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I was not going to be a stupid girl singer. I was going to be way more than that.
To stay a great singer or guitar player, you've got to do it 24/7. That's what I do.
When we started I wasn't the singer. I was the drunk rhythm guitarist who wrote all these weird songs.
My mother was the first singer I had contact with. She sang constantly to us around the house, in church.
I really don't think of myself as a singer. I think of myself as an entertainer, and the best place I do it is onstage.
When I decided to be a singer, my mother warned me I'd be alone a lot. Basically we all are.
I have come to the conclusion - and I don't know why it took me so long, but nevertheless, I'm here now - that a lot of people tell me they don't get enough guitar on my albums. So I decided to do an album where the guitar would be the singer, playing the melody.
If I have any regrets, I could say that I'm sorry I wasn't a better writer or a better singer.
It's a two-dimensional gig being a singer, and you can get lost in your own tedium and repetition.
I respect country music because I feel like it's more about the talent and the songwriting and I put on a big show and we have a lot of stuff, but I feel confident in myself enough as an artist and a singer that I can have all of those fun toys and know that we don't need all the bells and whistles either.
I see myself as like the lead singer of a band or something.
There's a new hit rock group or singer every five minutes, but with country music, you have one hit and those people love you forever.
I like singing as much as I like acting, and all through high school I thought I might be a Broadway singer.
I've got a crush on my backing singer.
If you only ever heard Lady Gaga, she's the most boring singer in the world.
If people have to put labels on me, I'd prefer the first label to be human being, the second label to be pacifist, and the third to be folk singer.
I can only say the first thing that pops into my mind is I remember, years ago, seeing kind of a has-been country singer working - when I first moved to Nashville - in a bar in a Holiday Inn.
I was never a singer; I can't play any instruments; I had no training. Plus, I was brought up in a time when all the great rock stars were male. I didn't have any template for what I was doing. I did what I did out of frustration and concern.
I just knew that was what I wanted to do. I was going to perform as a singer; I was going to perform as a dancer, and I was, you know, going to do movies and be an actress. I was going to do it or die trying. That's what my life was.
My big brother still thinks he's a better singer than me.
The body cannot lie. You cannot be somebody else onstage, no matter how good of an actor or dancer or singer you are. When you open your arms, move your finger, the audience knows who you are, you know.
But I'm a rock 'n' roll singer; that's my livelihood, my occupation.
On stage, generally speaking, the story is stopped or held back by songs, because that's the convention. Audiences enjoy the song and the singer, that's the point.
You can't be perfect. You can't be the perfect father. You can't be the perfect singer.
I worshipped Ethel Merman and I worshipped Ethel Merman a lot. It's incredible - Ethel Merman was a conventional singer. Her naming her child Ethel Merman, Jr., was, to me, one of the coolest feminist things.
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