I was never interested in singing in the church choir or in school. I was more interested in becoming a musician.
I've often cringed when I heard myself described as a jazz singer. I've always thought of myself as a jazz vocalist.
My grandmother sang, too, and she was really loud. It was this wild kind of singing. I count her among my influences.
Miles Davis was a master. In every phase of his career, he understood that this music was a tribute to the African muse.
My father had all kinds of instruments in the house that he would hide from my mother. He bought them through mail order!
I'm always looking for ways to develop as an artist, especially as a jazz artist-to find different ways of testing my voice.
Everything I do is collaborative. It's just my way. I'm really very interested in how the other musicians perceive the song.
Miles Davis was doing something inherently African, something that has to do with all forms of American music, not just jazz.
There was a train that would come by our house every night, and I'd hear the whistle blow. That is the sweetest memory I have.
I'm always imagining some sort of story behind the song, even the ones I haven't written. I'm actively engaging in playacting.