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" 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 had a hard-core cult following of at least 12. "
" 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. "
" I can't really stop doing the music because it really feeds me. "
" I love pop music, but I don't want to be Celine Dion. "
" 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 seem to be drawn to the really romantic songs. "
" 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. "
" I thought nothing would ever happen for me. My whole life had been geared toward being a singer, and it wasn't clicking. "
" My nature is... well... I'm a searcher by nature. I'm constantly searching for something; that's why I have a song called 'Looking for Something.' How do I do it? I read a lot of spiritual books; I meditate. "
" 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 have played lots of clubs since I was 14, but I always did my own music. "
" At first, I wanted to start my own label, but it was such a full-time job that it became too much. "
" I'm not just a chick singer who sings high all the time. "
" For me, if 'Maryland' became half of what 'Searchin' My Soul' became, as far as radio play goes, I would be thrilled. "
" The biggest similarity between me and my character is that we've both played clubs for 20 years. In real life, the clubs aren't quite as controlled - and my hair isn't quite as in place as it is on 'Ally McBeal.' "
" I could have become a mime or a juggler, but I became a singer-songwriter instead. "
" 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 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. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" I spend a lot of time working in the studio as a producer, not just a singer. "
" We've been waiting for a format like triple-A where you can hear Crowded House, Joni Mitchell and R.E.M. "
" 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! "
" My nature is to worry about everything too much. "
" 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. "
" Success was overnight, but it was a very long night. "