I finally faced the fact that it isn't a crime not having friends. Being alone means you have fewer problems.
My daughter is my greatest inspiration.
I have priorities. Maintaining my daughter is my first.
I decided long ago never to walk in anyone's shadow; if I fail, or if I succeed at least I did as I believe.
I like being a woman, even in a man's world. After all, men can't wear dresses, but we can wear the pants.
God gave me a voice to sing with, and when you have that, what other gimmick is there?
I'm either my best friend or my worst enemy.
My mother was the first singer I had contact with. She sang constantly to us around the house, in church.
You can fool people. You can fool anybody anytime of the day, but you can't fool yourself. At night, when you go home, you've got to be straight up with you.
In grammar school some of the girls had problems with me. My face was too light. My hair was too long. It was the black-consciousness period, and I felt really bad.
When I heard Aretha, I could feel her emotional delivery so clearly. It came from down deep within. That's what I wanted to do.
Loneliness comes with life.
My mother taught me that when you stand in the truth and someone tells a lie about you, don't fight it.
I believe that children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside.
When I decided to be a singer, my mother warned me I'd be alone a lot. Basically we all are.
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