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" At 16, I started really loving country music, and Collin Raye just had the most amazing ballads! "
" Basically, I listen to voices. If they write good songs and they can sing, I'll probably like it. "
" Between '06 and '09, I dealt with pain by eating. And I was like, 'Oh, crap, eating makes you gain weight!' "
" Could a person really make a social contribution through music consciously? I mean, beyond making a person happy to hear the song and more making a social contribution consciously through your music? For me, Stevie Wonder is the paragon of that. And I didn't want to be Stevie Wonder, but I did want to do what he does. "
" Denying any person their humanity is a game we should all stop playing. "
" Even when it doesn't look good, it's always good. Even the worst thing, there's always something good that comes out of it. I've learned that. "
" Everybody has a spiritual body. Everybody has a physical body, and so your spiritual body is the stuff that holds all of your emotions like your body holds your organs, your food, your muscles, your water. Your spiritual body holds your emotional state and your mental state. "
" Everybody has their own path. I got mine. "
" Every once in a while, I find something that I'm interested in just because of the singing, like the Goo Goo Dolls. "
" Everything in my music has always been emotionally and spiritually motivated... But after I started doing yoga, the place where I came from changed drastically. "
" For me, the healing process starts with graciousness and forgiveness. "
" For the first ten years of my career, I felt suffocated. People constantly stood over me while I tried to create. And in 2009, I hit rock bottom. I couldn't find myself because I was looking to be defined by the music industry or by being number one on the Billboard charts. "
" I always felt like - I mean, I was told, really - I couldn't go too far with the productions because it didn't appeal to black radio. It wasn't until I decided I was going to do what I wanted to do or I was going to quit that I empowered myself. I took my power back. "
" I always have something by Stevie Wonder in my CD player. "
" I always loved music, but I didn't know if I could be the kind of artist that makes a difference. "
" I always pray when I write songs that my spirit guides, or whoever is with me, inspiring me, would let me speak the truth. "
" I am on an album with theater icon Billy Porter called the 'Soul of Richard Rodgers.' Our duet is called 'Carefully Taught.' "
" I am really excited to be partnering with Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula. Aside from being a longtime fan of their products, they're a family business with a strong ethical foundation, and that makes us a great match. "
" I didn't even listen to Bob Marley until I was 17. "
" I do believe in prophecy. "
" I don't really consider myself a teacher. I think - like, I have opinions like everyone else, and I just share my opinions. "
" I don't want the world to get any worse. I want to make it better. "
" I feel like I'm always gonna sing and write songs because it's me. "
" If I don't have the right clothes, I feel weird walking out; I don't feel comfortable in what I have on. I have different colors that I want to wear on different days because it makes me feel different. "
" If I were not a black artist but I was still singing, playing guitar, and singing ballads that are spiritual and cerebral, I'd be easier to market because people accept that from white female singer-songwriters faster. "
" If we can just focus our attention where it matters, we can effect change. "
" I had been on what seemed to be a hiatus to the outside world, but I was actually working very hard on my health, my emotional health, and my business. "
" I hope that the things that I sing about will be an inspiration for people to be original. "
" I know that I pray a lot, and I take time for myself. "
" I know the things I say go out of my own mouth and into my own ears. "
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