Connor Evans tells the story of “Issues” in his own words:
“Issues” is special. This was the hardest song for me to write. I set out to open up on this album; to really dig deep and challenge myself to grow not just as an artist, but as a man. In this song I open up about family death, drug abuse, and my own struggle with questioning the existence of a higher power in the midst of all this. I wanted this song to be anthem for all of us. Instead of letting our issues defeat us, we own them. We wear them on our sleeves, we speak about them, and; in doing so, we take away their power over us. These issues have touched all of us, but we won’t let them consume us. The third verse features family footage my mom recently found of my uncle (the subject of the third verse), her, and my grandfather. I want people to see my uncle how she knew him before he let his issue, heroin abuse, get the best of him. We all know that laughing, smiling, beautiful, innocent child. We all are, at one point, that laughing, smiling, beautiful, innocent child. By owning up to our issues and opening up a dialogue about them, I think we can keep that child alive within us. I’ve got my issues, yeah. You’ve got your issues, yeah. We wear them all on our sleeves; we’ve got our issues. Yeah.