You know what, I'm probably one of the most blessed people there's ever been, and I thank God for it.
As human beings, we're very materialistic and have all this stuff - furs and cars and diamonds and money.
Had I not come out with an inspirational CD, you perhaps would have never known that I feel like I feel, that all songs, all the music I've ever done is a gift from God.
In fact, I wouldn't really call this a Gospel album, I call it more an inspirational album.
The only thing you're taking out of here is your spirit and your soul, so we need to be conscious to try and develop that part of ourselves, because we're all spiritual creatures.
As a kid, this is what I wanted my life to be. Not in my wildest dreams did I ever dare to dream that it would be this.
When someone picks up one of my songs and records it, I'm a flattered man, it's a blessing to me.
I don't ever balk at being considered a Motown person, because Motown is the greatest musical event that ever happened in the history of music.
So I wanted to sing inspirational music, and that's exactly how I approached it - only the words have been changed to declare my relationship with God.
We're all going to be victims of temptation at several points in our lives.
That's because we did not set out to make black music. We set out to make quality music that everyone could enjoy and listen to.
You know what, life is full of temptations.
Even if I don't release it myself, somebody else might hear it and want to record it. When you write a song, it gives it that potential.
Drugs are in every walk of life - doctors, lawyers, preachers, the guy who works for IBM, teenagers on the street, teenagers in school.
I left Motown because of the regime of people who were there.
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