If there’s something more awaiting me in the future, I’d rather leave it up to God since what He creates is far better than my imagination.
Learn your craft well. Take care of your own business. Success (popularity) is fleeting for most, but longevity lies in a quality craft with integrity. Oh, and don’t take yourself too seriously.
I’ve recorded songs that are prayers in different styles, not just in the traditional gospel style that can help and comfort them. It’s the words that matter most.
I’m so honored to have been a part of something so meaningful that helped to keep so many families and loved ones connected.
I enjoyed all of the tours and learned something from everyone.
I’ve been fortunate to live a very full professional life. Most of it has happened through God’s graciousness and not from something I’ve imagined.
When I stay focused and honest about who I am and the image that I hope to portray, then I won’t find myself stranded in unfamiliar territory chasing money or popularity. If the work that you do is quality, then you’ll be rewarded. It’s also good to stretch musically within the realm of your ability, but not if it compromises your integrity.
I have never stopped performing live.I’ve been blessed with the talent to sing and play the piano so I can fit into a lot of different configurations and venues. I play public and private performances and it has served me well. And I’ve been fortunate to work in Europe and Asia as well as The US. So for those who have not attended my shows, it doesn’t mean I’m not performing.
Praying is simple. Use the words that you know. You don’t have to be eloquent, just sincere and reverent.
As a nation we’ve been faced with so many tragedies since the beginning of this Millennium and I believe we have even more reason to pray. Many people don’t feel capable in that area and I wanted to create music that helped them find the words that could bring peace.
From the church I received a spiritual foundation that has kept me balanced. From the gospel music I learned the importance of singing with emotion- authentic emotion- not contrived- which has made my music endearing.
I will never forget Oprah’s [Winfrey] major contribution to my success by having me perform on her show (March ’91) and introducing me as, “the voice that brought her out of the shower!”
There has to be solidarity among the artists, songwriters and all the creative forces within that circle in order for the necessary changes to take place and for each person to get what is rightfully due.