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Born: 1981-01-25
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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I lived with my mom in a really small apartment. My bedroom was like in the living room. That's why I still love to sleep on couches now.

Tags: Love, Mom, Sleep

I love my heritage!

Tags: Heritage, Love

I love my legs.

Tags: Legs, Love

I promised myself that I'd never actually admit to listening to 'New Kids on the Block.'

Tags: Actually, Kids, Listening

I'm a very caring person.

Tags: Caring

I've stepped more into my business and really... taken control for how I want that to be.

Tags: Business, Control, Taken

I've stepped more into my womanhood, I'm a mother now, I'm having a beautiful relationship as a wife and as a friend.

Tags: Beautiful, Mother, Wife

If I didn't love it, I would not record it.

Tags: Love

My mom always said, 'Don't date a guy who thinks he's prettier than you.'

Tags: Guy, Mom, Said

My mother is an actress, and she used to drag me from theater to theater and reading to reading.

Tags: Mother, She, Used

Not because I'm trying to be fabulous, but I love those big crazy Jackie O shades.

Tags: Crazy, Love, Trying

Sometimes I've gotten photographs back and people have literally shaven off pieces of me, and I tell them to put it back.

Tags: Put, Sometimes, Tell

Stevie Wonder's records introduced me to '70s soul when I was 12 or 13.

Tags: Records, Soul, Wonder

We are all one. We're not as separate as we oftentimes think.

Tags: Oftentimes, Separate

When you're talented, you're talented.

Tags: Talented

You've got to love what's yours.

Tags: Love, Yours

I love Bono. I really respect what he has done for Africa and how he has used his fame to do good in the world. I hope I can do half as much in my life.

Tags: Good, Life, Love

I was tired and I had overworked myself and burnt myself out. So I went to Egypt by myself. When I saw what was built there, it made me understand how powerful we are, that we can create anything. And I felt like I needed to create things that were timeless too.

Tags: Powerful, Tired, Understand

A lot of times I watch TV and I watch film and there's so many things I'd love to talk about that I feel don't get the opportunity to be shown. Sometimes things become very stereotypical and one-sided, and I feel like it's such a colorful world.

Tags: Become, Love, Sometimes

Adam Levine and I remade the Rolling Stones' classic Wild Horses, and it is right up my alley, that whole style. It has a style of its own but still stays very true to the classic arrangement, and I love it.

Tags: Love, True, Whole

I really appreciate Frank Ocean's lyrical style, I appreciate the way that he can kind of draw you into this personal space, but it's still lyrical. It's almost poetic, in a way, but it's very personal at the same time.

Tags: Ocean, Personal, Time

Once people see this 'Unplugged,' I just want them to feel the spontaneity, to feel passionate... I want you to see another side of me, that's free, and feel where my head is, where whatever happens, happens. I want you to feel inspired.

Tags: Another, Free, Whatever

When I was first learning songs, I'd have a favorite song, and I'd take the chords and twist them around. I'd learn the chords and then play them backward. That was my first experimenting with writing a song.

Tags: Learn, Learning, Writing

I'd rather not have anything than be a liar.

Tags: Liar, Rather

My mom is definitely my rock.

Tags: Mom, Rock

I'm not ashamed of what I am and that I have curves and that I'm thick. I like my body.

Tags: Ashamed, Body, Curves
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If I want to be alone, some place I can write, I can read, I can pray, I can cry, I can do whatever I want - I go to the bathroom.

Tags: Alone, Place, Whatever

I have my mother who is an Irish-Italian, and my father who is African, so I have the taste buds of an Italian and the spice of an African.

Tags: Father, Mother, Taste

I always want to stay focused on who I am, even as I'm discovering who I am.

Tags: Focused, Stay

Soul music is timeless.

Tags: Music, Soul, Timeless

I love the written word so much, I know it's gonna flow naturally.

Tags: Love, Word, Written

Simplicity makes me happy.

Tags: Happy, Makes, Simplicity

When I was younger, studying classical music, I really had to put in the time. Three hours a day is not even nice - you have to put in six.

Tags: Music, Nice, Time

But when I first fell in love with the piano, I knew it was me. I was dying to play.

Tags: Dying, Knew, Love

I'm very happy with my body.

Tags: Body, Happy

I've always been strong-minded, but I wonder.

Tags: Wonder

And I love kick boxing. It's a lot of fun. It gives you a lot of confidence when you can kick somebody in the head.

Tags: Confidence, Fun, Love

I feel like B sides are always better, no matter whose record it is.

Tags: Matter, Sides, Whose

I love my own music.

Tags: Love, Music

I really like to live my life in a low-key fashion.

Tags: Fashion, Life

I see what happens when one gets very attached to material things. That's just not what my life is.

Tags: Happens, Life, Material

I would hate to make music and people love me for something that isn't me.

Tags: Hate, Love, Music

It's not until I hear songs that I've done, that I realize how much of an inspiration music from the '60s and '70s has been.

Tags: Done, Music, Until

The last thing I want is to walk into my house after a long day and see all the Grammys and awards. It would make me feel weird.

Tags: After, Last, Weird

We're all going to change. Otherwise, it's boring.

Tags: Boring, Change, Otherwise

A Minor is one of my all-time favorite keys to play in. It's a very moody key, and also 'A' is the first letter of my name. It just represents the songs through my eyes.

Tags: Eyes, Name, Songs

I believe Aids is the most important issue we face, because how we treat the poor is a reflection of who we are as a people.

Tags: Poor, Reflection, Treat

I fell in love with the piano. I knew it was me. I was dying to play.

Tags: Dying, Knew, Love

In establishing democracy, we have to be sensitive to the regional and national context. Democracy also means to guarantee the rights of the minorities. That's my job as a king. We have for example a Jewish ambassador in the US and a Christian in the UK.

Tags: Christian, Democracy, Job

Sectarian divide has created a schism in our society that is a major challenge. As monarch of all Bahrainis, it pains me to see many harmed by the actions of a few. And yet I am optimistic and have faith in our people. We all realize that now is the time to strike a balance between stability and gradual reform.

Tags: Faith, Society, Time

The Bahraini people are eager to obtain facts to enable them to shape a comprehensive national opinion without division among its people. We confirm to all journalists and media personnel in the kingdom of Bahrain that their freedom is preserved and their rights are safeguarded.

Tags: Freedom, Opinion, Rights

The reform process began with the historic consensus on the Charter of National Action, in which the Bahraini people decided on a new chapter of their history.

Tags: Action, History, Process

We are a constitutional monarchy. I don't order laws, I propose them. Article 35 of our constitution states that the king can only refuse a law of parliament once, then he has to sign it - if the same law is then supported by a two-thirds majority in both houses of parliament.

Tags: Both, Law, Once

We have evidence that a number of Bahrainis who oppose our government are being trained in Syria. I have seen the files and we have notified the Syrian authorities, but they deny any involvement.

Tags: Government, Number, Seen

We invite American companies looking to raise capital to list on the Bahrain Stock Exchange. The region has a liquidity oversupply approximating $1 trillion and this pool of capital can be tapped into by creative American companies. The next Facebook may very well get funded on the BSE.

Tags: American, Creative, May

You cannot transpose the U.S. system on Turkey, and the Turkish system on France etc. You have to understand the people and their culture. That's leadership.

Tags: Cannot, Leadership, Understand

May Allah guide us to the good of the kingdom of Bahrain and its loyal people.

Tags: Allah, Good, May

Reform is the mission from which we shall not digress; it is an expression of belief and determination between us and our people. With the help of Allah, we will proceed forward in this promising national process within the natural progress of the life cycle and the development of people and nation.

Tags: Allah, Forward, Life

If you like your brother and he's prospering, you'll be pleased for him.

Tags: Brother, Him, Pleased

Any government that has a sincere desire for reform and progress should understand the benefit of objective and constructive criticism.

Tags: Government, Progress, Understand

Bahrainis are better off than many other Arabs. We have a welfare state, everybody gets a salary whether they have a job or not. Electricity and food are subsidized; school and healthcare are free. And we don't differentiate between Bahrainis and foreigners. We are very proud of that.

Tags: Food, Job, School

Our people have proven their desire for continuing with reforms. We complete the march today with those who have an honest patriotic desire for more progress and reform.

Tags: Honest, Progress, Today

Bahrain is very dear to me.

Tags: Bahrain, Dear

By being friends with all, we are not alone.

Tags: Alone, Friends

I care about Bahrain.

Tags: Bahrain, Care

I care about Bahrain. Bahrain is very dear to me. I will not allow people to play around with our laws.

Tags: Care, Dear, Laws

I don't order laws, I propose them.

Tags: Laws, Order, Propose

If people have done something wrong then they should be held accountable.

Tags: Done, Held, Wrong

If somebody gives me his hand, I will not look at him with suspicion.

Tags: Hand, Him, Somebody

In a sense there is no 'opposition' in Bahrain, as the phrase implies one unified block with the same views.

Tags: Opposition, Sense, Views

It's good to have a leader, otherwise we argue too much.

Tags: Argue, Good, Leader

No king should rule absolutely, like a dictator.

Tags: Dictator, King, Rule

Societies cannot move forward without law, and our constitution is the cornerstone of the law and our National Assembly is its umbrella and fortress.

Tags: Cannot, Forward, Law

There are no 'political prisoners' as such in Bahrain. People are not arrested because they express their views, we only have criminals.

Tags: Express, Political, Views

There is no doubt that some in Iran have an unhealthy focus on Bahrain, as some of the broadcast coverage shows.

Tags: Doubt, Focus, Shows

There is no ethnic cleansing in Bahrain, no mass genocide, no policy of killing innocent people.

Tags: Innocent, Mass, Policy

Along with our friends in the GCC, the first order of business is stability. Beyond the imperative of stability, the most important priority is job creation for all Bahrainis.

Tags: Business, Friends, Job

Bahrain lies at the epicenter of Gulf security and any violent upheaval in Bahrain would have enormous geopolitical consequences. Global economic stability depends on the uninterrupted export of crude oil from the Gulf to markets around the world - a job that historically has been assigned to the U.S. Fifth Fleet.

Tags: Job, Lies, Security

Democracy is not just constitutional and legislative rules; it is a culture and practice and adhering by the law and respecting international human rights principles.

Tags: Democracy, Human, Law

History shows that no enemy remains hostile forever, nor do friends remain friendly forever. For that reason, we intend to have normal relations with all.

Tags: Enemy, Friendly, History

In a sense there is no 'opposition' in Bahrain, as the phrase implies one unified block with the same views. Such a phrase is not in our constitution, unlike say the United Kingdom. We only have people with different views and that's ok.

Tags: Opposition, Sense, United
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