My biggest influence has to be the beetles. Their iconic classic-rock style connects with me very well. However, they weren't afraid to experiment and go outside what was normal for the time. My favorite song happens to be "Hey Jude" which is much more mellow compared to their other songs.
Don McLean is another one of my influences. One of my mother's favorite songs happens to be "American Pie." So I have heard his songs many times when growing up and I was loved it. His strumming style and his beautiful songs still stay in my mind to this day