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" I had a hard-core cult following of at least 12. "
" I'm not just a chick singer who sings high all the time. "
" I spend a lot of time working in the studio as a producer, not just a singer. "
" I do a lot of touring, yes, and I have my whole life ever since I was 19 years old, when I used to tour with Al Jarreau, Rickie Lee Jones, and Jackson Browne as a side musician. "
" At first, I wanted to start my own label, but it was such a full-time job that it became too much. "
" I was born singing. My father tells this story about when I was 3 weeks old, how I would rock in the crib and sing in the crib all night long. My crib would roll across the floor in the middle of the night. Finally, my father nailed its legs to the floor. "
" I always give the audience a variety because I want to make sure they hear the favorites and all that. "
" There was a singer-songwriter who slept on our couch for a year when I was about 7 or 8. She used to sing these songs for us, and I loved it. It was magical to watch her. "
" Having drive is a big part of success, along with integrity. You need to have a clear vision of what you want and take the steps to achieve it, even if that sometimes means playing gigs in tiny clubs. "
" I can't really stop doing the music because it really feeds me. "
" My nature is to worry about everything too much. "
" Playing clubs is the ultimate - you see the faces; you hear the 'clicking' glasses - I love all that atmosphere and seeing people's mouths singing the words to the songs. "
" I just kept making records, touring in Europe a lot, and then I had a baby in 2006, so my life has been very, very much family-orientated. "
" Starting young has definitely helped my success. All the experience I gained by touring with other players as a backing artist helped to prepare me for my own big break. "
" I would advise anyone starting out as a singer/songwriter to play live as much possible. You never know who might be in the audience. "
" For me, if 'Maryland' became half of what 'Searchin' My Soul' became, as far as radio play goes, I would be thrilled. "
" Success was overnight, but it was a very long night. "
" James Ralston, my guitar player, has performed with Tina Turner for about 22 years. Jim Hanson on bass has played with Johnny Cash, Rodney Crowell and Bruce Springsteen, and they're fantastic musicians and amazing singers they get a really cool vocal sound together. "
" My advice is if you have to do music, then do it! There's no choice in your heart and your soul - unless you have that kind of great need, desire and determination, it's pretty tough out there! "
" I could have become a mime or a juggler, but I became a singer-songwriter instead. "
" I love pop music, but I don't want to be Celine Dion. "
" The last thing I wanted was a big paycheck but no inspiration or support. "
" My stint with 'Ally McBeal' is something I never planned nor expected. "
" I thought nothing would ever happen for me. My whole life had been geared toward being a singer, and it wasn't clicking. "
" Although I don't come from a musical background, I was given piano lessons along with my sisters, but I wasn't what you would call a good student. I tended to write songs rather than do scales. "
" Ally McBeal walks down the streets crying, looking for the right man. I don't do that. "
" The two together are a really great combo: the family life and then being able to go play some shows and write. "
" I've been through the entire gamut of the music industry - I've been playing in clubs since I was 14, and I've been on Warner Bros, on Sony - I've had lots of successes and some serious times of struggle. "
" We've been waiting for a format like triple-A where you can hear Crowded House, Joni Mitchell and R.E.M. "
" My mom always wanted to go to Maryland to live there. Baltimore, actually. She had a best friend who lived there. She kept saying that she was going to move there and make that her home, but she only made it halfway across the country and got stuck in Iowa. "
" I have played lots of clubs since I was 14, but I always did my own music. "