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" As a kid, I loved to sing along to the Drifters and Otis Redding. "
" To be honest, the first time round, I didn't think 'Fame Academy' was the worst premise in the world. You got people on, and they would write songs and develop themselves as artists. But then, instead of getting a little bit more credible, it got a little bit more ridiculous. "
" I started to learn some common sense. Even just sort of day-to-day things. I started to cook a little bit more and try to learn to fix things around the house. If something breaks down, rather than call a guy, there's got to be more I can do. "
" Whatever I do, I like to be the one doing it. I don't just like to get someone in to run it and put a name to it. "
" My father was very encouraging. "
" Maybe it's the way that I do music, but I was never in a cool indie band or hung out with all the cool arty kids when I came to London. "
" The songs are just an attempt to document what's been happening in my life. If people can relate to what's going on with me, then that's great. "
" Music can really help people, help individuals in beautiful ways. "
" I write on the acoustic guitar, I write some on the piano, but I've been messing around with these guitar pedals and drum machines, educating myself in that world. "
" The way you react to each challenge forms who you become. "
" Sometimes when you get frustrated, your back is against the wall, and you come out fighting and knock out three songs in as many days. "
" I like to record something pretty much as soon as I have an idea for a song, but I'm on so many buses, I have to record on my mobile. "
" I'm not a fan of second-hand or vintage clothes. "
" Music is probably one of the most honest things out there - it's feral. "
" None of us don't have a vice. "
" When I think of Paisley, I think of everything that has shaped my life. "
" The first record I was really into was the Drifters' 'When My Little Girl Is Smiling.' "
" It's all a progression towards hopefully one day making a record that can be the definitive you can offer. Some bands come in with that at first, and the great bands never really stray from that. I want to earn my stripes. "
" I never, ever thought I would get to say I was opening a show for the Bay City Rollers. "
" I'm neither here nor there about this Lady Gaga, but she's clearly very passionate about her poker face. "
" I left school just shy of 17: I'd started going into touring and that situation. "
" To sing with Led Zeppelin has allowed me to offer the best places I could afford to my family and friends! "
" My parents worked very hard for me and my sister. "
" It's not about someone making a difference on their own; it's about everybody pulling together to make a difference. "
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" Some people have just got a capacity for creativity that's unbelievable! "
" I think it was definitely a love for the four- or five-part vocal male harmony groups that really took me away. I'd always try and be, like, the fifth Drifter; I'd always try and find another harmony that wasn't there. "
" You should have something to say, an idea you want to get out, and if you don't, just get out of the way, 'cause there's so many great musicians and writers that are in the queue. "
" The people I admire are Tim Buckley and John Martyn - singers that grew into themselves and were honest. John Martyn is one of the great soul singers because soul is not a genre; it's a feeling. "
" I was lucky to move around different cultures at an early age and have experience of different lifestyles. "
" I just want people to leave a show and go, 'That was the most rockin' show I've ever seen.' I hope people can just roll with me a little bit - you know? "
" The success was a difficult thing for me to get my head round. When it gets too much, I just have to disappear - to sort my head. "