The true beauty of music is that it connects people. It carries a message, and we, the musicians, are the messengers.
Having good health, being able to breathe and be happy, that's one of the most beautiful gifts. On top of that, I have the gift to play music and make people happy through that. I'm just telling you from my heart, I'm so in love with life.
Some people really trip on success or popularity. My friends would talk to me about that, about tripping on all this stuff, but you know what I tripped on? I started buying property.
I don't trip on that much. I just like to enjoy life and be happy.
It's a wonderful feeling just being in this creative motif.
I've been sampled so much and I'm glad it's happened, it's a great compliment.
I couldn't get my album played over the so-called smooth jazz stations. Jazz stations would not play it. You don't always know who you're making that soul connection with.
What we call soul has been around a long time. It comes out of a particular culture that is African in origin, but influenced by 250 years of slavery, as well as other forms of racial oppression.
You grow and learn a lot about the industry and what happens behind closed doors over the years.
Soul has no musical geographical or racial boundaries.
Back in the day, I used to be in the studio recording 20 hours a day. And that was all of the time. I still record a lot of hours, but I don't go as long as I used to.
I was being an artist, being sensitive and technical as artists are. I'm sure Leonardo Da Vinci did that. Artists don't always feel the same as others feel about their work.
A lot of the hip hop artists don't write music. They write words.
DJs and people in the street know what they like.
I always had this energy level that made me want to come to New York.
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