All the songs I write are about human dynamics, whether it’s with girlfriends, boyfriends, or family.
Basically, I live to do gigs.
Cause I’m a musician, I’m not really good at posing and being a model, like, modeling.
Every bad situation is a blues song waiting to happen.
Girls talk to each other like men talk to each other. But girls have an eye for detail.
Having listened to great songwriters like James Taylor and Carole King, I felt there was nothing new that was coming out that really represented me and the way I felt. So I started writing my own stuff.
Here in England, everyone’s a pop star, innit, whereas in America they believe in the term artist.
I always wrote poetry and stuff like that, so putting songs together wasn’t that spectacular.
I can be a cruel person.
I can express myself.
I can play a lot of different instruments adequately but nothing really well.
I didn’t think it was special to be able to sing.
I do suffer from depression, I suppose. Which isn’t that unusual. You know, a lot of people do.
I don’t even have a TV.
I don’t have emotional needs, only physical ones.
I don’t listen to a lot of new stuff. I just like the old stuff. It’s all quite dramatic and atmospheric. You’d have an entire story in song. I never listen to, like, white music – I couldn’t sing you a Zeppelin or Floyd song.
I don’t regret anything.
I don’t think I’m such an amazing person who needs to be written about.
I don’t think your ability to fight has anything to do with how big you are. It’s to do with how much anger is in you.
I fall in love every day. Not with people but with situations.
I just dress like… I’m an old black man. Sorry! Like I’m an old Jewish black man. I just dress like it’s still the ’50s.
I just like tattoos.
I know I’m talented, but I wasn’t put here to sing. I was put here to be a wife and a mom and look after my family. I love what I do, but it’s not where it begins and ends.
I like pin-up girls. I’m more of a boy than a girl. I’m not a lesbian, though – not before a sambuca anyway.
I listen to music that is of our time and I just get angry.
I look after people.
I love America, it’s a much more permissive place.
I love food.
I made an album I’m very proud of, and that’s about it.
I read a lot when I’m travelling and always have a couple of books on the go.
I really started writing music to challenge myself, to see what I could write.
I really thought I was on the way out. My husband Blake saved my life. Often I don’t know what I do, then the next day the memory returns. And then I am engulfed in shame.
I saw a picture of myself when I came out of the hospital. I didn’t recognize myself.
I want at least five kids. I want twins.
I was gutted to leave my boyfriend at home when I started my tour, but taking my pillow was like taking a little bit of him with me.
I was hit by a car once on my bike, but I still rode home.
I would love to study guitar or trumpet.
I would say that jazz is my own language.
I wouldn’t say I’m a feminist, but I don’t like girls pretending to be stupid because it’s easier.
I write songs about stuff that I can’t really get past personally – and then I write a song about it and I feel better.
If I died tomorrow, I would be a happy girl.
If I heard someone else singing like me, I would buy it in a heartbeat.
If you play an instrument, it makes you a better singer. The more you play, the better you sing, the more you sing, the better you play.
If you’re nice to me I’ll never write anything bad about you.
I’m a lucky girl.
I’m always happy to blow up any misconceptions that people have about stage school cos everyone thinks it’s really nasty there but it’s not.
I’m happiest with my family around me.
I’m lucky because I do get to fly first-class now.
I’m much healthier now.
I’m my own worst critic, and if I don’t pull off what I think I wanted to do in my head, then I won’t be a happy girl.
I’m not a natural born performer.
I’m not an idiot.
I’m not frightened of appearing vulnerable.
I’m not very ambitious at all.
I’m of the school of thought where, if you can’t sort something out for yourself, no one can help you. Rehab is great for some people but not others.
I’m such a kid at heart.
I’m very loyal.
I’ve always been a little homemaker.
I’ve got a crush on my backing singer.
I’ve had everything pierced at some point.
I’ve never been a boyfriend kind of girl.
Life’s short. Anything could happen, and it usually does, so there is no point in sitting around thinking about all the ifs, ands and buts.
My husband is everything to me and without him it’s just not the same.
My justification is that most people my age spend a lot of time thinking about what they’re going to do for the next five or ten years. The time they spend thinking about their life, I just spend drinking.
My parents pretty much realized that I would do whatever I wanted, and that was it, really.
Now I think that going to the gym is the best drug. I go four times a week and it gives me the buzz I need.
Since I was 16, I’ve felt a black cloud hangs over me. Since then, I have taken pills for depression.
Some men do think I’m a psycho bunny-boiler.
Some people reckoned that I looked healthier when I was bigger but I had terrible skin and no energy.
The jazz I love is sweet and pure with raw elements, which is exactly what the good hip-hop is doing now.
There’s no point in saying anything but the truth.
To be honest, I think kids have got a lot more going on than adults. They’ve got their heads screwed on a lot better.
When I’m nervous, I stutter, and I had to keep stopping and starting.
When you’re around kids you can be a little kid yourself and pretend that life is magic and you don’t have to be one of those sweaty people going to work every day.
Women don’t try to use me.
Yeah, I’m an open book.
Yes, I’m still going to misbehave!
You know how you either grow up in a Michael Jackson house or a Prince house? For me it was Michael Jackson. I could never decide whether I wanted to be Michael Jackson or marry him.