You don’t just become number one because you sing like everybody else. There is something different you bring to the table. Make sure you are constantly getting into the newest technologies. Learn the history of what you do, and always respect the ones who came before you.
Gospel is just the truth of the word of God. Anybody can sing it, anybody; anybody can perform it.
As humans, we have the tendency to call on God only when we think that we’re in dire straits as opposed to cultivating a real relationship with Him every day. And that’s what my music tries to convey to all the listeners – try to cultivate it every day.
I was brought up by great parents and great grandparents who told me, ‘Never, ever think that you’re better than anyone else or that what you do is so important that the world won’t miss you once you’re gone,’ and I kind of translate that into the stardom thing.
I started out in a professional choir at 13 years old. We traveled to different places, and I had a close relationship with the leaders of our choir. We were recording when I was 15, so it wasn’t like I had to wait until 25 to find out certain things.
I didn’t grow up in one of those restrictive Christian households where you couldn’t do this or that. We were brought up with a great collection of good morals and good values, but we also had fun. We’d go to church on Sunday, but then have ice cream, roller skate or play in the park...
I’m very respectful in everything I wear. I think about it.
When you win a Grammy… you’re thinking about you winning. It is amazing. Your peers and folks in the record business are saying, ‘This is what we think of you.’ And that’s why the Grammy will always be, to me, the ultimate in what you get as far as a music trophy, because it is...
Nobody talks about how Puffy went to Howard University or about Lil Wayne attending the University of Houston. All the young kids know is what they see on the videos. They don’t realize that these guys have taken managerial and business courses, and know how to brand and how to market themselves. They’re very smart.
My direction has never really changed, because I don’t think that you can really work gimmicks in gospel music. With gospel music, there is this central theme that always comes around about the love of God, the love of Jesus and the power that you have through Jesus Christ. You don’t need a gimmick when...
I think more people in the mainstream, folks like Nancy Wilson and Luther Vandross, they have openly expressed their love for God, and when mainstream artists start expressing their love for God openly in their concerts and including gospel songs in their concert, and, you know, people started embracing it.