By age 11 he felt ready to try writing his own music, though Godsey was 12 by the time he finished his first song. He considers it "terrible, but it felt good writing it."
Godsey still made a recording and posted it to his MySpace page. It garnered enough positive feedback to convince him to keep writing. One such attempt was inspired by a story Godsey saw on a TV news broadcast. It was about a teen-age girl who had texted a nude photo of herself to her boyfriend, who proceeded to forward the photo to several other people. The girl ultimately committed suicide.
"It struck me so deep that I wrote (a song called) 'Digital Demon' to help tell her story," Godsey said. "She felt like she had to commit suicide, and I'm trying to turn that around - to keep people from feeling that way or to ever get in that situation in the first place."
Godsey ended up teaming with Get Real - a local teen mentoring group - to make a video for "Digital Demon" and perform it at some of their events.
"It just became this huge thing, and the first steps toward getting my name out," Godsey said.
His next song, "Hope Hold On," was about a teen named Hope who had a similar experience, though Godsey considers it more of a revival than a story song. He met Hope's mom after performing the track at a Get Real event.
"It was a really cool experience," Godsey said. "I knew at that point music is something I want to do. I enjoy performing and impacting people's lives through the help of God."
Scott Godsey, Garrett's father, has noticed the effect Godsey's music has had on listeners. There was his song, "Where Are You Now," that Godsey performed at the funeral for his uncle and Scott's brother.