It’s been 8 months since a chance Uber ride with Trey Pearson and (614) Editor-in-Chief Travis Hoewischer kicked off an incredible narrative of hope and courage and led to a globally viral story about the Christian rock star coming out of the closet.

While his story appeared in these pages first, it quickly spread from the Huffington Post to the New York Times to the Guardian to The View, with Pearson becoming an overnight figure in the search for faith and freedom.

Pearson’s whirlwind didn’t stop there. Although the response to his story has been largely positive, it has taken a small toll on his family life as he adjusts to a new reality. His inclusion in a popular Christian music festival also sparked outrage from within the Christian musical community, prompting him to back out so as not to hurt the festival.

Still, Pearson had quite a year. In addition to headlining Columbus Pride, and being tapped to work for the Hillary Clinton campaign, the former frontman for Everyday Sunday—a band he started when he was 16—is now embarking on a new era two decades later with a solo career, and a new single this month (2.10). Before that hits, (614) dropped a few random questions on him…

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