Being the Queen is not all about singing, and being a diva is not all about singing. It has much to do with your service to people. And your social contributions to your community and your civic contributions as well.
Being a singer is a natural gift. It means I'm using to the highest degree possible the gift that God gave me to use. I'm happy with that.
I am doing what I love to do, and you cannot beat that, especially when the audience appreciates what you prepare for them. It's very, very gratifying.
Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It's transporting, for sure. It can take you right back, years back, to the very moment certain things happened in your life. It's uplifting, it's encouraging, it's strengthening.
Don't say Aretha is making a comeback, because I've never been away!
My faith always has been and always will be important to me.
I came up in gospel.
Be your own artist, and always be confident in what you're doing. If you're not going to be confident, you might as well not be doing it.
When God loves you, what can be better than that?
We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It's our basic human right.
Falling out of love is like losing weight. It's a lot easier putting it on than taking it off.
I love 'Anne of Green Gables.' I have for years. That's one of my favourite things. She's such a can-do kind of girl; that's why I'm crazy about her.
If a song's about something I've experienced or that could've happened to me it's good. But if it's alien to me, I couldn't lend anything to it. Because that's what soul is all about.
I sing to the realists; people who accept it like it is.
And I was booked once to go on 'Ed Sullivan' and I got bumped and ran out the back door crying.
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