I take conscious breaks for myself 'cause I like to rejuvenate and get my creative juices flowing. I also like to take my time with my creativity; I think it's important.
Lately, I've been in the creation phase... working hard to write better lyrics and melodies each time. I'm learning that the creation phase cannot be rushed. It's time that needs to be used wisely, and the vibe has to be right.
I think every individual has his or her own power, and it's a matter of working, taking time and defining what that power is.
I really prefer the actual experience of being onstage and living the character from beginning to end with the energy of the audience. There's nothing that beats that feeling...
It's something about being on stage! #LoveIt
Self-love is really a foundation for everything, and however you practice or express that is so, so important.
This is something every woman should do...it is a journey to self love, and it may not be the easiest for some. For me, once I tuned out the noise of the outside world and truly tapped in to me, I fell into a confidence no one could shake. I am growing as a woman and an artist every day.
There are no hard and fast rules. Sometimes you work for free and get no credit or courtesy. That's why you make sure you do what you love.
Singers- nothing sounds like you. For better or worse-there is only 1 of you. Don't homogenize your sound by making it just like the next.
I love these two quotes. A lot of my music relays the message of finding purpose and living life to the fullest. You can't do that if you don't do what you love. Also, I am a vocal coach, and I make sure to tell my students that their voice is truly unique, and no one else has it. Stand true in the gifts given to only you.
Some people say there's nothing new under the sun. I still think that there's room to create, you know. And intuition doesn't necessarily come from under this sun. It comes from within.
Whatever I'm doing, I'm in that moment and I'm doing it. The rest of the world's lost. If I'm cooking some food or making soup, I want it to be lovely. If not, what's the point of doing it?
I'm a believer that the more I'm giving, the happier I am, and the more beautiful my exterior will be.
Life is all about giving. It is the most fulfilling feeling and more rewarding than any gold medal. I choose to give through my music and through teaching. It's a wonderful way of expression for me, but at the same time, my hope is to touch and inspire listeners. I fell into teaching, but it's something I'm naturally good at. Why go against what's so pure, when you can give authentic offerings.
And Barack and I were raised with so many of the same values, like you work hard for what you want in life. That your word is your bond; that you do what you say you're going to do. That you treat people with dignity and respect, even if you don't know them and even if you don't agree with them.
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
My life is a song still being written...watch my lyrics evolve.