Inspirational quotes for singers

Inspirational quotes

If you’re in search of a little motivation, then take a look at these inspirational quotes from singers and music industry execs.

We have words of wisdom from the likes of Aretha Franklin, Ed Sheeran and Adele on everything from success to style, and performing to artistic priorities.

Aretha Franklin on self confidence

“Be your own artist, and always be confident in what you’re doing. If you’re not going to be confident, you might as well not be doing it.”

Dolly Parton on songwriting

“It’s therapy. It’s fun. It’s creative. I love getting on a big writing binge and staying up a couple days working on a song and knowing at the end of those two or three days that I’ve created something that was never in the world before.” (American Songwriter)

Tom Jones on his priorities as an artist

“I would want to be known as a great singer. The voice is the most important thing. The showmanship goes along with it. But I want to be remembered for my vocal ability.”

Christine and the Queens on women in the media spotlight

“If you’re a woman you can’t have any flaws on your face. If you’re a male rock star you can have wrinkles – like Keith Richards. I want to be like Keith Richards. When I grow old, I want my wrinkles to show and I want nobody to erase them. This is what I stand for.” (Channel 4 News)

Christine and the Queens on describing herself as fluid

“At some point I, as a young girl, felt a bit trapped in the narrow definition of what a woman can be. I’m saying that I’m fluid because I believe my femininity is made of hints of masculinity and made out of doubt and hesitation. I’m not sure what it is to be a woman even though I am one.” (BBC Newsnight)

Adele on her personality

“I’m ballsy. I have guts. I’m not afraid of anyone. I think that’s what makes me feel powerful.”

Cecile McLoren Salvant on performing

“For me it’s like an emptiness. It’s almost like becoming the sound that you’re creating. It’s like losing your body and losing who you are and fully becoming that sound, that moment and that story. It’s letting that communication with the audience take over.” (The Open Mind)

Ed Sheeran on his success

“I know I’ve worked hard and that’s why I’m here. This happened because I made it happen.”

Jacob Collier on being a self-taught musician

“I liked taking charge of my own learning and exploring where my ear led me. And my ear is still leading me places.” (Yamaha Late Night Show)

Mike Caren, founder of record label APG, on what it takes to succeed in the music industry

“Work ethic and intelligence are just as important as talent. A smart and hardworking creative will keep improving whereas someone without that work ethic or vision might creatively just tread water, or even decline in their quality.”

(Music Business Worldwide)

Adam Lambert on finding his own musical style

“Having a lot of people like your music is awesome. But when you become obsessed with the game and the competition, you can easily lose sight of the music part. It has to feel authentic and honest.”


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