His Christian TV Phase
JMSN: "Immediately after that was Christian TV in 2006. I had got dropped from Atlantic, so Warner [Bros.] had picked up the first Christian TV album. I showed them the new songs, I showed them the new videos and they were like, 'Okay, cool.' Then later they were like, 'We don't want to do this so we're going to drop you from Warner.'
"I continued with these songs that I had with Warner before I got dropped, the main one being 'When She Turns 18' which I made a video for. I put it out myself and then [Universal] Motown, who was interested, signed me. Now I'm trying to make hits for them and shit like that; It was all about radio. It got real crazy and overwhelming. Finally toward the end I was like, 'What the fuck am I doing?'
"I wanted to make music that fulfilled my soul, not music like, 'Oh shit, it's a smash hit!' I came with 'Girl I Used To Know' to Motown with a video, and I was like, 'I want to go more into R&B, this is me. I want to go darker.' They didn't get it so they let me go.
"I was glad because I was ready to move away from that. I don't think I'll ever want to go back to that machine. I want to make music for myself, for others. I wanted to do it the right way."