A: I was on Seasons 11 and 12. The first year for me was kind of like a trial version. I got out to the group round in Hollywood.
My second year, I take some more pride in that one, because I was more ready. It was a crazy process, especially with all those preliminary rounds, but I got out to Hollywood, and I was part of the top 37.
Q: When did you get started with music?
A: I started taking piano lessons when I was 5 years old. I was really lucky. My mother is a music teacher, and she set a foundation for me. When I was 8, my parents got me a guitar, and that's where I decided what I really wanted to do was make music. After that, I started picking up other instruments. I took mandolin lessons for years and learned the harmonica, which I play in our live shows.
Q: Are you the only musician in the family?
A: There's my mom, who teaches and sings. My dad has really great musical taste, and he's really good on the business side of things. My sister is more of a photographer; she takes all the band's promo photos. And my brother plays drums -- but he's only 13. He plays the hell out of those drums, but I don't know if that's what he wants to do.
Q: What about the rest of your band? Who are they?
A: Dominic Valentine is our bass player. He's just a great guy with great skills. He lives in Shepherdstown, where I go to school. Michael Silver is our drummer, and he's really good -- and just 16. He goes to school at Martinsburg High School.
Q: What's ahead for Christian Lopez and Joe Taxi?
A: We're recording a new CD, which is slow going with school. We're also making calls and sending out press kits to people and booking for the summer festivals in 2014. I think next year is going to be a big year for us.
Our big ambition is try to get to Scotland. My godfather lives in Glasgow, and Dom knows some people in England. We're trying to make something happen over there, which would be great.Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.