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Born: 1946-08-26
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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I've already lived one full life, and so now I'm about to endeavor to see what else the good Lord has in store for me, and I'm wide open.

Tags: Else, Good, Life

And it's a lot harder to hide with four musicians than it is with eight.

Tags: Four, Hide, Musicians

In the future I think the labels on most pop music are going to go. Everyone keeps jumping into everyone else's space.

Tags: Else, Future, Music

In transition I think the spirit goes somewhere, but I don't think it leaves.

Tags: Goes, Somewhere, Spirit

It's a songwriter's dream to have a song recorded and run up the charts.

Tags: Dream, Run, Song

Motown was the mecca. It was every writer's dream to work there.

Tags: Dream, Work, Writer

My daughters are here, and that makes me feel good. And with the spirit of Nick Ashford, I think I'll make it through. I have no choice.

Tags: Choice, Good, Here

Nobody in my family was musical. I had no idea you could be a songwriter and make a living at it. It was all discovery. It was all just thrown at me.

Tags: Family, Idea, Living

Sometimes you want a Part Two in your life.

Tags: Life, Sometimes

There is a formula that allows you to write a decent song. But a song like 'You're All I Need to Get By,' it just writes itself.

Tags: Decent, Song, Write

We stand on our songs and we stand on the songs that we wrote for other people. That gives us a higher platform.

Tags: Higher, Songs, Stand

When you're a producer and an artist you're very critical of yourself. I like to produce other people, but I'm not that good at producing myself.

Tags: Artist, Good, Yourself

You know, we have two families: the one we're born into, and the one that we make for ourselves afterwards.

Tags: Born, Families, Ourselves

Both my grandmothers had upright pianos, and I just knew how to play since I was a child. Nobody taught me. I sounded like a grown-up, and then I learned how to read music. I played so well by ear I could fool the teacher to believe I could play the notes. She'd make the mistake of playing the song once, and I could play it.

Tags: Fool, Music, Teacher

I don't know what I want to do. There are people who want me to do things. There's a possible book. There are lots of things to consider. I just have to figure out what I want to do. I'm not one to sit around and do nothing.

Tags: Book, Possible, Sit

I guess I'm in a state of becoming. Even though I've had a full career and I've been around a long time, it's like dinosaurs are coming back. It's all new. I'm having to be on my own and seeing how exciting life can be now.

Tags: Career, Life, Time

I was a good sight reader and I could sing two or three of these jingles a day. An orchestra would come in for half an hour, and then the singers would come in and knock 'em out, and go on to the next one. I was the voice of Budweiser and Almond Joy.

Tags: Good, Joy, Three

It's interesting when you've been a partner with someone for so long. So now to sing solo and starting all over again I am learning that I am more bodacious than I thought. I don't know where it's coming from but I am glad.

Tags: Learning, Someone, Thought

We have been playing to a 70-30 black to white audience. And we are just doing what should come next, trying to attract a larger house, trying to reach an audience that's half black and white.

Tags: Black, Playing, Trying
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