You leave home to seek your fortune and, when you get it, you go home and share it with your family.
I don't let people use me. That's why I like a small number of people in my life. The more people in my life, the more complex it becomes, so I just try to keep it at a minimum.
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 dont think being black has held me back at all. Being black makes you strong.
I'm picking and choosing in terms of the stress factor. If it's not fun, I'm not going to do it.
Time has nothing to do with the gifts that the gods give you; it's what you do.
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.
Historically, in my generation, all of my heroes and heroines have had issues and problems. We all do.
I think there's no sacrifice too great for family, whether it's career, singing, whatever.
Long tresses down to the floor can be beautiful, but learn to love what you have.
If you have your own agenda and your own style and you don't easily conform to what the masses are doing, you're looked upon as being difficult. Whereas, I think of it as just being an individual.
I'm in love, sweet love. Feel me calling out your name, I feel no shame.
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.
I say if it's going to be done, let's do it. Let's not put it in the hands of fate. Let's not put it in the hands of someone who doesn't know me. I know me best. Then take a breath and go ahead.
Most artists are notoriously insecure, and I fall into that category.
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.
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.
It's impossible to write and produce a record when your parents are dying. I really tried, I really, really tried, but it just wouldn't come.
When you're away for a long time, tastes change, fans move on. You hate to think about it, but it's an ugly fact of life.
I'm used to getting up at 7, getting breakfast, getting the kids off to school, and doing the mommy thing and the wife thing and the daughter thing.
I would make far more money if every song were my own, but I don't write to fill up the album with my songs.
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.
I need my career. That's what validates me.
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