Anita Baker Quotes

  • 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.
  • Historically, in my generation, all of my heroes and heroines have had issues and problems. We all do.
  • 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.'
  • Completeness? Happiness? These words don't come close to describing my emotions. There truly is nothing I can say to capture what motherhood means to me, particularly given my medical history.
  • I used to sing at funeral homes for families that didn't have a vocalist. I didn't get paid. I needed to sing.
  • I'd love to be the political voice of my generation, but that's not my gift.
  • I don't let people use me. That's why I like a small number of people in my life. The more people in my life, the more complex it becomes, so I just try to keep it at a minimum.
  • Long tresses down to the floor can be beautiful, if you have that, but learn to love what you have.
  • If I could be doing anything, I'd be laying on the floor in my birthday suit eating junk food and watching something dumb on TV.
  • 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.
  • I would make far more money if every song were my own, but I don't write to fill up the album with my songs.
  • As soon as you get off stage, that's the most dangerous time for a singer to kiss people because your vocal chords are receptive to any kind of germ.
  • I think there's no sacrifice too great for family, whether it's career, singing, whatever.
  • I don't think being black has held me back at all. Being black makes you strong.
  • We don't do drugs, drink or use profanity. Instead we instill morals and values in my boys by raising them with a love of God and a love and respect for themselves and all people. I believe they will have a chance.
  • I love radio, but it's a very limited thing today. Everything has to be edited down to 3:59, and too bad if I didn't make my statement in three minutes and 59 seconds. Everybody's song has to make its point so quickly.
  • I'm picking and choosing in terms of the stress factor. If it's not fun, I'm not going to do it.
  • You leave home to seek your fortune and, when you get it, you go home and share it with your family.
  • Chris Brown is brilliant. That cat is crazy brilliant, and I wish him the best.
  • Time has nothing to do with the gifts that the gods give you; it's what you do.
  • Applause felt like approval, and it became a drug that soothed the pain, but only temporarily.
  • If you have your own agenda and your own style and you don't easily conform to what the masses are doing, you're looked upon as being difficult. Whereas, I think of it as just being an individual.
  • I would say that my peak was making my first million at the ripe age of 29, after the first album.