Historically, in my generation, all of my heroes and heroines have had issues and problems. We all do.
I’d love to be the political voice of my generation, but that’s not my gift.
I would say that my peak was making my first million at the ripe age of 29, after the first album.
If I could be doing anything, I’d be laying on the floor in my birthday suit eating junk food and watching something dumb on TV.
As soon as you get off stage, that’s the most dangerous time for a singer to kiss people because your vocal chords are receptive to any kind of germ.
Completeness? Happiness? These words don’t come close to describing my emotions. There truly is nothing I can say to capture what motherhood means to me, particularly given my medical history.
I used to sing at funeral homes for families that didn’t have a vocalist. I didn’t get paid. I needed to sing.
Chris Brown is brilliant. That cat is crazy brilliant, and I wish him the best.
Typically, the theme of my albums, if there is a theme, is, ‘How does it feel?’ And that always leads to love songs. It just does.
I’m picking and choosing in terms of the stress factor. If it’s not fun, I’m not going to do it.
My father worked on assembly lines in Detroit while I was growing up. Every day, I watched him do what he needed to do to support the family. But he told me, ‘Life is short. Do what you want to do.’
Long tresses down to the floor can be beautiful, but learn to love what you have.