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.'
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.