“I think a challenge of the music industry is the fact that it’s not real life. What we do and what we get paid to do is such a blessing and we are so grateful for it, but at times I think we forget to zoom out and think there are other bigger issues going on in the world.”
Devin recently wrote a Blake Shelton No. 1 hit “God’s Country,” has toured with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill and released his first major-label studio album: Dark Horse. He was gifted his first guitar, a hand-me-down, red Stratocaster, by his neighbor in Sacramento, Calif., when he was 12 years old. He and his twin brother started a garage band in middle school, which eventually turned into a five-year-long cross-country tour when they graduated high school. When he had his heart broken for the first time, he says music made him feel like he wasn’t alone and that there might be other people out there going through the same thing. His passion eventually brought him to Nashville when he enrolled in Belmont University’s music program. Now, he says he sees that passion as a gift: It’s a platform to raise awareness for the issues affecting our community.