Quotes and Sayings about Singing



"My favorite type of music to sing to would be rock and roll, Tenacious D, Led Zeppelin, some Queen - I love all of them. I love singing to them because they're all just great voices. I love listening to very obscure jazz."
- Casey Abrams
(Related: Love, Music, Favorite, Jazz, Listening, Queen, Singing)

"No matter what as an artist that's always what you want to do, you want to connect to the audience, you want to be able to send whatever message it is that you're singing about, you want to be able to convey that - and not make them feel - you want them to feel it, you want them to feel what you feel."
- Naima Adedapo
(Related: Artist, Singing, Want)

"An album is such a personal thing. It's something I always wanted to do. It's me doing me, singing as me."
- Danny Aiello
(Related: Singing)

"If my career detour from special education to singing has done one thing, it has afforded me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others."
- Clay Aiken
(Related: Education, Opportunity, Career, Difference, Singing)

"The trumpet was not a lyrical singing instrument."
- Herb Alpert
(Related: Singing)

"I get even more nervous singing when everyone's fallen silent, but I really try to communicate the meaning of the lyrics, and there's people there listening to that, and if they're moved by it, then I'm moved as well."
- Namie Amuro
(Related: People, Listening, Meaning, Singing)

"Broadway is a tough, tough arena for singing."
- Julie Andrews
(Related: Singing)

"I love singing, and I came to absolutely adore it in the later part of my career."
- Julie Andrews
(Related: Love, Career, Singing)

"I like what it is to sing, or to be with the others singing, to make music, but the fuss and all the things that are the exterior part of a career, has never interested me."
- Victoria de los Angeles
(Related: Music, Career, Singing)

"Children frequently sing meaningful phrases to themselves over and over again before they learn to make a distinction between singing and saying."
- David Antin
(Related: Children, Saying, Singing)

"There will always be some kid who's the new Kurt Cobain writing great lyrics and singing from his soul. The problem is they're not marketing that anymore or putting it out there."
- Rosanna Arquette
(Related: Soul, Marketing, Singing, Will, Writing)

"They look for the top note to end every song. They don't know what they are singing about. There is no style."
- Frankie Avalon
(Related: End, Singing, Song, Style)

"What comprises good performance? The ability through singing or playing to make the ear conscious of the true content and affect of a composition."
- Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
(Related: Performance, Ability, Content, Singing)

"There is no singing anymore, everything is yelling and shouting and rapping and that is real boring to a guy like me."
- Sebastian Bach
(Related: Singing)

"There's the most resistance to an actor singing. It's like I'm being disloyal to my industry."
- Kevin Bacon
(Related: Actor, Being, Singing)

"I enjoy singing, and the instruments which truly move me are the horn, the trumpet and the cello."
- Roger Bannister
(Related: Singing)

"I've been wanting to sing for a long time. I've been singing all my life, and I've tried different record companies, but it seemed like - it was such a struggle and so hard to get out there. So, I said, 'I'm gonna go on American Idol and see how far it takes me.'"
- Fantasia Barrino
(Related: Life, Time, American, Singing, Struggle)

"I'm very soulful. I grew up singing in church. When I sing a song, I like to feel what I'm singing."
- Fantasia Barrino
(Related: Church, Singing, Song)

"I still love to walk in the mountains or be on the sea. I like to be in nature. Sometimes I bicycle. It's important to feel good with your body. The body is extremely important. If you feel good, you have more energy in your singing."
- Cecilia Bartoli
(Related: Love, Nature, Body, Energy, Mountains, Sea, Singing)

"I have devoted my energies to the study of the scriptures, observing monastic discipline, and singing the daily services in church; study, teaching, and writing have always been my delight."
- Venerable Bede
(Related: Discipline, Church, Delight, Singing, Study, Teaching, Writing)

"Directing an opera is similar to directing a play. The singing must not get in the way of the drama."
- Bruce Beresford
(Related: Drama, Opera, Play, Singing)

"I started singing about three years ago, I entered a local singing competition called Stratford Idol. The other people in the competition had been taking singing lessons and had vocal coaches. I wasn't taking it too seriously at the time, I would just sing around the house. I was only 12 and I got second place."
- Justin Bieber
(Related: Time, People, Coaches, Competition, Singing, Years)

"How nice the human voice is when it isn't singing."
- Rudolf Bing
(Related: Singing, Voice)

"My father, a mining engineer and colliery manager, gave his brood many advantages not least of which, for me, was his love of singing which gave music a central place in our lives."
- James W. Black
(Related: Love, Music, Manager, Father, Singing)

"I was a kid, and I remember my mother singing. She was also a radio soap opera actress, but my mother sang."
- Ruben Blades
(Related: Mother, Opera, Singing)

"Now I'm more sure and I feel myself more comfortable singing."
- Andrea Bocelli
(Related: Now, Singing)

"I love songwriting. It's second to my love for singing in how I express myself."
- Michael Bolton
(Related: Love, Singing)

"I would be happy at a piano bar, singing. I just want to home in on being the best singer I can be."
- Debby Boone
(Related: Home, Being, Singing, Want)

"I have done so much: modeling, acting, singing, the calendar, the lingerie line, and there have been times where I have wanted to give up but I went for it."
- Caprice Bourret
(Related: Acting, Singing)

"Singing for royalty is a dream of mine - I'd absolutely love to sing for the Queen at the Royal Variety Show. All the contestants are very good. I will just have to do my best and see what happens."
- Susan Boyle
(Related: Love, Dream, Queen, Royalty, Singing, Variety, Will)

"It was my Mum who got me into singing properly - she knew I had to do something with my voice because she knew I was talented. She was the one who pushed me into joining a choir all those years ago, when I was about 12. I remember she told me to start with the choir and just see where it took me."
- Susan Boyle
(Related: Singing, Voice, Years)

"I was always musical - yelling when I was a baby, singing into a brush and singing in the shower."
- Susan Boyle
(Related: Baby, Singing)

"We gather for prayer, and reading the Bible, and singing the songs of David."
- William Brewster
(Related: Bible, Prayer, Reading, Singing, Songs)

"My mother had been a country and western singer but when she moved out to Hollywood found it very difficult to get work so when I was born they put me into dance classes and singing classes as soon as I could walk actually."
- Morgan Brittany
(Related: Work, Mother, Dance, Country, Hollywood, Singing)

"I didn't understand that I could sing until I was like 11 or 12. My mom heard me singing around the house and she said, What are you doing? You really can sing! So then I started going to school and singing to the girls."
- Chris Brown
(Related: Mom, Girls, School, Singing)

"Sometimes that is why you might even stay in the bathroom for even half an hour, making that water running all over, just singing."
- Dennis Brown
(Related: Running, Singing, Water)

"You always will be singing a song or humming a line or a melody."
- Dennis Brown
(Related: Singing, Song, Will)

"If you are speaking about my own songs, I would think so because we were talking about that particular era and I was singing one of my songs that I recorded 50 years ago."
- Ruth Brown
(Related: Singing, Songs, Talking, Years)

"I was like Gene Kelly, it was called singing in the rain. No seriously, I wasn't really born with a singing voice, but my friends Joe and John taught me how to sing."
- Chris Burke
(Related: Friends, Rain, Singing, Voice)

"I started singing for The Phantom in January, and we started filming in October and I sang all the way through to the next June. In fact, I was singing for about two months before I even knew I had the role."
- Gerard Butler
(Related: Fact, June, Months, October, Singing)

"By that point, I had started taking singing lessons. And after the first session, I mean, I was surprised that the windows didn't shatter. And after the third session, I really didn't know where this voice had come from."
- Gerard Butler
(Related: First, Singing, Voice, Windows)

"I had to get used to wearing a mask and wearing a prosthetic and performing with those things while singing and expressing myself through stylized movement, while keeping it as human as possible so the audience could be closer to the horror of the Phantom."
- Gerard Butler
(Related: Horror, Singing)

"90%, 100% are going there to hear the singing. The story is another thing. Nobody's interested in the story. Happiness is happiness."
- Cab Calloway
(Related: Happiness, Singing)

"Basically, I started singing when I started talking. Music has just been my saving grace my whole life."
- Mariah Carey
(Related: Life, Music, Grace, Singing, Talking)

"A lot of people are singing about how screwed up the world is, and I don't think that everybody wants to hear about that all the time."
- Mariah Carey
(Related: Time, People, Singing, World)

"I'm singing the music publisher's theme song - it ain't a commercial."
- Hoagy Carmichael
(Related: Music, Singing, Song)

"I don't really remember my folks singing to us, but they read to us."
- Mary Chapin Carpenter
(Related: Singing)

"I was singing in a mall, and I picked a girl to come up onstage with me. As I was grabbing her hand, I fell off the stage. It felt like I was in the air forever, flying like Superman."
- Aaron Carter
(Related: Flying, Singing)

"It was he who impressed, time and again, the necessity of singing as nature intended, and - I remember - he constantly warned, don't let the public know that you work. So I went slowly. I never forced the voice."
- Enrico Caruso
(Related: Nature, Time, Work, Necessity, Public, Singing, Voice)

"That was the big thing when I was growing up, singing on the radio. The extent of my dream was to sing on the radio station in Memphis. Even when I got out of the Air Force in 1954, I came right back to Memphis and started knocking on doors at the radio station."
- Johnny Cash
(Related: Dream, Force, Growing up, Right, Singing)

"When I was singing Jamie's Cryin', people were going out of their mind because it was the first time they got to see Eddie, Michael and Alex play those songs. That was a thrill."
- Gary Cherone
(Related: Time, People, First, Mind, Play, Singing, Songs)

"There is nothing like singing a song that 20,000 people know and are singing back to you."
- Gary Cherone
(Related: People, Nothing, Singing, Song)

"When I started really singing I was 17, 18 years old. I used to go around trying to be a singer in the Bronx. My knees would shake but I learned by doing."
- Dominic Chianese
(Related: Old, Singing, Trying, Years)

"I love singing - singing is what I'm famous for doing. Now it's turned into things I am famous for doing - like having rows with my mum or about my boyfriend, so it does get irritating."
- Charlotte Church
(Related: Love, Boyfriend, Famous, Now, Singing)

"In some ways, I've always approached singing as acting, and the voice is just like a way of carrying the song."
- Petula Clark
(Related: Acting, Singing, Song, Voice)

"You're gonna have to learn to get out there in front of those cameras and hold your head up. Take charge when you're singing."
- Patsy Cline
(Related: Singing)

"I'll keep working as long as I live because singing has taken on the feeling of joy that I had when I started, when my only responsibility was to sing well."
- Rosemary Clooney
(Related: Feeling, Joy, Responsibility, Singing)

"I just would like to keep singing. As soon as I'm not singing well, I hope that I know it, so that I can get off the stage and leave what I have done. I hope I'll know, and if I don't, I hope somebody tells me."
- Rosemary Clooney
(Related: Hope, Singing)

"Well, over the years, I've developed a stable of songs of which I'm known for and never get tired of singing."
- Joe Cocker
(Related: Singing, Songs, Years)

"God, I'm just a fat bald guy, 60 years old, singing the blues, you know?"
- Joe Cocker
(Related: God, Old, Singing, Years)

"I will confess I did none of my own singing. I did all my own costume and makeup, though."
- Gary Cole
(Related: Makeup, Singing, Will)

"My book 'Trust Your Heart', which is the story of my life, will be followed by 'Singing Lessons', a memoir of love, loss, hope, and healing, which talks about the death of my son and the hope that has been the aftermath of the healing from that tragedy."
- Judy Collins
(Related: Death, Life, Love, Son, Heart, Hope, Healing, Loss, Tragedy, Will)

"I consider myself as a singer first, but something that really helped me come into my own is that there's not a separation between me singing and me playing the guitar. The two fed off the other."
- Shawn Colvin
(Related: First, Guitar, Separation, Singing)

"When I sang that song, I felt it was almost as if some force had moved into my body. Things like that have only happened to me singing jazz. It doesn't happen when singing pop. I get so deeply into the music, it feels like I've become someone else."
- Rita Coolidge
(Related: Music, Body, Force, Jazz, Singing, Song)

"I really love singing."
- Andrea Corr
(Related: Love, Singing)

"Sometimes I write notes that I have difficulty singing."
- Elvis Costello
(Related: Difficulty, Singing)

"If your lifeguard duties were as good as your singing, a lot of people would be drowning."
- Simon Cowell
(Related: People, Singing)

"Playing and singing at the same time is pretty cool, but sometimes it's difficult to know when you can just really let go a bit because you've got to get back to bloody microphone and sing some stuff."
- Graham Coxon
(Related: Time, Pretty, Singing)

"My father being in the movie business, I thought being an actor would be great. But when I started singing to people in coffeehouses, you know, singing folk music and then, later, singing songs that I started to write myself, I felt more than an affinity for it."
- David Crosby
(Related: Music, Business, Father, Thought, People, Actor, Being, Folk, Singing, Songs)

"You can lose people without them dying, and I have, from moving, from traveling. The emotion is real, it just doesn't actually have to do with death. I'm singing about what I know, and it's a song about longing for somebody who's disappeared in your life."
- Jon Crosby
(Related: Life, Death, People, Dying, Emotion, Longing, Singing, Song, Traveling)

"Singing is my life. It has always been my life. It will always be my life."
- Celia Cruz
(Related: Life, Singing, Will)

"When I was nine, we'd take a bus to the seaside. Coming back, we'd take turns entertaining, singing songs and the like. I tried some stand-up comedy. I had a captive audience in that bus. Then I realized I wanted to do more than that."
- Jim Dale
(Related: Comedy, Singing, Songs)

"Singing and being truthful to a song... I've developed that skill, and I know how to do that real instinctively, that's all I've been doing for the last 25 years."
- Taylor Dane
(Related: Being, Singing, Skill, Song, Years)

"You put a song on the record or on tape and you stop singing it. You just don't sit around and sing it anymore unless you're performing. That's kind of sad."
- Rick Danko
(Related: Singing, Song)

"It happens to the best of them. You lay off singing and your throat gets out of practice. No excuses. I blew it."
- Bobby Darin
(Related: Excuses, Practice, Singing)

"I decided I was going to give up singing and concentrate on acting, and a result of that, I didn't do another film for two to three years, and I don't blame it on anybody but myself."
- Bobby Darin
(Related: Acting, Blame, Film, Result, Singing, Years)

"Sinatra was the biggest influence on my life, my singing career. And rightly so. I mean he was the best singer ever."
- James Darren
(Related: Life, Career, Influence, Singing)

"I am working on my nightclub act, definitely want to do more singing."
- Keith David
(Related: Act, Singing, Want)

"I came out singing, the doctor slapped me on the head, and I started singing."
- Keith David
(Related: Singing)

"Conducting has more to do with singing and breathing than with piano-playing."
- Colin R. Davis
(Related: Singing)

"In opera, there is always too much singing."
- Claude Debussy
(Related: Opera, Singing)

"I would think, to me, growing up in the south, growing up with all the gospel music, singing in the church and having that rhythm and blues - the blues background was my big inspiration."
- Jackie DeShannon
(Related: Music, Inspiration, Church, Growing up, Singing)

"Well, as an artist, I think that Elvis's generosity to me he always talked very highly about me, he always spoke very highly about my work and singing and my writing."
- Jackie DeShannon
(Related: Work, Artist, Generosity, Singing, Writing)

"I've never taken vocal lessons. My early trumpet training and a fortunate talent for singing has always been enough for me. In the case of rock singing, I've always felt it was better to remain a bit untrained to maintain your individuality."
- Ronnie James Dio
(Related: Talent, Individuality, Singing, Training)

"I looked in the audience. There were no strangers. Everybody was singing and cheering and hugging. That was a beautiful picture to look at."
- Celine Dion
(Related: Singing, Strangers)

"Singing becomes a form of therapy."
- Placido Domingo
(Related: Singing, Therapy)

"But enough joking. I am singing. This is all my life."
- Placido Domingo
(Related: Life, Singing)

"But I won't deprive myself of singing opera as long as my voice follows."
- Placido Domingo
(Related: Opera, Singing, Voice)

"I then realized that I could never be satisfied again with the mere natural charm of my voice, that I had to constantly paint when singing, melting all the colors, expressing reds and blacks that had to be less primary but bursting with subtly colored combinations."
- Placido Domingo
(Related: Charm, Colors, Singing, Voice)

"In the last century, everybody was singing lower."
- Placido Domingo
(Related: Singing)

"I always thought I was singing American folk music."
- Lonnie Donegan
(Related: Music, Thought, American, Folk, Singing)

"I've done gospel singing. I have a gospel album and country album."
- Donna Douglas
(Related: Country, Singing)

"I was equally in love with singing and acting from an early age."
- Minnie Driver
(Related: Age, Love, Acting, Singing)

"Singing is my dream and, while it may have not been a commercial success, critically I was thrilled with the reception my first album got."
- Minnie Driver
(Related: Success, Dream, First, May, Singing)

"Now my music is kind of pop-rock, right? If I'm 25 and singing still, I don't want to be singing music like that."
- Hilary Duff
(Related: Music, Now, Right, Singing, Want)

"I started taking singing classes just two years ago. It was great. I never knew I could sing but I kind of found my voice."
- Hilary Duff
(Related: Singing, Voice, Years)

"I appreciate what others have done in the past especially for my genre, and my style of singing. And they sure put a footprint - you know, they got the foot in the door, but I'm going to put my foot straight through the door."
- James Durbin
(Related: Past, Singing, Style)

"Oh, well, my first love is comedy or singing and dancing."
- Dick Van Dyke
(Related: Love, Comedy, Dancing, First, First love, Singing)

"I started in 1946 in radio. I was ten years old. I was discovered singing in a school play. Someone was in the audience and it's six degrees of separation."
- Hector Elizondo
(Related: Old, Play, School, Separation, Singing, Years)

"Singing in Gaelic is very, very natural to do. I think lends itself very much so to being sung."
- Enya
(Related: Being, Singing)

"I love to sing old Motown songs to myself, or some Patti Smith Edith Piaf or Billie Holiday. That gets me in the mood for singing."
- Siobhan Fahey
(Related: Love, Holiday, Old, Singing, Songs)

"They were singing, Gillette, the best a man can get, with a lot of guys hugging their fathers and sailing and riding bikes. I suddenly felt a long way from the best a man could get and I thought it would be nice to get from there to the best."
- Craig Ferguson
(Related: Thought, Fathers, Man, Singing)

"My singing voice is somewhere between a drunken apology and a plumbing problem."
- Colin Firth
(Related: Apology, Singing, Voice)

"The only thing better than singing is more singing."
- Ella Fitzgerald
(Related: Singing)

"My parents discussed singing every night over the dinner table; I had a tremendous music education."
- Renee Fleming
(Related: Education, Music, Night, Parents, Singing)

"I wrote that song for my wife, and it's what some guy who's sitting under a tree would be singing to the woman of his life, telling her how wonderful she is. To me, that's more lasting than something that sounds like it belongs on a movie soundtrack."
- John Fogerty
(Related: Life, Wife, Singing, Song, Woman)

"Singing beautiful melodies is one thing, but to deliver the text so that the people understand it, even in a foreign language, has to be worked at very hard."
- Maureen Forrester
(Related: People, Language, Singing)

"I'm singing in the rain, just singing in the rain; What a wonderful feeling, I'm happy again."
- Arthur Freed
(Related: Feeling, Rain, Singing)

"There is no seam between my songs and myself-they really are me. It's not like I'm performing; I'm just singing stuff that I really believe."
- David Friedman
(Related: Singing, Songs)

"I've been doing a lot of studying singing, and I'm thinking of recording an album containing all my old war horses and putting out a songbook at the same time."
- David Friedman
(Related: Time, War, Horses, Old, Singing, Thinking)

"I'm not comfortable singing in front of people yet. That's going to take another 100 performances."
- David Friedman
(Related: People, Singing)

"I don't think we should speak so much. What if we were singing a song? We split, whilst singing."
- Jean Gabin
(Related: Singing, Song)

"In an attempt to amuse my friends and family, I would do impressions of Dean Martin, singing Everybody Loves Somebody. I secretly really enjoyed singing the song."
- Peter Gallagher
(Related: Family, Friends, Martin, Singing, Song)

"Everyone who plays the flute should learn singing."
- James Galway
(Related: Singing)

"There are a lot of unseen elements to having a successful singing career."
- Lesley Garrett
(Related: Successful, Career, Singing)

"I saw The Sound of Music when I was 10 and thought that it was the most beautiful singing I had ever heard."
- Lesley Garrett
(Related: Music, Thought, Singing, Sound)

"Singing is an arduous business and it needs sacrifices."
- Lesley Garrett
(Related: Business, Needs, Singing)

"And I told her point blank, you've got everything to live for. You've got such talent. You're back singing great, lose the weight. And she went and did it, and look at her now!"
- David Gest
(Related: Talent, Singing, Weight)

"The real amazing thing about all of this is I think I've maintained the mentality of a musician throughout it all, which I'm proudest of. And I'm still playing on people's records and singing on people's records."
- Vince Gill
(Related: People, Singing)

"It is not fun singing about losing somebody like that, but at the same time it was easy to write because the memories were so real and vivid and so much a part of who I am."
- Vince Gill
(Related: Time, Fun, Losing, Memories, Singing)

"When I am seriously composing, sometimes a phrase will come into my head, a catch phrase. When I was writing pop songs for a few years, as a career, separate from my folksinging career, I used to write songs for pop singers."
- Tom Glazer
(Related: Career, Songs, Will, Writing, Years)

"Now I'm fortunate to have a good band in CA, and play many solo gigs as well. My point is that I stopped playing in bands and played solo for four years, to get back into the groove and pulse of writing and singing and who I am on stage."
- Arthur Godfrey
(Related: Now, Play, Singing, Writing, Years)

"He asked if I was a songwriter, and I said yeah, that I was in town because I'd won this contest. He said, okay, then he was gonna play me his hit, and started singing 'When it's time to relax, one beer stands clear... '"
- Arthur Godfrey
(Related: Time, Beer, Play, Relax, Singing)

"Unless you're singing something that's kind of in rhythm with the bass, the melodies, it's just difficult."
- Kim Gordon
(Related: Singing)

"I studied German at school. I lived in Berlin for two years and had a German girlfriend for five years, so I don't find speaking German particularly difficult. Singing was slightly more difficult."
- Martin Gore
(Related: Girlfriend, School, Singing, Years)

"I find singing some of Foreigner's older songs are a little reckless and not exactly who I am now."
- Lou Gramm
(Related: Now, Singing, Songs)

"I was a drummer, and I did a little singing too."
- Lou Gramm
(Related: Singing)

"The history of all big jazz bands shows was, first they played for dancing, and then they played for singing."
- Norman Granz
(Related: History, Dancing, First, Jazz, Singing)

"After using four different languages on an album, it's tough to decide which one I'm gonna actually learn to speak. I always study the lyric, make sure I know what I'm singing, and try to get the pronunciation as perfect as possible."
- Josh Groban
(Related: Singing, Study)

"My acting ability would have sent me back to the post office. It was my singing that got me jobs. Ironically, now, people think of me as an actor and don't know me much as a singer."
- Robert Guillaume
(Related: People, Ability, Acting, Actor, Jobs, Now, Office, Post, Singing)

"Listen to the lyrics - we're singing about everyday life: rich people trying to keep money, poor people tying to get it, and everyone having trouble with their husband or wife!"
- Buddy Guy
(Related: Money, HusbPeople, Poor, Singing, Trouble, Trying)

"The reason my voice is sounding more passionate is because I'm singing directly from the heart."
- Sammy Hagar
(Related: Heart, Reason, Singing, Voice)

"If you don't ever stop singing, your voice stays in shape. It's like the marathon runner. You've got to run, run, run to stay in shape."
- Sammy Hagar
(Related: Marathon, Singing, Voice)

"To me acting and singing are worlds apart."
- Emmylou Harris
(Related: Acting, Singing)

"Singing is not indulged in by Rotary clubs of some countries and all clubs are given full privilege to do as they please about including it in their programs."
- Paul Harris
(Related: Countries, Privilege, Singing)

"Actually I have been singing since I was a kid."
- Gregory Harrison
(Related: Singing)

"So I got interested in singing and I have always used my voice. Not professionally as much, but around the living room, the campfire, that kind of thing."
- Gregory Harrison
(Related: Living, Singing, Voice)

"I have to own something before I can say it, and I have to own it before I can sing it as well, emotionally. I only enjoy acting and singing if I am believing what I am doing."
- Gregory Harrison
(Related: Acting, Singing)

"My other advice is to start writing songs and singing right away."
- Jerry Harrison
(Related: Advice, Right, Singing, Songs, Writing)

"I'm singing background on one of Blondie's songs on her new album."
- Melissa Joan Hart
(Related: Singing, Songs)

"There is nothing more boring than doing singing exercises."
- P. J. Harvey
(Related: Nothing, Singing)

"You can alter movie singing so much because you go into the recording studio and, just technology for recording has gotten so good, you can hold out a note and they can combine a note from take 2 and a note from take 8."
- Anne Hathaway
(Related: Technology, Singing)

"I like to express certain things that happen in my life, the joy of spring, the birds singing and young babies coming into the world. You know, the whole thing as well as the part I'm not happy with, the sad part."
- Roy Haynes
(Related: Life, Babies, Birds, Joy, Singing, Spring, World)

"See, that's nothing but blues, that's all I'm singing about. It's today's blues."
- Jimi Hendrix
(Related: Nothing, Singing, Today)

"You don't have to be singing about love all the time in order to give love to the people. You don't have to keep flashing those words all the time."
- Jimi Hendrix
(Related: Love, Time, People, Order, Singing, Words)

"I have a bad back partially from playing the drums and singing. I used to have to hold my body in such a position that my spine got out of alignment."
- Don Henley
(Related: Body, Singing)

"The singing was something I got from my father."
- Woody Herman
(Related: Father, Singing)

"My stuff was more of a folk coffeehouse thing, with more acoustic guitar, just me doing a single, and then adding on instruments and voices, with emphasis on lyrics and singing and light kind of acoustic jazz."
- Dan Hicks
(Related: Folk, Guitar, Jazz, Light, Singing)

"There really aren't any completely Asian people singing right now."
- Utada Hikaru
(Related: People, Now, Right, Singing)

"Singing songs like 'The Man I Love' or 'Porgy' is no more work than sitting down and eating Chinese roast duck, and I love roast duck."
- Billie Holiday
(Related: Love, Work, Eating, Man, Singing, Songs)

"I hate straight singing. I have to change a tune to my own way of doing it. That's all I know."
- Billie Holiday
(Related: Change, Hate, Singing)

"And in singing, what my voice lacked in quality it made up for in volume."
- Hedda Hopper
(Related: Quality, Singing, Voice)

"My own singing voice is not very good and I don't think that anybody really sings in their own voice."
- Jane Horrocks
(Related: Singing, Voice)

"I find singing as somebody else very liberating, it just frees me up."
- Jane Horrocks
(Related: Singing)

"The worst feature of a new baby is its mother's singing."
- Kin Hubbard
(Related: Mother, Baby, Singing)

"When I sing, I pick out people in the audience and pinpoint on them. So if you feel that I am singing just for you, you may be right!"
- Glenn Hughes
(Related: People, May, Singing)

"My singing wasn't horrible, but my dancing really made it look silly. It's not like I'm a horrible singer that can't sing. But I don't have the consistency or the presentation skills that a good performer has."
- William Hung
(Related: Consistency, Dancing, Silly, Singing)

"I was just trying out and having some fun. I don't think I'd want to pursue singing as a career; it's an on-the-side thing. It would be great if I could make a career out of it but if I can't, that's OK too."
- William Hung
(Related: Career, Fun, Singing, Trying, Want)

"I was a little bit wary of playing Nicholas. In the script, which I think is true of the novel and the film, he's the only character not singing and dancing in a musical style. Playing someone who is the personification of good is a little difficult."
- Charlie Hunnam
(Related: Character, Dancing, Film, Singing, Style)

"That's the thing that we said about the horn before: it's a focus issue. It's like a singer versus a drummer. If a drummer's playing a drum beat, and a singer starts singing, what do you think the audience is going to do?"
- Charlie Hunter
(Related: Focus, Singing)

"Love, I find, is like singing. Everybody can do enough to satisfy themselves, though it may not impress the neighbors as being very much."
- Zora Neale Hurston
(Related: Love, Being, May, Neighbors, Singing)

"We should face reality and our past mistakes in an honest, adult way. Boasting of glory does not make glory, and singing in the dark does not dispel fear."
- King Hussein
(Related: Fear, Glory, Mistakes, Past, Reality, Singing)

"The cool wind blew in my face and all at once I felt as if I had shed dullness from myself. Before me lay a long gray line with a black mark down the center. The birds were singing. It was spring."
- Burl Ives
(Related: Birds, Singing, Spring, Wind)

"Boy bands should be exploded from a great height. They're just pretty people singing music written by others."
- Eddie Izzard
(Related: Music, People, Pretty, Singing)

"Probably some of the songs I never even really listened to the lyrics. Half of them I'd hear off the radio and was probably singing the wrong words and didn't even know it."
- Alan Jackson
(Related: Singing, Songs, Words, Wrong)

"Time is important to me because I want to sing long enough to leave a message. I'm used to singing in churches where nobody would dare stop me until the Lord arrives!"
- Mahalia Jackson
(Related: Time, Churches, Singing, Want)

"Anybody singing the blues is in a deep pit yelling for help."
- Mahalia Jackson
(Related: Deep, Help, Singing)

"As I go back and listen, the other girls weren't singing quite like I was."
- Wanda Jackson
(Related: Girls, Singing)

"I learned so much about recording and about singing on records from Ken Nelson."
- Wanda Jackson
(Related: Singing)

"I'd rather be dead than singing "Satisfaction" when I'm forty-five."
- Mick Jagger
(Related: Singing)

"Learn it well in your head, know it well, pick things you know and bring the old you and all the experience you have from singing these various kinds of feelings that are still related to what I have done in the rest of my career."
- Al Jarreau
(Related: Experience, Feelings, Career, Old, Rest, Singing)

"That's the best way to feed the human mind. That's how Bob Marley did it. He never put it in your face. After you got the groove, you were just singing the hooks, because you thought it was cool."
- Wyclef Jean
(Related: Thought, Mind, Singing)

"The real exertion in the case of an opera singer lies not so much in her singing as in her acting of a role, for nearly every modern opera makes great dramatic and physical demands."
- Maria Jeritza
(Related: Acting, Lies, Opera, Singing)

"I can't imagine actually singing on this show like I did on 'Felicity,' but it would be kind of funny."
- Amy Jo Johnson
(Related: Funny, Singing)

"What was important to me was entertaining the audience, and whether that meant winning, losing, singing, or whatever it was on the live show we were doing every week, which was awesome, I was game for it."
- Dwayne Johnson
(Related: Winning, Losing, Singing)

"I'd love to do a musical. I've been known to have a good step or two. I'm half Samoan, you know, and part of our culture is singing and dancing daily."
- Dwayne Johnson
(Related: Love, Culture, Dancing, Singing)

"Shortly after this I was made a member of the boys' choir, it being found that I possessed a clear, strong soprano voice. I enjoyed the singing very much."
- James Weldon Johnson
(Related: Being, Boys, Singing, Voice)

"You sang in church, you know, and you didn't act at all. You tried not to act, you tried to tell the truth. The idea of being a troubadour on the road singing for your supper was very disturbing to him."
- James Earl Jones
(Related: Truth, Idea, Church, Act, Being, Road, Singing)

"In college I had a weekend gig at a restaurant, a solo thing that was the best practice I could have ever had. That's where I learned to coordinate my singing and my piano playing."
- Norah Jones
(Related: College, Practice, Singing, Weekend)

"You didn't hear the angels singing. It was brought down to Mother Earth, which is where it should be. And that led me to a lot of other reading."
- Harvey Keitel
(Related: Mother, Angels, Earth, Reading, Singing)

"My father started me singing in church."
- DeForest Kelley
(Related: Father, Church, Singing)

"Singing instrumental music is most important because, while you play an instrument, you are singing through the instrument... actually, you are singing inside."
- Ali Akbar Khan
(Related: Music, Play, Singing)

"He didn't want me to become a musician, he wanted me to be a doctor, because he said singing was too hard."
- Nusrat F. A. Khan
(Related: Singing, Want)

"We didn't have movies in this little mining town. When I was 12 my mom took me to New York and I saw Bye Bye Birdie, with people singing and dancing, and that was it."
- Margot Kidder
(Related: Mom, Movies, People, Dancing, Singing)

"We influence singing but never really songwriting."
- Charles King
(Related: Influence, Singing)

"Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful,' and sitting in the shade."
- Rudyard Kipling
(Related: Gardens, Singing)

"There happened to be guitar classes at the college, and there was a guitar teacher there with whom I used to play. In addition, I also would go out into country schools and teach little kids basic guitar and singing a few times a week."
- Mark Knopfler
(Related: College, Country, Guitar, Kids, Play, Schools, Singing)

"To teach a child an instrument without first giving him preparatory training and without developing singing, reading and dictating to the highest level along with the playing is to build upon sand."
- Zoltan Kodaly
(Related: First, Giving, Reading, Singing, Training)

"Singing connected with movements and action is a much more ancient, and, at the same time, more complex phenomenon than is a simple song."
- Zoltan Kodaly
(Related: Time, Action, Singing, Song)

"There were some things that I found I really enjoyed singing about; like, on the title track, there's this film-noir character of a woman who's sort of losing it in a room."
- Diana Krall
(Related: Character, Film, Losing, Singing, Woman)

"I don't have the will for singing but I must do it."
- Alfredo Kraus
(Related: Singing, Will)

"Singing is a form of admitting that I'm alive."
- Alfredo Kraus
(Related: Singing)

"Well, I actually first got into music as a small child, and as I became a teen, I sought out making money from music, weather that was singing lounge gigs, backup in studios, or weddings."
- Chantal Kreviazuk
(Related: Money, Music, Teen, First, Singing, Weather, Weddings)

"I never thought I would be singing for the world."
- Patti LaBelle
(Related: Thought, Singing, World)

"There is delight in singing, though none hear beside the singer."
- Walter Savage Landor
(Related: Delight, Singing)

"The Siren waits thee, singing song for song."
- Walter Savage Landor
(Related: Singing, Song)

"You have to respect your audience. Without them, you're essentially standing alone, singing to yourself."
- K. D. Lang
(Related: Respect, Singing)

"I worked on my voice for Sweet Dreams, but only to match my speaking voice to Patsy's actual singing voice. That was my way into that character."
- Jessica Lange
(Related: Dreams, Character, Singing, Voice)

"After being so bad I could hear the angels singing."
- Lillie Langtry
(Related: Angels, Being, Singing)

"I get the greatest feeling when I'm singing. It's other-worldly. Your feet are anchored into the Earth and into this energy force that comes up through your feet and goes up the top of your head and maybe you're holding hands with the angels or the stars, I have no idea."
- Cyndi Lauper
(Related: Idea, Angels, Earth, Energy, Feeling, Feet, Force, Singing, Stars)

"As the audiences got larger, the participation got larger. And I found myself in Dallas, and 20,000 people were singing 'Madonna Whore' back at me. I thought... this is really a great thing. They wanted to hear it really badly, and here they are."
- Cyndi Lauper
(Related: Thought, People, Audiences, Participation, Singing)

"I created Punk for this day and age. Do you see Britney walking around wearing ties and singing punk? Hell no. That's what I do. I'm like a Sid Vicious for a new generation."
- Avril Lavigne
(Related: Age, Day, Hell, Punk, Singing, Walking)

"The story about me, apocryphal or not, is that I could sing before I spoke. My parents went into bedroom one day and there I was standing in the crib singing God Bless America."
- Linda Lavin
(Related: God, America, Day, Parents, Singing)

"It was always acting, singing and dancing that I loved."
- Linda Lavin
(Related: Acting, Dancing, Singing)

"My mother gave me singing lessons; that was totally painful, because I couldn't do what she wanted to hear. She used to say: there's more there, there's more voice but I just didn't want to give it to her."
- Linda Lavin
(Related: Mother, Singing, Voice, Want)

"Retire? Not on your life. I have no plans to stop singing. What are you going to do when you love music? It's a terrible disease. You can't stop. Of course, I'd like to get off the road."
- Peggy Lee
(Related: Love, Life, Music, Disease, Road, Singing)

"I disliked singing in English and neither liked the story nor the character of Cressida."
- Walter Legge
(Related: Character, English, Singing)

"Inspiration is enough to give expression to the tone in singing, especially when the song is without words."
- Franz Liszt
(Related: Inspiration, Expression, Singing, Song, Words)

"Rock n' Roll came from the slaves singing gospel in the fields. Their lives were hell and they used music to lift out of it, to take them away. That's what rock n' roll should do - take you to a better place."
- Meat Loaf
(Related: Music, Hell, Singing)

"I write a lot of lyrics and I'm involved in the producing process, because it's like, if I'm singing it, I want it to be something that I can relate to."
- Lindsay Lohan
(Related: Singing, Want)

"I really enjoy singing and I really enjoy acting, but singing I've been doing since I was really young."
- Lindsay Lohan
(Related: Acting, Singing)

"I wanted to bring back that big, ballad type of music that we used to love so much. Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, when they first came out, that's what I grew up singing."
- LaToya London
(Related: Love, Music, First, Houston, Singing)

"My parents wanted me to be a lawyer. But I don't think I would have been very happy. I'd be in front of the jury singing."
- Jennifer Lopez
(Related: Jury, Parents, Singing)

"Singing your own songs is all about individual expression."
- Lyle Lovett
(Related: Expression, Singing, Songs)

"I just prefer instrumental. I don't need to hear what other people are singing. And if I need music as a backdrop to work or to think, I need to have that part of the brain clear - I don't need people feeding their fantasies into my vision."
- Lydia Lunch
(Related: Music, Work, People, Vision, Singing)

"You're going to be entertained. But when you finish hearing me singing, you're going to want to keep going, and you're going to keep believing and that's the kind of artist I am."
- Jacob Lusk
(Related: Artist, Hearing, Singing, Want)

"A clock struck out the hour of twelve, and the bird in the hedgerow was still singing as we marched out to the roadway, and followed our merry pipers home to town."
- Patrick MacGill
(Related: Home, Singing)

"I was just in the middle of singing a song about how broke we were and now my cell phone rings."
- Joel Madden
(Related: Now, Singing, Song)

"I never decided to start singing, to be a singer."
- Stephen Malkmus
(Related: Singing)

"I have been singing for the last 50 years, you know, so I deserve a break. Besides, there are talented singers around who can do justice to their work."
- Lata Mangeshkar
(Related: Work, Justice, Singing, Years)

"There's really nothing else I'm going to do with my life. I'd be useless if I weren't singing or acting."
- Taryn Manning
(Related: Life, Acting, Nothing, Singing)

"My singing is my hobby. It's me and my brother. We just enjoy writing music."
- Taryn Manning
(Related: Music, Brother, Singing, Writing)

"I just had to find something else to fulfill me. Always being a singer and writing, it was a blessing. My brother started making music that was the kind of music I always saw myself singing."
- Taryn Manning
(Related: Music, Brother, Being, Singing, Writing)

"We went on stage with the Jefferson Airplane, Jim started singing with Grace Slick and hugging her. Then he danced off the stage, went back into the dressing room and passed out cold."
- Ray Manzarek
(Related: Grace, Singing)

"When I was 12 and started to take singing lessons from a woman, she told me that I would probably spend the rest of my life taking care of my voice."
- Johnny Mathis
(Related: Life, Care, Rest, Singing, Voice, Woman)

"You know, your speaking voice comes back, but your singing voice you use in a different way."
- Kathy Mattea
(Related: Singing, Voice)

"Or if I have my head in the results, I can't work with what I have, because I'm trying to force something to happen. And with singing, any time you force it, you tighten up. If you tighten up, you're screwed, nothing will work."
- Kathy Mattea
(Related: Time, Work, Force, Nothing, Results, Singing, Trying, Will)

"I hope that what it comes down to at the end of the day is that people believe that I believe what I'm singing. It comes down to being believable. You don't have to be likeable; generally, though, I think I am."
- John Mayer
(Related: People, Hope, Being, Day, End, Singing)

"I'm singing what I want to sing based on the emotion of what that day feels like. That's what comes out of my mouth and guitar. That impacts people. They know anything can happen."
- John Mayer
(Related: People, Day, Emotion, Guitar, Singing, Want)

"In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place, and in the sky, The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard among the guns below."
- John McCrae
(Related: Larks, Poppies, Singing, Sky)

"I sing both in my shower and in my car, mostly in my car, because I have this weird thing - whenever I'm singing to the radio - my friends kind of hate it - but I pick out the harmonies in my head, and I'm singing the harmonies to the tracks and I'm jamming it out."
- Paul McDonald
(Related: Car, Friends, Hate, Singing)

"For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness."
- Reba McEntire
(Related: Darkness, Healing, Hurt, Light, Open, Singing, Songs)

"I was singing a lot of waltzes. And I was with Jerry Kennedy, my producer, and he was playing me some songs, and he said, hey, I want to play you this song that I'm going to get Jackie Ward to record."
- Reba McEntire
(Related: Play, Singing, Song, Songs, Want)

"Then when I was in grammar school I played the clarinet, and then, after clarinet I played the flute in college orchestra - besides singing in the college chorus and things like that."
- Bobby McFerrin
(Related: College, Grammar, School, Singing)

"Then I came up with this crazy idea just to walk out on the stage with no band at all and just start singing whatever came to mind. I actually fought the idea for a while because it seemed almost too radical, but it became obvious what I was supposed to be doing."
- Bobby McFerrin
(Related: Idea, Mind, Obvious, Radical, Singing)

"I don't want anything to get in the way of me and my singing. I want my mind as clear as possible."
- Bobby McFerrin
(Related: Mind, Singing, Want)

"I keep these songs in my head until I get behind the microphone. I never spend more than 30 or 40 minutes singing the vocal or it will sound mechanical. There are always mistakes, but it's about feeling more than being perfect."
- Brian McKnight
(Related: Being, Feeling, Mistakes, Singing, Songs, Sound, Will)

"The modern Little Red Riding Hood, reared on singing commercials, has no objection to being eaten by the wolf."
- Marshall McLuhan
(Related: Being, Singing)

"The type of music that I love to sing would have to be more bluesy and jazzy and more soul-like 'cause I love to belt when it comes to singing, so I guess bigger songs are what I lean more towards."
- Thia Megia
(Related: Love, Music, Soul, Singing, Songs)

"I prefer to sing in the shower 'cause the acoustics are really, really good, I mean, when you're singing against the tile walls then you really hear yourself, hear your voice, you know, throwing itself back at you."
- Thia Megia
(Related: Singing, Voice)

"I was always singing and dancing for my mother when I wasn't glued to the television watching I Love Lucy or the Carol Burnett Show."
- Debra Messing
(Related: Love, Mother, Dancing, Singing, Television)

"The most enjoyable part of my career is singing live."
- Luis Miguel
(Related: Career, Singing)

"Even if I don't have the money to take vocal lessons, I'll practice in the house by myself singing out loud."
- Christina Milian
(Related: Money, Practice, Singing)

"The Teutons have been singing the swan song ever since they entered the ranks of history. They have always confounded truth with death."
- Henry Miller
(Related: Death, History, Truth, Singing, Song)

"I spent many years laughing at Harry Secombe's singing until somebody told me that it wasn't a joke."
- Spike Milligan
(Related: Singing, Years)

"This is something I love to do. I've never had any other job. I love singing and entertaining."
- Stephanie Mills
(Related: Love, Job, Singing)

"Well, we have theatrical parties. It's not me singing. People like to get up and jam on the piano."
- Liza Minnelli
(Related: People, Singing)

"You know, Neil Young is singing Rock n' roll will never die, and Neil never rocked and rolled in his life. I mean, he rocked, but he didn't roll. He has got no swing in him."
- Joni Mitchell
(Related: Life, Singing, Will)

"I do, too, most recently while I was singing karaoke in some weird bar."
- Radha Mitchell
(Related: Singing)

"The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough."
- George Edward Moore
(Related: Art, Men, Angels, Garden, Singing, Twilight)

"There were wonderful moments when I was singing for the first time in the Olympia Theatre and I was pregnant with my son, which was very, very strange for a singer."
- Nana Mouskouri
(Related: Time, Son, First, Moments, Singing, Theatre)

"When I was singing, everybody liked me."
- Nana Mouskouri
(Related: Singing)

"My energy to sing, I get it from my singing. Singing was not a reason to make a living. This is the only thing I wanted to do."
- Nana Mouskouri
(Related: Energy, Living, Reason, Singing)

"I grew up thinking that singing was my security."
- Nana Mouskouri
(Related: Security, Singing, Thinking)

"When you find yourself on stage singing and you are embarrassed about what you are singing in front of your peers, then you have to think about your priorities."
- Alison Moyet
(Related: Priorities, Singing)

"There has always been a feeling with people that they love my singing but not always the choice of material."
- Alison Moyet
(Related: Love, People, Choice, Feeling, Singing)

"They were singing in French, but the melody was freedom and any American could understand that."
- Audie Murphy
(Related: American, Freedom, Singing)

"Ever since I was a little kid, whenever my parents would have company over, I would put on shows, whether they would be magic shows, singing shows, dancing shows, little skits."
- Ellen Muth
(Related: Company, Dancing, Magic, Parents, Singing)

"If I didn't think and feel the way I think and feel, I couldn't sing the way I sing. And I like singing the way I sing."
- Holly Near
(Related: Singing)

"I was influenced a lot by those around me - there was a lot of singing that went on in the cotton fields."
- Willie Nelson
(Related: Singing)

"The very first Walnut Whales recording was recorded just a few weeks after I had started singing, out of the blue, started singing. And the voice, you can hear how uncomfortable I am with it, and how terrified I am with it."
- Joanna Newsom
(Related: First, Singing, Voice)

"I recorded harp first or singing first. I recorded it all together. Part of the reason is that I don't know how to play the songs without also singing. I forget how they progress. I don't think that any of them are verse, chorus, verse, and so on. They are not simple."
- Joanna Newsom
(Related: Progress, First, Forget, Play, Reason, Singing, Songs)

"Nothing I have done professionally will top the feeling I got when singing with John Farnham at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney."
- Olivia Newton-John
(Related: Feeling, Games, Nothing, Singing, Will)

"Singing is the love of my life, but I was ready to give it all up because I couldn't handle people talking about how fat I was."
- Stevie Nicks
(Related: Love, Life, People, Singing, Talking)

"I bet Maurice Gibb's heart monitor was singing the tune of Stayin' Alive."
- Graham Norton
(Related: Heart, Singing)

"But this is pretty new for me, both songwriting and singing."
- Krist Novoselic
(Related: Pretty, Singing)

"When I'm up on stage, I don't think about anything except the song I'm singing. Anyway, the majority of my audience is female, and I can't think that many of them want to see me a French maid outfit somehow!"
- Louise Nurding
(Related: Majority, Singing, Song, Want)

"Singing has always seemed to me the most perfect means of expression. It is so spontaneous. And after singing, I think the violin. Since I cannot sing, I paint."
- Georgia O'Keeffe
(Related: Expression, Singing)

"I think that one of Elvis' charms was that he could sing almost any kind of music. I am sure that in his heart, which I don't know what was there, but just from his singing I could feel that he was very partial to gospel music."
- Patti Page
(Related: Music, Heart, Singing)

"I will be singing primarily all the songs from the musicals that I have been in from over the years."
- Elaine Paige
(Related: Singing, Songs, Will, Years)

"I'm very conscious of developing my singing, technically and stylistically. I want it to become more individual, express more of me. That's my goal. These songs are steps along that way."
- Madeleine Peyroux
(Related: Goal, Singing, Songs, Want)

"Singing is a way of escaping. It's another world. I'm no longer on earth."
- Edith Piaf
(Related: Earth, Singing, World)

"I miss my singing career very much."
- Elvis Presley
(Related: Career, Singing)

"I like to sing ballads the way Eddie Fisher does and the way Perry Como does. But the way I'm singing now is what makes the money."
- Elvis Presley
(Related: Money, Ballads, Now, Singing)

"The colored folks been singing it and playing it just like I'm doin' now, man, for more years than I know. I got it from them."
- Elvis Presley
(Related: Man, Now, Singing, Years)

"The closest I ever came to getting married was just before I started singing. In fact, my first record saved my neck."
- Elvis Presley
(Related: Fact, First, Singing)

"People ask me where I got my singing style. I didn't copy my style from anybody."
- Elvis Presley
(Related: People, Singing, Style)

"Mostly singing was cathartic, writing was cathartic, therapeutic. I don't think I had a goal, particularly, to sing or put it out there for anybody."
- Lisa Marie Presley
(Related: Goal, Singing, Writing)

"I remember him watching me through the crack of a door singing with a hairbrush. I was in front of his mirror. I think he wanted me to sing. He would get me on the table and make me sing sometimes or play the piano. He was very encouraging on that front."
- Lisa Marie Presley
(Related: Encouraging, Play, Singing)

"Hopefully I'll be successful with the singing, but there are so many other things I want to do, like acting. I'll do them one at a time first!"
- Katie Price
(Related: Time, Successful, Acting, Singing, Want)

"A black man singing about a blond girl was potential trouble."
- Charley Pride
(Related: Man, Potential, Singing, Trouble)

"Singing as a full-time job was not something I had given a lot of thought to and I had no clear notion of the money to be made in it."
- Charley Pride
(Related: Money, Thought, Job, Singing)

"When Ulysses hears his own story sung by an epic poet and then he reveals his identity and the poet wants to continue singing, Ulysses isn't interested any longer. That's very astonishing."
- Raymond Queneau
(Related: Identity, Singing)

"Verse, singing, and speech have a common origin."
- Jean Philippe Rameau
(Related: Singing, Speech)

"Music is the greatest communication in the world. Even if people don't understand the language that you're singing in, they still know good music when they hear it."
- Lou Rawls
(Related: Music, People, Communication, Language, Singing, World)

"I saw part of The Singing Detective on TV in New York. I said, Something is going on here."
- Alain Resnais
(Related: Singing)

"I think people who don't believe in God are crazy. How can you say there is no God when you hear the birds singing these beautiful songs you didn't make?"
- Little Richard
(Related: God, People, Birds, Singing, Songs)

"But I was singing loud, and most singers weren't singing loud."
- Little Richard
(Related: Singing)

"I had been singing all my life, but I started acting in high school."
- Kevin Richardson
(Related: Life, Acting, School, Singing)

"I think singing traditional country is wonderful, because I'm bringing it to my generation and to the younger kids."
- LeAnn Rimes
(Related: Country, Kids, Singing)

"One of my favorites is 'The Sound of Music'. When Julie Andrews runs through the hills singing her head off, I always wish that a gust of wind would blow her skirt up."
- Mark Roberts
(Related: Music, Singing, Sound, Wind)

"I'm not a big fan of Robert Plant's lyrics or his singing."
- Chris Robinson
(Related: Singing)

"Who's judging American Idol? Paula Abdul? Paula Abdul judging a singing contest is like Christopher Reeve judging a dance contest!"
- Chris Rock
(Related: Dance, American, Singing)

"My heart is like a singing bird."
- Christina Rossetti
(Related: Heart, Singing)

"I started singing at the Met when I was seven, and the competition was so fierce that it really prepared me."
- Emily Rossum
(Related: Competition, Singing)

"I hear the singing of the lives of women. They clear mystery, the offering, and pride."
- Muriel Rukeyser
(Related: Women, Mystery, Pride, Singing)

"I'm more relaxed when I can hear the beat clearly all the time I'm singing."
- Jimmy Rushing
(Related: Time, Singing)

"No; we have been as usual asking the wrong question. It does not matter a hoot what the mockingbird on the chimney is singing. The real and proper question is: Why is it beautiful?"
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Question, Singing, Wrong)

"I can remember standing in the middle of the field after the race and seeing the American flag raised and hearing 'The Star Spangled Banner' and all the people singing it. Then I walked off the field and just kind of enjoyed the feeling."
- Elizabeth Robinson Schwartz
(Related: People, American, Feeling, Hearing, Race, Singing)

"Here, like everywhere else, laughing and singing, dancing and dreaming are not exactly the whole of reality; and for one ray of sun shining on the hut, the rest of the village remains in the dark."
- Simone Schwarz-Bart
(Related: Dancing, Reality, Rest, Singing, Sun)

"The artists who stand out to me have a passion for what they do. There are a lot of people who can sing. It's just like when you go to church and people are singing because it sounds good, not because it feels good. There's a difference."
- Jill Scott
(Related: People, Church, Artists, Difference, Passion, Singing)

"A real active music set, based and really concentrated on what the music's all about. That's what I'm all about - singing and a really good strong music set."
- Jon Secada
(Related: Music, Singing)

"I grew up in a community that was bilingual. I've done it for a while, singing in both languages."
- Jon Secada
(Related: Community, Singing)

"Again, I say I will be glad to tell what songs I have ever sung, because singing is my business."
- Pete Seeger
(Related: Business, Singing, Songs, Will)

"I'll only stop singing when I'm in my grave."
- Compay Segundo
(Related: Grave, Singing)

"Every time I talk about this, I say: when the singer is singing, he must be respected, you must be able to hear what he's saying. You can't put a trombone and a drum up there, and a microphone on the drum, microphones on everybody. You can't hear what he's saying."
- Compay Segundo
(Related: Time, Saying, Singing, Talk)

"It always makes me sad when I think of how I saw Wagner wasting his vitality, not only by singing their parts to some of his artists, but acting out the smallest details, and of how few they were who were responsive to his wishes."
- Anton Seidl
(Related: Acting, Artists, Singing, Vitality, Wishes)

"I have often heard the statement made by foreign singers, as a demonstrated fact, that the German artists are artists in feeling indeed, and serious in their devotion, but that their singing is crude."
- Anton Seidl
(Related: Artists, Devotion, Fact, Feeling, Singing)

"It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper."
- Rod Serling
(Related: Dancing, Singing, Television)

"Singing was my first love and I never even considered it after I started acting, but now I'm bringing it back into my life. I trained from the ages of 11 to 17. When I moved to New York and got into serious acting, I just kind of abandoned the whole singing thing. But when I grew up in Pennsylvania I went to voice lessons once a week."
- Amanda Seyfried
(Related: Love, Life, Acting, First, First love, Now, Singing, Voice)

"Singing is a way of releasing an emotion that you sometimes can't portray when you're acting. And music moves your soul, so music is the source of the most intense emotions you can feel. When you hear a song and you're acting it's incredible. But when you're singing a song and you're acting it's even more incredible."
- Amanda Seyfried
(Related: Music, Soul, Acting, Emotion, Emotions, Singing, Song)

"I went to art school when I was little. I took ballet lessons. I played a little kick ball. I was sort of into everything because I had too much energy and I didn't know where to put it. When I was a preteen, I got into singing, and became really obsessed with it."
- Amanda Seyfried
(Related: Art, Ballet, Energy, School, Singing)

"When I became 16 I started thinking seriously about singing."
- Tommy Shaw
(Related: Singing, Thinking)

"I was born in Alabama and my first live music experiences were in church. Every Sunday we watched regional gospel groups on television singing their hearts out."
- Tommy Shaw
(Related: Music, Church, First, Singing, Television)

"58% of the American public are with us. We're preaching to the choir, but the choir's not singing, if all of the 58% started singing, this war would end."
- Cindy Sheehan
(Related: War, American, End, Preaching, Public, Singing)

"I also wanted to make a record that was about other things than romance, yeah, after two years on the road singing all the songs from the first album, I got kind of tired of that."
- Duncan Sheik
(Related: Romance, First, Road, Singing, Songs, Years)

"Writing and singing does give me some kind of release from the demons of my past, it is a therapy of sorts, but to be honest, my marriage played a more important role in the acceptance of myself than performance has ever done."
- Michelle Shocked
(Related: Marriage, Performance, Acceptance, Past, Singing, Therapy, Writing)

"I can't remember a time when I wasn't singing."
- Dinah Shore
(Related: Time, Singing)

"My look was even more solidified when I started singing in Greenwich Village with my sister Lucy. We wore matching dresses as the Simon Sisters."
- Carly Simon
(Related: Sister, Singing, Sisters)

"I'm not in it for the money. I like music. I love to write music. I can't imagine myself not playing or singing or writing. It would just drive me crazy if I didn't."
- Paul Simon
(Related: Love, Money, Music, Singing, Writing)

"I was singing about six notes higher than I had to, in a range that kept me up in a bubblegum sound."
- Nancy Sinatra
(Related: Singing, Sound)

"Country and western is ignored by the intellectuals. They don't look at it as an art form. They think it's just somebody sitting on his couch singing about his life."
- Ricky Skaggs
(Related: Art, Life, Country, Intellectuals, Singing)

"My singing is part of me, like my stoutness, or my light hair, or my poor eyesight."
- Kate Smith
(Related: Hair, Light, Poor, Singing)

"Since I have been singing for so many years, I don't always need to approach a song quite so laboriously and meticulously."
- Kate Smith
(Related: Singing, Song, Years)

"This nation loves singing and loves acting."
- Kate Smith
(Related: Acting, Nation, Singing)

"I was always daydreaming about singing in big productions on Broadway."
- Kate Smith
(Related: Singing)

"I must work hard to make my singing above reproach; there must be no faults which hard work would take care of."
- Kate Smith
(Related: Work, Care, Faults, Hard work, Singing)

"In fact, people have been very complimentary about my act and very tolerant of my singing ability."
- Brett Somers
(Related: People, Ability, Act, Fact, Singing)

"When Frank the Pug is singing I Will Survive, the only reason it's funny is that Will is in that shot trying not to get angry. A shot of a dog singing I Will Survive on its own will not get a laugh."
- Barry Sonnenfeld
(Related: Funny, Reason, Singing, Trying, Will)

"I used to cry myself to sleep every night. I missed singing so much. And performing. Man, I missed it so much."
- Ronnie Spector
(Related: Man, Night, Singing, Sleep)

"I love Ruth Brown, not just her singing, but Ruth Brown has more girl power than anyone, because she fought hard against people who ripped her off and then helped other artists through the Rhythm and Blues Foundation."
- Ronnie Spector
(Related: Love, Power, People, Artists, Singing)

"I had four or five years in school training as a soprano. I fell into pop singing because of economics. I got out of high school and had to go work, and they weren't hiring opera singers."
- Jo Stafford
(Related: Work, Economics, Hiring, Opera, School, Singing, Training, Years)

"I started out when I was about 12, playing drums. I started singing when I was about 15."
- Layne Staley
(Related: Singing)

"I don't believe in singing lessons. You can sing or you can't."
- Harry Dean Stanton
(Related: Singing)

"I really liked the Mariachi singing in Westerns."
- Harry Dean Stanton
(Related: Singing)

"Speech lessons probably did more for my singing voice - they teach you breathing, resonance."
- Harry Dean Stanton
(Related: Singing, Speech, Voice)

"A woman is a branchy tree and man a singing wind; and from her branches carelessly he takes what he can find."
- James Stephens
(Related: Man, Singing, Wind, Woman)

"With the supermarket as our temple and the singing commercial as our litany, are we likely to fire the world with an irresistible vision of America's exalted purpose and inspiring way of life?"
- Adlai Stevenson
(Related: Life, Purpose, Vision, Temple, America, Fire, Inspiring, Singing, World)

"I started singing in the bathroom. Nothing was coming out. It was ghastly."
- Rod Stewart
(Related: Nothing, Singing)

"Half the battle is selling music, not singing it. It's the image, not what you sing."
- Rod Stewart
(Related: Music, Selling, Battle, Singing)

"My friends are Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen, and we're singing about mortality, getting older. It's an interesting time."
- Sting
(Related: Time, Friends, Mortality, Singing)

"I don't like singing before noon."
- Sting
(Related: Singing)

"I hated singing. I wanted to be an actress. But I don't think I'd have made it any other way."
- Barbra Streisand
(Related: Singing)

"What I like about playing America is you can be pretty sure you're not going to get hit with a full can of beer when you're singing and I really enjoy that!"
- Joe Strummer
(Related: America, Beer, Pretty, Singing)

"My heart is singing for joy this morning! A miracle has happened! The light of understanding has shone upon my little pupil's mind, and behold, all things are changed!"
- Anne Sullivan
(Related: Heart, Joy, Light, Mind, Singing, Understanding)

"I'm very happy to sing whatever I'm singing. I've always enjoyed any role I've been given at a certain time. They've all been favourites, they've all been wonderful pieces to play."
- Joan Sutherland
(Related: Time, Play, Singing)

"When you're singing you can hear the echo of people in the audience singing every single word with you, and that was that big dream that I had for myself. It's happening."
- Taylor Swift
(Related: People, Dream, Echo, Singing, Word)

"I think I first realized I wanted to be in country music and be an artist when I was 10. And I started dragging my parents to festivals, and fairs, and karaoke contests, and I did that for about a year before I came to Nashville for the first time. I was 11 and I had this demo CD of me singing Dixie Chicks and Leanne Rimes songs."
- Taylor Swift
(Related: Music, Time, Artist, Country, Country music, First, Parents, Singing, Songs)

"If you feel like singing along, don't."
- James Taylor
(Related: Singing)

"It's nice to finally have a CD out which reflects my songwriting, my singing and the band that I have."
- Mick Taylor
(Related: Singing)

"I enjoy all aspects of singing and I'm luckily given the choice to be part of different styles of music."
- Bryn Terfel
(Related: Music, Choice, Singing)

"But without the experience of actually singing or playing these things yourself, you don't have the same kind of involvement or understanding of what these musical moves mean. And that is a very big problem in addressing the future of music."
- Michael Tilson Thomas
(Related: Experience, Music, Future, Singing, Understanding)

"If I did any movies I'd have to take a break from singing, because I'd want it to be really good."
- Justin Timberlake
(Related: Movies, Singing, Want)

"The Indian knew how to live without wants, to suffer without complaint, and to die singing."
- Alexis de Tocqueville
(Related: Complaint, Singing)

"I grew up on musicals, and I know they are quite the thing now, but I'm actually a little indignant, because I started taking singing lessons years ago - I put the time in!"
- Marisa Tomei
(Related: Time, Now, Singing, Years)

"I just want to make everybody feel what I'm singing. And just to relate to me and know that this has been dream since I was a little girl. I've worked so hard for this, and I just want them to connect with me."
- Pia Toscano
(Related: Dream, Singing, Want)

"It was an experience being on a Beatles tour. They weren't very good. The singing was great, but the playing was a bit weak."
- Robin Trower
(Related: Experience, Being, Singing)

"I would much rather be a better mother or better human being than I would be a singer. Fortunately for me singing makes me a living."
- Tanya Tucker
(Related: Mother, Being, Living, Singing)

"I have always been intrigued with singing and I actually started my career in musical comedies."
- Janine Turner
(Related: Career, Singing)

"Dysphonia is not a singing problem. It's a voice box issue in the muscle on the voice, very different from having a nodule on the vocal cords, which I've never had. I'm lucky that I've never had that. It needs a long renewal time, and even today, I am still addressing it."
- Shania Twain
(Related: Time, Needs, Singing, Today, Voice)

"I think one of the most difficult challenges in show business is the challenge of longevity and to constantly realize and reveal what's already been there - like doing stage and singing and dancing in New York. I haven't been that far out of my comfort zone in a while."
- Blair Underwood
(Related: Business, Challenge, Comfort, Dancing, Longevity, Singing, Zone)

"I wondered how people would take me being a country music singer. I thought about deviating from that and singing other things. But... it doesn't really make sense for me to try to be something that I'm not."
- Carrie Underwood
(Related: Music, Thought, People, Being, Country, Country music, Sense, Singing)

"The same people who are murdered slowly in the mechanized slaughterhouses of work are also arguing, singing, drinking, dancing, making love, holding the streets, picking up weapons and inventing a new poetry."
- Raoul Vaneigem
(Related: Poetry, Work, Love, People, Dancing, Drinking, Singing, Weapons)

"That was my way, and I also use the music after five years, I started hearing opera, opera, it was very good instrument to keep the spirit very strong because you feel like you are yourself singing opera, and I used to hear a lot of opera, they send me tapes."
- Mordechai Vanunu
(Related: Music, Hearing, Opera, Singing, Spirit, Years)

"When I owned the theater, I had the Glen Miller Orchestra. I had 20 girls singing and dancing. I had a cast of characters. It was a big group production, as well as ushers, ticket takers."
- Bobby Vinton
(Related: Dancing, Girls, Production, Singing, Theater)

"All my songs were solo voices. Just me singing. In fact, that was the gimmick - no gimmick. Just singing straight with not too much background."
- Bobby Vinton
(Related: Fact, Singing, Songs)

"I'd love to do a character with a wife, a nice little house, a couple of kids, a dog, maybe a bit of singing, and no guns and no killing, but nobody offers me those kind of parts."
- Christopher Walken
(Related: Love, Wife, Character, Kids, Killing, Singing)

"There was one emotional outlet my people always had when they had the blues. That was singing."
- Ethel Waters
(Related: People, Singing)

"I was always singing the way I felt, and maybe I didn't exactly know it, but I just didn't like the way things were down there-in Mississippi."
- Muddy Waters
(Related: Singing)

"I wanted to do Playboy to get across the same ideas I'm singing and writing about these days. It's all about proving that a woman can defy stereotypes."
- Jody Watley
(Related: Ideas, Singing, Woman, Writing)

"The people who are making money are the ones who are writing and singing their own songs."
- Jimmy Webb
(Related: Money, People, Singing, Songs, Writing)

"The fact is that the learning process goes on, and so long as the voices are not stilled and the singers go on singing some of it gets through."
- Morris West
(Related: Fact, Learning, Singing)

"I listened to Kelley's record with pleasure. Great to hear real music with respect for the righteous roots. Her singing is outstanding - no frills, down to the bone and intense."
- Jerry Wexler
(Related: Music, Pleasure, Respect, Singing)

"I don't want to wreck my voice. I love to concentrate on playing the bass and keeping it very rock-solid. If I were singing, I would have blown out my voice."
- Tina Weymouth
(Related: Love, Singing, Voice, Want)

"We had our unhappy moments but they got channelled into the kind of sadness that was necessary for singing a song about going nowhere. So it worked out very well I think."
- Tina Weymouth
(Related: Moments, Sadness, Singing, Song)

"I don't want the giant ego. I don't want to become Kevin Costner, singing on the soundtrack to The Postman."
- Joss Whedon
(Related: Ego, Singing, Want)

"Another thing I like to do is sit back and take in nature. To look at the birds, listen to their singing, go hiking, camping and jogging and running, walking along the beach, playing games and sometimes being alone with the great outdoors. It's very special to me."
- Larry Wilcox
(Related: Nature, Beach, Being, Birds, Camping, Games, Running, Singing, Walking)

"In so many interviews, they bring up the sexual aspect of the record. I've had some journalists say it sounds like I'm lying down in bed singing with a microphone. It gets so old!"
- Lucinda Williams
(Related: Bed, Lying, Singing)

"The old jazz singers or old blues singers, you always just saw them kind of sitting down and singing. They weren't worried as much about their voice sounding perfect. They would make the song kind of fit their voice."
- Lucinda Williams
(Related: Jazz, Old, Singing, Song, Voice)

"Justin Timberlake is terrific in this film. I told him it's time to stop singing."
- Bruce Willis
(Related: Time, Film, Singing)

"My grandmother sang, too, and she was really loud. It was this wild kind of singing. I count her among my influences."
- Cassandra Wilson
(Related: Singing)

"I was never interested in singing in the church choir or in school. I was more interested in becoming a musician."
- Cassandra Wilson
(Related: Church, School, Singing)

"Singing was the big focus and outlet for me."
- Debra Wilson
(Related: Focus, Singing)

"I will play my part by singing the spirit into every open heart."
- Bobby Womack
(Related: Heart, Open, Play, Singing, Spirit, Will)

"I don't sing country music because I'm not capable of singing other kinds of music; I sing it because I think it's the most beautiful kind of music there is."
- Lee Ann Womack
(Related: Music, Country, Country music, Singing)

"I'm facing upstage, with my back to the audience, and the spotlight comes up on my back as I start singing."
- Tom Wopat
(Related: Singing)

"When you're doing the traditional musicals, singing songs that are 40 and 50 years old, you realize there's a reason why those musicals are hits. These are amazing songs!"
- Tom Wopat
(Related: Old, Reason, Singing, Songs, Years)

"We used to have a main female vocalist. But she had a baby. Now we do the singing ourselves."
- Bernie Worrell
(Related: Baby, Now, Singing)

"I remember when the candle shop burned down. Everyone stood around singing 'Happy Birthday.'"
- Steven Wright
(Related: Birthday, Singing)

"When I'm singing I try not be a singer with a capital S. I just try to get it out so I feel comfortable with it."
- Robert Wyatt
(Related: Singing)

"When I lost the use of my hi-hat and bass drum legs, I became basically a singer. I was a drummer who did a bit of singing, and then I became a singer who did a bit of percussion."
- Robert Wyatt
(Related: Singing)

"I actually started singing those songs six or seven years ago, when I was an opening act for Frank Sinatra."
- Pia Zadora
(Related: Act, Singing, Songs, Years)