, I hold the melody line with my right hand and then I pull the chord progression with my left. It's kind of unique -- not many guitar players do that I think. My ideal collaboration would be Paul McCartney, Jason Mraz, or John Mayer.
J-14: What do you do when you're not working?
Graham: I'm a big nap taker. I play ultimate Frisbee -- I'm the captain of the frisbee team at school. I play beach volleyball with my bros. I read books -- I'm kind of a nerd. I'm reading "The Alchemist" right now.
J-14: You're YouTube page says "If Justin Bieber can get famous, why can't I?" What was your reasoning behind it? Are you a fan?
Graham: I didn't really know anything about him when we posted the video. That was kind of the hype. But I went with my parents to see the movie and a I'm Belieber now. I've been converted! He's fantastic -- he really is pretty good. He's great.
Photo: Rachel Sheehan