'Home' Certified Gold!

‘Home’, which I wrote nearly three years ago with some of my best friends, and which was released a year ago by Machine Gun Kelly, X Ambassadors, and Bebe Rexha, was just certified Gold by the RIAA! It’s a little surreal, to be honest. When I started writing songs I never considered any of the accolades - I just wanted to make good music and make a living at it. Having this in my hands is just one of many confirmations for me that I’m walking the right path, a path I’ve often felt like I’m stumbling on.

A career as a creative is an unpredictable one. Not only does it come with the expectation that your day-to-day activities are accompanied by an ever present sense of anxiety - the constant inner dialogue of “I’m awesome!” suddenly becoming “I’m awful!” - but it’s also one that has no industry standards in terms of what you’ll earn in a year, or even if you’ll earn in a year. I was recently listening to Kelsey Grammer’s 1995 biography ‘So Far’ and he shared a quote from one of his favourite poets, a quote that struck me as being so relevant to this journey of mine.

Stagger onward rejoicing
— W.H. Auden

So here we are. It started out as a song about homesickness that I wrote with some of my closest friends whilst missing Scotland, and ended up being heard by millions of people around the world. I’m so grateful that this journey is the one I’m supposed to be on - I couldn’t imagine any other.

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