No matter how great we get with digital formats of instrumentation, nothing really quite duplicates the real thing.
I love songwriting. It's second to my love for singing in how I express myself.
There are certain people who have become better artists, but they're brilliant at marketing. I think someone who's been phenomenal like that is Madonna.
Considering the amount of information we're bombarded by, it's amazing if a song can transcend time.
I have to be happy in the here and now because every time you start focusing on your legacy you're really setting yourself up for disappointment.
It's a combination of melody and lyrics, not one without the other. It's a confluence of these different elements that makes something powerful.
A lot of the greatest compositions were made famous by Sinatra.
I'm proud of my mentors. Ray Charles is the strongest influence on me as a singer.
Whoever best serves the song is going to be served by the song.
Black music has increased my enjoyment of what I do. It has increased my range, my ability to reach into myself and accept myself.
It's understanding the intention of a composer that allows a producer and an arranger to make those moments speak.
You can't make everybody love what you do, but you can know how great you feel doing it.
Dr. King is so inspiring, so impressive, so moving as a human being.
It's an important thing to remember where you came from.
Sinatra, here's a guy who plays a tough guy in all his movies, but was allowed to be vulnerable when he stepped up to the microphone.
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