Zach Stone: Hands On Interview

Updated on September 4, 2019
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Shannon is a passionate country fan who enjoys getting to know the artists and their music. She also loves spreading joy through interviews.

Zach Stone has that “whatever it is” quality that makes a singer so appealing to large groups of people. Add to his obvious musical ability his work with Hand Camp, his desire to inspire children like him to become all that they can be, and his drive for success and you have someone destined to be a star.

Zach was born with Brachydactyly, a condition that caused his fingers to be underdeveloped on his left hand at birth. But that never stopped him from doing anything he wanted. He had offers for baseball scholarships that he turned down in order to pursue a music career and he plays the guitar as well as many of his colleagues. Rather than let the condition hinder him, he uses it to inspire others like him to see their challenge as an asset.

He and his family worked with the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children to create Hand Camp, a camp designed for children with hand differences to interact with other children with hand differences. There, children are given an opportunity to see that they are not alone on their journey and that they too can overcome any challenges they face in life the same as anyone else. If these children are half as determined as Zach, there’s no doubt that they too provide inspiration to others around them.

For his part, Zach is headed straight for success on his chosen career path. His latest single “Hands On You” is a testament to that statement. Clearly, the man knows how to pen a tune that has staying power both on the radio and in your head. It’s simplistic in its lyrics and in its hook, but that’s precisely what makes the song so likable.

Also likeable is Zach himself. His answers to the questions below reveal a person with grit and determination as well as someone who thoroughly enjoys life. Listen to his music and read the interview to see for yourself.

Hands On

Shannon Henry: “Hands on You” is your latest single. Tell me about that, please. If you wrote it, is there a story behind how it came about?

Zach Stone: I was in the shower when the melody came to me; I jumped out and recorded it on my phone soaking wet. My next thought was the title, “Hands On.” I’ve spent my entire life being “hands on” — learning by just trying new things and by making mistakes. Relationships are the same. I try to “work” at my relationships, but sometimes I make mistakes. I’m also super affectionate; I love to hold hands, kiss and cuddle, so this song is about my vision of the perfect relationship and a teammate — a whole lotta love and whole lotta grace!

SH: Is simple, catchy, and powerful the secret to success?

ZS: Interesting statement; I think that’s pretty accurate. “Catchy" and “simple” generally do well, but I think the songs that truly “live on" are those that touch people’s hearts. That doesn’t necessarily refer to just sad songs; sometimes an upbeat or heartwarming song gives you so much joy or makes you feel so loved, that you just keep going back to it. Those...are the special ones.

"You’ll always have to do 90% of things you don’t want to, just so you can do the remaining 10% of the things that you love."

-Zach Stone referencing his father's advice.

Like I Need You

SH: What is the best advice you ever received from someone regarding life in general? And also, concerning your career?

ZS: My dad once told me “you’ll always have to do 90% of things you don’t want to, just so you can do the remaining 10% of the things that you love.” This statement really stuck with me and drove my work ethic. Where I end up is going to be worth all of the hard work we’ve put into it today. Some things won’t work out and you’ll always have hurdles, so just put your head down and push through it. That’s been helpful in my career and life in general.

SH: Describe your life story in one or two sentences.

ZS: With the right attitude and work ethic, and the support of friends and family, you can overcome anything.

"I stood on that stage under the lights with thousands of people cheering and I thought “yeah, I’m gonna do this the rest of my life."

- Zach Stone on defining career moments

Four Letter Word

SH: How has your work with Hand Camp influenced your musical career?

ZS: I’m just really excited for this camp to blow up so that we can continue to reach more kids who need Hand Camp. I wish every child born with a physical difference could enjoy the opportunity to go to a place like Hand Camp. It was so beneficial to me, and everyone else who’s gone through it. It’s a driver for me for the camp to be successful and enable me to use my platform to reach those people with a similar need.

SH: What is the craziest concert experience you’ve ever had?

ZS:

I played Belmont’s "Best of the Best" with Ricky Skaggs and Peter Frampton. Sharing a stage with the legends that I listened to as a kid was an incredible experience. It was also my first arena show. That was another “moment;" I stood on that stage under the lights with thousands of people cheering and I thought “yeah, I’m gonna do this the rest of my life.”


Sorry and Lonely

Just For Fun:

SH: What stereotype do you completely live up to?

ZS: I’m so weirdly goofy and I enjoy a variety of things from sports to stand-up comedy to musical theater. I do drive like a typical 25-year-old. I drive fast and I love to push the limits of the vehicle I drive (especially when I get behind the wheel of my dad’s Camaro).

SH: If you woke up one day after being cryogenically frozen for one hundred years, what would be the first thing you said?

ZS:

Where’s the nearest Chick-fil A? (I believe I’d be hungry!)

SH: What are three significant numbers in your life and why?

ZS: I have just one. The number 5 is my lucky number; it’s a number I see often, and I feel like God has used the number 5 as a sign to me to reassure me that I’m on the right path.

SH: What are your favorite foods to pig out on? Which ones will you not touch with a ten-foot pole?

ZS: I can crush some Nashville hot chicken. I’m pretty sure if Hattie B’s was good for you, I wouldn’t eat anything else. I can also drink milkshakes any time, any place.

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      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        2 days ago from Texas

        Thanks, Flourish! The quirky questions are part of what makes it so fun. We get to see more of the artist than just the music. And yes, his dad's advice is some of the best I've heard.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 days ago from USA

        I liked your quirky questions and thought that his dad's advice was especially good. Great interview!

      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        13 days ago from Texas

        You just confused the hell out of me! I thought I said a "knot except not" and then I had to re-read what I actually wrote. I should've put "or not" in parentheses!

        Don't get me started on nodding. I tell my kids that someone can't hear their heads rattle when they answer with a nod, especially if that someone they are answering is on the phone.

        BUT....if someone would actually take a phone call, I could tell you that you're looking good today. That's what my grandma always used to greet me with on a phone call. Video calls before they existed, at least in great popularity to the average person. How's that for magic?

        Now we need to find you a lullaby to listen to.

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        Paula 

        13 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Well...make up your mind! Is it NOT on your head or is it on your head.?..or is it a KNOT on your head....oh maybe a KNOT that's NOT on your head In which case where is this KNOT? and do NOT answer me with a NOD...because I won't see you nodding that the knot is not on your head. I'm very tired. Can you tell?

      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        13 days ago from Texas

        Oh. Well, you're no fun!

        As a matter of fact, my hair is long enough that I can and sometimes do literally tie it in a sort of bun or not on top of my head without using hair bands. So I suppose that I could flip it, but the real magic is folding my arms and blinking my eyes.

        By the way, you'd be surprised what songs I know from before my time. ....Gonna send you an email in a minute with a song that you just reminded me of. But I don't want to put too many links to other artists on this comment thread.

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        Paula 

        13 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        The ANIMALS....Eric Burten!! Of course. I knew that!! 1965 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptXRxtgnAfI

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        Paula 

        13 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        You'll have to find your own investor to pay for it.....but OK... Yeah, I know a couple of big money lottery winners...but KNOWING them doesn't count!

        "Dancing" is about all I CAN do...in fact, that's pushing it.

        Yes, Samantha.....get your witches and genies straight... Jeannie flipped her pony tail!.....Maybe you can do that.

        I'm searching for an old song......"I gotta get outta this place, if it's the last thing I ever do....girl, there's a better life for you and me" la la la.....Maybe the monkeys? I'll find it. Anyway, it's my new THEME song! Hey Boomers? can you help me out? Angie...you know this song!

      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        13 days ago from Texas

        Take me on that all-expense-paid vacation with you, Paula. I promise I'll stay out of your way. You won't even know I'm there. Until maybe I'm overly excited about something. England is gorgeous. You'd like it there....and I'd like to go back someday. The other two places you mention are on my bucket list.

        I don't know about the lottery.....James' step-uncle one a hefty amount of money. He was smart and had a small house built on some land he bought, but he also got hounded by every charity near and far wanting some of it. If he would have listened to them, he wouldn't have had a house. And he certainly needed that house.

        You sure dancing is all you want to do? LOL

        Thirty years younger is not all it's cracked up to be. That'd put you about my age. Let's all try mid 20s? Come on, Jeannie, let's go. ...Oh, wait. That was Samantha. While you're at it, go ahead and fix Washington!

        That's definitely not too much to ask for. Maybe one of these celebrities you speak of can write a song for us ladies with imagination, eh?

      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        13 days ago from Texas

        You're right, Angie. Who am I kidding? I never go back and look at articles they tried to force me to read at the most inconvenient time. They're supposed to be suggested readings!

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        Paula 

        13 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        and sky dive and climb a mountain, meet my favorite celebrity, receive an all-expense-paid 3 weeks in Hawaii, visit England, Ireland & Australia, win the lottery, write a Best-Selling book, dance with Pierce Brosnan, conquer my phobias, be 30 years younger by wiggling my nose, and speaking of magic...I'd LOVE to be INVISIBLE for at least one week. I'd do all sorts of wonderful things and of course, a few DASTARDLY tricks in Washington!!

        I really don't think this is too much to ask for!

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        A B Williams 

        13 days ago from Central Florida

        Tell me about it...trying to respond from a cellphone, there always seems to be an 'I hate Trump' article right in my way and I end up accidentally giving them credit for a view! Argh!! lol

      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        13 days ago from Texas

        Hi, Paula. He is a doll, isn't he? I hope you had a chance to read the other half of the interview as well.

        Aw, thanks! I'd so love to do this for a living and be able to give it my ALL. That and maybe finish a novel or two or three that I've started. LOL

      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        13 days ago from Texas

        Hi Angie. I tried to reply to you using my cell phone, but Maven's stupid pop up kept getting in the way. It pops up over the comment section. If I close it, then it just pops right back up again when I try to type. Could they possibly make it any more inconvenient? I'll look at those other hubs later!!!

        Anyhow......the topic here is what's important. LOL.....Thanks so much for listening to him and for enjoying the interview. I have "Hands On" in my head and have for at least a couple of days. It sticks every time I hear it. But that's okay because I enjoy the melody and the hook of this song, which is so much better than having a song I don't like in my head.

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        Paula 

        13 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Wow....What a doll...what a voice... nice song! Very good interview, Shan. You should dive right into this and give it your ALL! Paula

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        A B Williams 

        13 days ago from Central Florida

        Hi Shan, I've only listened to 'Hands On', but I like it, Zach has a great voice. I will go back and listen to the other songs, you've included.

        Great job covering another new artist, per usual! :)

      • shanmarie profile imageAUTHOR

        Shannon Henry 

        13 days ago from Texas

        Thanks, Pamela! I'm glad that you enjoyed the interview. He has such a positive attitude toward his career and life in general.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        13 days ago from Sunny Florida

        This an interesting interview of Zach stone. I like his voice and his songs. I think the interview made this a very good article.

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