He said he thinks he compensated for having extremely sensitive hearing in his good ear and also has a natural affinity for music.
"Music is something you feel first; feel it first and worry about hearing it later," he said.
At 11 years old, he moved from his birth town Los Angeles to Richmond, Virginia where he received a lot Southern influence.
Two years living there, the long time pain in his ear came to a terrible end when the right ear burst, causing 90 per cent deafness.
He has visited kids at the American Diabetes Association's summer camp in Pittsburgh and has raised money for the Richmond chapter of the ADA and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.