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.
I used to sing at funeral homes for families that didn't have a vocalist. I didn't get paid. I needed to sing.
Applause felt like approval, and it became a drug that soothed the pain, but only temporarily.
I would say that my peak was making my first million at the ripe age of 29, after the first album.
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.
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.