Anita Baker Quotes

Applause felt like approval and it became a drug that soothed the pain but only temporarily.

Most artists are notoriously insecure and I fall into that category.

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.'

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 would say that my peak was making my first million at the ripe age of 29 after the first album.

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 dont think being black has held me back at all. Being black makes you strong.

I don't think being black has held me back at all. Being black makes you strong.

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.

Chris Brown is brilliant. That cat is crazy brilliant and I wish him the best.

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.

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.

Long tresses down to the floor can be beautiful but learn to love what you have.

Long tresses down to the floor can be beautiful if you have that but learn to love what you have.

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 need my career. That's what validates me.

I'm in love sweet love. Feel me calling out your name I feel no shame.

I'm picking and choosing in terms of the stress factor. If it's not fun I'm not going to do it.

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.

I have as many pictures of my vocal cords as I do of my children. I have a great ear nose and throat doctor and we look at them - if there's some redness maybe I'll take a little time off.

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.

I used to sing at funeral homes for families that didn't have a vocalist. I didn't get paid. I needed to sing.

You leave home to seek your fortune and when you get it you go home and share it with your family.

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 think there's no sacrifice too great for family whether it's career singing whatever.

I'd love to be the political voice of my generation but that's not my gift.

Time has nothing to do with the gifts that the gods give you; it's what you do.

Historically in my generation all of my heroes and heroines have had issues and problems. We all do.

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.

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.