I really do love bluesy-jazzy music, so I love Etta James, B.
B. King and Billie Holiday. I love that they have soul in their voices - I think that's something important is having.
I think I copied my style from Louis Armstrong.
Because I used to like the big volume and the big sound that Bessie Smith got when she sang ... So I liked the feeling that Louis got and I wanted the big volume that Bessie Smith got. But I found that it didn't work with me, because I didn't have a big voice. So anyway between the two of them I sorta got Billie Holiday.
When Billie Holiday sings a song, I hear the song, but I always hear her and her truth.
I had no desire to become a singer until I heard Billie Holiday.
The first time I heard her on a record, it was a revelation. She sounded like a woman singing about herself.
I feel like it's really kind of a sit-down album, much in the same way I imagine Billie Holiday or someone sitting down in the studio and singing.
If I hear a record once, I usually never listen to it again.
I rarely listen to music - unless it's Billie Holiday.
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