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Born: 1954-02-26
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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With the internet, things are so much more immediate. People taste-test things to see if they want to buy the CD.

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You can't make everybody love what you do, but you can know how great you feel doing it.

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You're presuming too much by using the word legacy - presuming that someone is going to care.

Tags: Care, Someone, Word

I was blown away by the control and the range that I was hearing. I'm listening to Pavarotti and thinking, What the hell have I been doing with my voice all these years?

Tags: Control, Hell, Thinking

Someone told me there was a publisher that could find a good home for my songs, but I didn't want to give up my pursuit of a career in the business as an artist.

Tags: Business, Good, Home

There are certain people who have become better artists, but they're brilliant at marketing. I think someone who's been phenomenal like that is Madonna.

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When you have great songs that are going to live longer than the composers, everything you can do to bring those different elements and nuances out, serve the song.

Tags: Bring, Great, Song

I love songwriting. It's second to my love for singing in how I express myself.

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Considering the amount of information we're bombarded by, it's amazing if a song can transcend time.

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A lot of my success comes from black music. It's something I'm very proud of.

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A lot of the greatest compositions were made famous by Sinatra.

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Black music has increased my enjoyment of what I do. It has increased my range, my ability to reach into myself and accept myself.

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Dr. King is so inspiring, so impressive, so moving as a human being.

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For years I've kept a list of dream projects.

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I have friends who've tried to break into the UK, who went back with their tails between their legs. Fortunately I've had the opposite experience.

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I have to be happy in the here and now because every time you start focusing on your legacy you're really setting yourself up for disappointment.

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I kept looking to do songs that were written years ago and would live or outlive all of us, and the one thing they had in common was Sinatra.

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I'm proud of my mentors. Ray Charles is the strongest influence on me as a singer.

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It's a combination of melody and lyrics, not one without the other. It's a confluence of these different elements that makes something powerful.

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It's an important thing to remember where you came from.

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It's understanding the intention of a composer that allows a producer and an arranger to make those moments speak.

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No matter how great we get with digital formats of instrumentation, nothing really quite duplicates the real thing.

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One song will launch you, but you don't want to be a one-song artist.

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Sinatra, here's a guy who plays a tough guy in all his movies, but was allowed to be vulnerable when he stepped up to the microphone.

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The bigger you are, the harder they come down on you.

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The Top 40 is geared toward 20 and under, not 20 and up. That's the audience I'm geared to.

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The whole industry evolves around a great song.

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To sing along with Stevie Wonder, you had to make your voice do things it was not accustomed to doing.

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We used to call it recurrent airplay when someone had a hit.

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When I started studying for the arias it was like going into training for a heavyweight title fight.

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When I was invited to sing with Pavarotti, I had about two weeks to learn Italian.

Tags: Italian, Learn, Sing

Whoever best serves the song is going to be served by the song.

Tags: Best, Song, Whoever
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