And I was booked once to go on ‘Ed Sullivan’ and I got bumped and ran out the back door crying.
Be your own artist, and always be confident in what you’re doing. If you’re not going to be confident, you might as well not be doing it.
Being a singer is a natural gift. It means I’m using to the highest degree possible the gift that God gave me to use. I’m happy with that.
Being the Queen is not all about singing, and being a diva is not all about singing. It has much to do with your service to people. And your social contributions to your community and your civic contributions as well.
Columbia was a wonderful label for me. Wonderful. The records I made there garnered me an audience. I won a number of polls during the years that I was at Columbia. The Downbeat Jazz Poll. Leonard Feather, who was a huge critic back in the day, different polls that he had. The Playboy poll, a number of polls. So the music was great.
Don’t say Aretha is making a comeback, because I’ve never been away!
Falling out of love is like losing weight. It’s a lot easier putting it on than taking it off.
I always felt rock and roll was very, very wholesome music.
I am doing what I love to do, and you cannot beat that, especially when the audience appreciates what you prepare for them. It’s very, very gratifying.
I came up in gospel.
I don’t feel one’s personal medical condition is everybody’s business. It just isn’t something you advertise, and it’s not open to discussion.
I donate heavily to the church and various churches in the Detroit community and food banks.
I go to the healthier foods that are less chemically treated. I am drinking lots of water to get rid of the toxins in my body. It’s a natural flushing. Water flushes your system and is also very good for your skin.
I know people I feel are extremely talented, but I don’t know that I’ve ever heard any geniuses.
I like Beyonce’s music – some of it, not all of it.
I love ‘Anne of Green Gables.’ I have for years. That’s one of my favourite things. She’s such a can-do kind of girl; that’s why I’m crazy about her.
I love all music.
I love producing, writing. I rarely write with other writers unless I have a real great respect for them. Like Burt Bacharach, or Carole Sager, or Stevie Wonder. Somebody like Smokey – like that. Otherwise, I choose to write alone.
I remember singing around the house to records that were playing. All kinds of music. And the great James Cleveland was often in our house, and I grew up with his sound as well.
I saw the Supremes when they were still singing in little black skirts and white blouses.
I sing to the realists; people who accept it like it is.
I think the hardest thing is losing weight. That’s the hardest thing more than anything else.
I used to have hamburgers coming and going, especially when I was on the road. Now, occasionally I will still have that quarter pounder because I love fast food, but you have to keep it to a minimum. I am now opting for salads and just healthier lunches.
I was in my dad’s church, his Baptist church, and I think the first song I ever performed was ‘Jesus Be a Fence Around Me.’
I’m a big woman. I need big hair.
I’m never tired of going to the studio. I enjoy recording and documenting everything and trying new things.
I’m the lady next door when I’m not on stage.
I’ve been around long enough for people to know who I am and what my contributions are. They know me as more than just an artist. I think they know me as a woman as well.
I’ve never recorded anything I didn’t like.
If a song’s about something I’ve experienced or that could’ve happened to me it’s good. But if it’s alien to me, I couldn’t lend anything to it. Because that’s what soul is all about.
Let’s start with the church. As you know, it’s my background, it’s a natural setting for me and it’s definitely my roots.
Music changes, and I’m gonna change right along with it.
Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It’s transporting, for sure. It can take you right back, years back, to the very moment certain things happened in your life. It’s uplifting, it’s encouraging, it’s strengthening.
My faith always has been and always will be important to me.
Now, occasionally I will still have that quarter pounder because I love fast food, but you have to keep it to a minimum.
Parents have to really talk to their children before they leave home.
Politics are not my arena. Music is.
We all require and want respect, man or woman, black or white. It’s our basic human right.
When God loves you, what can be better than that?
Yes, I’ve always been fashion conscious.