[Photo credit to David O’Donahue]

Nashville singer-songwriter-Producer Mokita, aka John-Luke Carter, has returns with his new single “Happiness” via Nettwerk. The song follows a theme of not setting out to find happiness but rather creating it yourself. It’s not a “light switch away” according to the song, and it encourages people to be content with themselves.

Mokita shares this about his new single:

‘Happiness’ was born in my buddy and songwriting partner Trent Dabbs’ studio. Most every song me and Trent write together is born from conversations about life, faith, meaning etc. I had this riff on the acoustic guitar that I was playing around with and then we started tossing around melodies. The song came together relatively quickly but didn’t have any production around it for a few weeks. I wanted to write a song about longing, about the craving we all have for real happiness, real joy.

I found myself constantly feeling like I was working towards happiness, and not experiencing it in everyday life. It’s easy to lie to myself and say ‘you’ll be happy when you have this amount of money’ or ‘you’ll be happy when this problem is fixed’ or ‘when you’ve accomplished this goal’. But I don’t want to live like that. I want to be content where I am. I’m so blessed with what I have. With the ability to work my dream job everyday. I want to experience happiness in real time; and that’s what this song is about. There isn’t an anchor in material things. You can’t bank your life on those things; they won’t make you happy.”

In June, Mokita released his single “Crash,” in which he teamed up with Charlotte Sands. Directed by Ed Pryor, the music video makes references and callbacks to 80s movies and pop culture. Mokita also wrapped up a 24-date tour with California dream-pop duo slenderbodies on their North American trek earlier this month.