Singing Quotes

But I love singing, and I’ve been singing backup for friends’ bands.

— Alia Shawkat

When I was a preteen, I got into singing, and became really obsessed with it. But then, of course, that didn’t work out.

— Amanda Seyfried

I am a Christian, and since the age of five I have been singing… chanting hymns containing the word ‘Hosanna.’

— Amy Jackson

Opera singing is in every way of inestimable value a real heritage for all mankind that has been reached over centuries of studies, attempts, flights of the spirit.

— Andrea Bocelli

In singing, you cannot ‘cheat’ if you want to give emotions to those who are listening. You must have something to tell.

— Andrea Bocelli

I understand our audience loves to see some drama on TV, but even they have got bored with similar patterns of carrying out reality singing shows.

— Armaan Malik

For an individual, playback singing is not enough to sustain a career, and it is not really a main source of income.

— Armaan Malik

I don’t see Arijit Singh as a competition at all. That’s because we both have a very different style of singing. In fact, I really appreciate what he’s been able to bring to the playback singing industry.

— Armaan Malik

I can sing in various genres, but my heart truly lies in singing romantic songs. This has been my forte ever since I was 8 or 9.

— Armaan Malik

When I’m singing, I connect the dots with notes.

— Aaron Neville

Nowadays in pop, there’s not a lot of men that are singing big and loud and high – it’s not as common as it once was.

— Adam Lambert

On the screen were some flashback shots of Daniel, Emma and Rupert from ten years ago. They were 12. I have also recently returned from New York, and while I was there, I saw Daniel singing and dancing (brilliantly) on Broadway. A lifetime seems to have passed in minutes.

— Alan Rickman

For me, doing a show, the excitement of singing live, and the possibility that you’re not gonna be perfect – that’s the thrill of it.

— Alicia Keys

Right now I’m singing along to books on tape. I typically pop in something like Stephen King’s ‘The Stand,’ and I love singing along to that kind of stuff.

— Amy Poehler

If I heard someone else singing like me, I would buy it in a heartbeat.

— Amy Winehouse

You can alter movie singing so much because you go into the recording studio and, just technology for recording has gotten so good, you can hold out a note and they can combine a note from take 2 and a note from take 8.

— Anne Hathaway

I sang a lot as a little girl and entered competitions. I loved singing in choirs, but it was as I got older that I really found my voice.

— Annie Lennox

All I have to say is basically if performing, singing, acting, and dancing is what you want to do, then you just have to do it – no matter where it is.

— Ariana Grande

Singing together is something human beings just do, and there are hundreds of years worth of just European vocal music available to read and hear.

— Ann Leckie

I’ve been in the studio when you go through a track and you run down a track and you know even before the singer starts singing, you know the track is swinging… you know you have a multimillion-seller hit – and what you’re working on suddenly has magic.

— Ahmet Ertegun

When I’m not singing, I’m a lot of persons: I’m a producer. I’m a badminton player. I’m a writer. I’m a movie freak. I’m a documentary maker.

— Arijit Singh

I’ve been singing one kind of genre for a long time but have always tried to push to new auras about picking new songs or the same kind of genre but trying to sing it differently, treating it differently.

— Arijit Singh

The core of me is country. It’s what I love. It’s what I write. Even when I sing pop stuff, I’m still singing it ‘countrily.’

— Ashley Monroe

I saw part of The Singing Detective on TV in New York. I said, Something is going on here.

— Alain Resnais

When I sing, it’s different from when I speak in a very interesting way. I think that, when you’re singing, a message is carried in a different way. I don’t know if that emotion needs a melody.

— Auli’i Cravalho

I went to School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, and we had a bunch of singing classes. My first job in New York was an Off-Broadway musical.

— Anna Camp

I have often heard the statement made by foreign singers, as a demonstrated fact, that the German artists are artists in feeling indeed, and serious in their devotion, but that their singing is crude.

— Anton Seidl

The more you’re out there singing, learning, and adding roles to your repertoire, it reforms the next piece.

— Ailyn Perez

Singing instrumental music is most important because, while you play an instrument, you are singing through the instrument… actually, you are singing inside.

— Ali Akbar Khan

I can’t imagine actually singing on this show like I did on ‘Felicity’, but it would be kind of funny.

— Amy Jo Johnson

I’m singing in the rain, just singing in the rain What a wonderful feeling, I’m happy again.

— Arthur Freed

The minute I stop singing orally, I start to sing by playing Lucille.

— B. B. King

Sometimes I just think that there are more things to be said to make the audience understand what I’m trying to do more. When I’m singing, I don’t want you to just hear the melody. I want you to relive the story, because most of the songs have pretty good storytelling.

— B. B. King

It all started when I was 4. I was watching a lot of ‘The Little Mermaid,’ and I loved that movie. I was going around the house singing – I wanted to be on Disney and everything I wanted to be a princess.

— Bebe Rexha

I like singing now, but I didn’t at the start. I didn’t think about singing, didn’t know how to do it, so I hit the ground stumbling.

— Bernard Sumner

I usually sing a lot on my mixtapes. I sing a lot on songs that just really aren’t singles. Even my first single, ‘My Last,’ which I feel like is more pop than anything – I was originally singing the chorus on there. I’m used to that. I’ve always had fresh melodies.

— Big Sean

Anyone who can do the splits and come back up on the backbeat, as James Brown and Prince can, has my eternal respect. Prince, who is a genius of the highest order, can come back up while singing and playing the guitar.

— Bill Nighy

When I was in the recording studio, I needed to concentrate on what my voice was doing, which is rather difficult if you can’t actually see what you are supposed to be singing.

— Bonnie Tyler

My father used to tape ‘Top of the Pops’ for me every Sunday, and I would sit in my bedroom, write down the lyrics of all of my favourite songs, and sing along. I was always singing in my bedroom with a hairbrush.

— Bonnie Tyler

I’ve been singing since I was 16 because I love it – I wanted to be a singer, not a star. There’s a difference between wanting to be famous and wanting to sing well.

— Bonnie Tyler

I think I’m a vocal genius, not a musical genius. I like background vocals. I consider myself a voice, not a singer. A voice is a sound, and singing is what you do with that sound.

— Brian Wilson

I’m such a big TLC fan, so I love singing ‘Waterfalls’ in the shower.

— Becky G

I personally don’t think you can love two things like dancing and singing the same exact amount. There is always one that you like more, and that is most likely the one that you’re better at, because you try harder in it.

— Bella Thorne

The minute I stop singing, I’m back to being shy. I’m soft-spoken because I never really talked to people. I didn’t learn to do it.

— Benjamin Clementine

I’ve read and heard that some of the most inspiring vocal interpreters adhere habitually to one rule: Always think the lyrics as you’re singing them, so that the sentiment is always appropriate and heartfelt.

— Brandi Carlile

I started playing the guitar when we started filming the pilot to ‘Lost in Space,’ which was way back in December of 1964, and there’s a little bit in the pilot that was used in the first season where Will Robinson is sitting around some bad foam rubber rock playing and singing ‘Greensleeves.’

— Bill Mumy

I keep these songs in my head until I get behind the microphone. I never spend more than 30 or 40 minutes singing the vocal or it will sound mechanical. There are always mistakes, but it’s about feeling more than being perfect.

— Brian McKnight

When I first started, I was much weaker of a singer because I wasn’t used to singing so much. Now I’ve learned, when I’m singing on stage, not to go over. You can go over and mess yourself up. I used to do it all the time, wouldn’t know how to preserve it for the next show.

— Brittany Howard

Once you’ve experienced the warmth of an audience, the achievement of getting your first laugh, and entertaining them, singing or playing piano, it just keeps it all going.

— Bruce Forsyth

I do catch myself driving around singing tunes, but I don’t know if it’s necessarily show tunes.

— Bryan Clay

I will concentrate on playing guitar, on lyrics and on singing. I am a part of things I am not the encompassing ‘Smog.’

— Bill Callahan

The Righteous Brothers got so heavy because of the dramatic hit records like ‘Lovin’ Feelin.’ Bobby and I just felt like we were a couple of Orange County guys who were just having a great time singing rock n’ roll, and then, boy, it became something else.

— Bill Medley

Then when I was in grammar school I played the clarinet, and then, after clarinet I played the flute in college orchestra – besides singing in the college chorus and things like that.

— Bobby McFerrin

All my songs were solo voices. Just me singing. In fact, that was the gimmick – no gimmick. Just singing straight with not too much background.

— Bobby Vinton

When I owned the theater, I had the Glen Miller Orchestra. I had 20 girls singing and dancing. I had a cast of characters. It was a big group production, as well as ushers, ticket takers.

— Bobby Vinton

I had been singing since I was 3 years old, so my love of singing was always there.

— Brenda Lee

When I’m in the car and somebody comes on the radio singing the high notes, I try to sing along.

— Burton Cummings

When I’m not touring, I sing at home, either at the piano or I’ll pick up my guitar, singing old Buck Owens songs.

— Burton Cummings

I did dancing and singing when I was little, and then when I was 12 years old my friends were taking speech and drama at school. They were private lessons, and I started doing that. Over the years everyone else dropped out and I just kept going. I loved it.

— Bella Heathcote

A musical film is my idea of heaven. You can pre-record, you don’t have to sing live. Singing live was the bit I hated the most. I never felt like a confident singer.

— Billie Piper

I was singing totally jazz then, but when I heard the Beatles and heard the gospel influence and everything, I just said, ‘I can make jazz with R&B.’

— Billy Paul

I’ve been singing since I could talk, pretty much. My dad was really musical and taught me how to sing harmonies and got me a karaoke machine with tape decks.

— Bonnie McKee

Fortunately, I have always played a lot of sports, so I keep my lungs in good shape. That translates to singing as well.

— Bria Skonberg

I tried singing. I tried playing a musical instrument. I really wanted to be a musician, but I never could quite pull that off. I liked entertaining, but I was always drawn to some kind of technical work – some kind of honest labor.

— Bill Cobbs

I was taking singing lessons, and they’d say, ‘Your voice is too hoarse. You have to do more exercises.’

— Carole King

Rihanna has guts and she always seems to be singing from someplace honest, dark and fierce.

— Carrie Brownstein

I feel like when I’m on stage, when I’m writing songs, singing songs, I’m in the studio, I’m shooting videos, I kind of get to become this character, and I can make that whatever I want to make that.

— Carrie Underwood

I would love to sing. I would love to do a musical, but I wouldn’t say that that singing is my strong suit.

— Channing Tatum

Sometimes, if you begin to sing in a halfhearted mood, you can sing yourself up the ladder. Singing will often make the heart rise.

— Charles Spurgeon

I’m an entertainer, period. But I’d probably have to say my passion is in singing. I’m willing to go broke singing.

— Christina Milian

I was in musical theater when I first started, so there was always both acting and singing. But as far as getting a record deal, that took time. The majority of that time, I was acting.

— Christina Milian

In opera, there is always too much singing.

— Claude Debussy

There’s times when I’m cleaning the kitchen, and while I’m doing that, I’m singing and air guitaring with a broom to ‘You Should Be Dancing.’

— Corey Taylor

I have done so much: modeling, acting, singing, the calendar, the lingerie line, and there have been times where I have wanted to give up but I went for it.

— Caprice Bourret

I wish I could’ve been friends with Charlie Parker and played with him. That’s my period. I feel real close to the ’40s – and actually, I was born in ’37, so I was a kid singing on the radio in the ’40s. But I always dreamed of going to big cities.

— Charlie Haden

I love singing – singing is what I’m famous for doing. Now it’s turned into things I am famous for doing – like having rows with my mum or about my boyfriend, so it does get irritating.

— Charlotte Church

For a while, I couldn’t decide whether or not I should pursue singing in the opera or acting. And I’m glad that I chose the latter because I wasn’t a very good singer.

— Christoph Waltz

Well, I started writing songs about three years ago when I learned to play the guitar, but I’ve been singing since I was eleven.

— Colbie Caillat

I grew up singing, and I played on Broadway to thousands of people, you know what I mean?

— Corey Hawkins

I had to teach myself to let go of the conventional rock way of playing guitar and singing. Some things you wouldn’t expect to work, did and some things won’t ever work.

— Chris Cornell

Singing is something that I’m always happy to do it and going in the studio I never felt any pressure. I just feel like I get to sing, you know. It’s fun.

— Chris Isaak

That’s the thing that we said about the horn before: it’s a focus issue. It’s like a singer versus a drummer. If a drummer’s playing a drum beat, and a singer starts singing, what do you think the audience is going to do?

— Charlie Hunter

I think everybody thinks they’re an amazing singer, but I’m one of those guys who realizes where his limitations are, and it’s definitely with singing and dancing.

— Clay Matthews III

I was in ‘Seussical,’ and I was in a cage onstage in a purple yarn suit singing backup, and I was like: ‘I’ve had it. I can’t do this anymore.’ I will say for the record that I did love the show, but I was like: ‘I want to do something else. I need a little more.’

— Casey Nicholaw

My grandmother sang, too, and she was really loud. It was this wild kind of singing. I count her among my influences.

— Cassandra Wilson

I tried a little of everything when I was little. I tried karate, I tried ballet, I tried piano lessons and singing lessons… I was a pretty normal kid, for the most part.

— Cassie Ventura

I’ve always been interested in singing. My sister’s a fantastic singer, and it’s just something that’s always been around. I play saxophone and guitar. I’d definitely like to pursue it, and it’s something I’d like to keep going, if not as a career, then as a hobby.

— Charlie Rowe

90%, 100% are going there to hear the singing. The story is another thing. Nobody’s interested in the story. Happiness is happiness.

— Cab Calloway

I did do a local musical, ‘Bubblin’ Brown Sugar.’ I played the young Sweet Georgia Brown. I was 13 years old. After that, I just decided that I had to pick one thing, acting or singing, and concentrate on that.

— CeCe Peniston

If I’m singing something I don’t like, it literally feels like stepping on nails.

— Caitlin Rose

In certain ways I still feel like I’m finding my way. I feel pretty comfortable playing acoustic guitar and singing, but then I feel pretty good sitting on a reggae groove as well.

— Colin Hay

Every time I talk about this, I say: when the singer is singing, he must be respected, you must be able to hear what he’s saying. You can’t put a trombone and a drum up there, and a microphone on the drum, microphones on everybody. You can’t hear what he’s saying.

— Compay Segundo

I do create songs and play the guitar. But my focus is definitely on acting. I think, if there’s going to be singing involved in my career, it would probably be in musical theater.

— Condola Rashad

Before I won ‘American Idol,’ I’d never been in a professional studio at all. I’m getting more used to it. I’m really weird, though: I sing way better in a crowd of 3,000. It’s easier than singing in front of 2.

— Candice Glover

I did plays in high school and I really loved it, but I think singing was always what I loved most of all.

— Cristin Milioti

I was singing before I started acting. As a kid, I would always perform at the big family parties.

— Chrissie Fit

I know a lot of a cappella groups, but none of them are doing backflips while singing, for sure.

— Chrissie Fit

I’ve been singing ever since I was little, but I didn’t start taking it seriously until I was about 15 or 16.

— Conor Maynard

If I could perform on stage with any musical act or performer, it would be Sugar Ray, just to fulfill my childhood dream of singing with Mark McGrath.

— Chelsea Kane

I’ve never believed in singing about Satan and thinking he’s cool, because he’s not.

— Dave Mustaine

When I was 3 or 4, I seemed to be bursting with music. They played Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra in the house, so I learned my vocabulary from song lyrics – I was literally singing before I was talking.

— Dan Hill

I’m an intense guy. I run 10 miles a day, which helps alleviate my intensity. Also, singing helps defuse my intensity. Playing the piano helps, and writing helps.

— Dan Hill

I swim, go to the gym, and do a little dancing every day and a little singing.

— Dick Van Dyke

Italians are fantastic people, really. They can work you over in an alley while singing an opera.

— Don Rickles

I like singing all songs, really, but I find that writing social commentary comes naturally.

— Damian Marley

Sometimes that is why you might even stay in the bathroom for even half an hour, making that water running all over, just singing.

— Dennis Brown

I don’t have a terrible singing voice, but I also wouldn’t call it ‘good.’ I can carry a tune.

— Diablo Cody

I grew up teaching parts to choirs, and I love a whole group of voices singing as one.

— D’Angelo

I have learnt sketching, drawing, singing, dancing, rifle shooting, paragliding.

— Divyanka Tripathi

I just love singing, songwriting and touring.

— Drake Bell

My Mozart career began as a teenager in Los Angeles, singing arias from ‘Le Nozze di Figaro’ and ‘Don Giovanni.’

— Danielle de Niese

An album is such a personal thing. It’s something I always wanted to do. It’s me doing me, singing as me.

— Danny Aiello

If I didn’t start singing in the cabarets and on my albums, I could have never even tried something like ‘Capone.’

— Danny Aiello

I enjoyed every minute of what I was doing with sessions, because The Blossoms, the group that I was singing with, they were the first black background singers. There weren’t any.

— Darlene Love

I get egotistical about things where I can do something well – for example, my singing. Most other things, I don’t have the wherewithal to back it up.

— David Crosby

The stuff that I dig, it’s usually got a soulful component to it. A singer that I really like. I might not understand the language that they’re singing in, but I’m really communing with this person.

— David Johansen

I also wanted to make a record that was about other things than romance, yeah, after two years on the road singing all the songs from the first album, I got kind of tired of that.

— Duncan Sheik

In the autumn of 1970 I had a job singing in the school system, playing my guitar in classrooms.

— Don McLean

I am what I do, and that’s partly why I don’t want to give up singing. But when I can’t sing well, I will.

— Don McLean

I want to write theater pieces, opera, or some kind of amalgamation where there is singing, music and theater.

— David Newman

When I started really singing I was 17, 18 years old. I used to go around trying to be a singer in the Bronx. My knees would shake but I learned by doing.

— Dominic Chianese

That’s the perfect audience: singing along to every word, knowing the songs, appreciating the non-hit songs, stuff like that.

— Dave Keuning

I’m going to be quite choosy about singing. If I connect to a tune and like what I am offered to sing, I’ll do it. I am an actor by profession, not a singer.

— Dhanush

I was a kind of angsty teenager and I would write diaries and write stuff down all the time. Sometimes I get to the level on stage where I’m singing and it feels heavy, but not always.

— Ellie Goulding

As a child, I loved being onstage. I loved singing, I loved the lights, I loved the adrenaline. I even loved learning lines. I was completely obsessive.

— Emma Watson

The colored folks been singing it and playing it just like I’m doin’ now, man, for more years than I know. I got it from them.

— Elvis Presley

Singing in Gaelic is very, very natural to do. I think lends itself very much so to being sung.

— Enya

If you think about where I’m from, I’m not supposed to be singing in the first place. I’m not supposed to be alive right now.

— Estelle

I started singing at the Met when I was seven, and the competition was so fierce that it really prepared me.

— Emmy Rossum

When I had my first experiences of choral singing, the dissonance of those close harmonies was so exquisite that I would giggle or I would tear up, and I felt it in a physical way.

— Eric Whitacre

When I’m sitting in the church alone, I can hear singing of the old people. I can hear their singing and I can hear their praying, and sometimes I hum one of their songs.

— Ernest Gaines

Sometimes you have trouble because someone ‘likes’ your music so much. They follow you around for hours singing little bits of the songs, or just freaking out.

— Eugene Chadbourne

As a child, I always wanted to be the last one to take a bath because I knew I could close the door and spend hours just having my bath and singing.

— Euzhan Palcy

I happen to think singing is hilarious, especially when it pops out at the wrong time.

— Ed Helms

As soon as I could speak, I was singing. Before I could even speak full words, I would make up ones to sing and I have it on tape, too.

— Elle Varner

Ever since I was a little kid, whenever my parents would have company over, I would put on shows, whether they would be magic shows, singing shows, dancing shows, little skits.

— Ellen Muth

It was fun playing a horrible, snotty kid in ‘Harry Potter’, and then playing Prince Charming where I was also singing and playing guitar, and then playing a completely different character.

— Freddie Stroma

Manchester was a fantastic place to go out in. There were 10 clubs with world-class cabaret and comedians. You’d go in and Tom Jones might be singing, or Shirley Bassey or Engelbert Humperdinck.

— Francis Lee

I’m very soulful. I grew up singing in church. When I sing a song, I like to feel what I’m singing.

— Fantasia Barrino

I just tend to do things to myself that I don’t realize I’m doing. Sometimes I bite my lip so that it splits and hurts, and yet I can’t stop. And sometimes I’d play shows on the last run, I’d scratch my neck while I was singing, and I’d horrified to see these red streaks of blood after.

— Fiona Apple

I got to the point where I’d featured on songs I’d done backing singing for major artists. I’d done all these shows, but it was always for other people.

— Fleur East

Inspiration is enough to give expression to the tone in singing, especially when the song is without words.

— Franz Liszt

There is nothing like singing a song that 20,000 people know and are singing back to you.

— Gary Cherone

I will confess I did none of my own singing. I did all my own costume and makeup, though.

— Gary Cole

Playing and singing at the same time is pretty cool, but sometimes it’s difficult to know when you can just really let go a bit because you’ve got to get back to bloody microphone and sing some stuff.

— Graham Coxon

So I got interested in singing and I have always used my voice. Not professionally as much, but around the living room, the campfire, that kind of thing.

— Gregory Harrison

During the ten years I lived in the U.K., I frequently attended an Anglican church just outside of London. I enjoyed the energetic singing and the thoughtful homilies. And yet, I found it easy to be a pew warmer, a consumer, a back row critic.

— Gary Hamel

I knew, regardless of anything else, singing in front of an orchestra was going to be inspirational. It would feed me.

— George Michael

Once you know the Romance languages, singing in those languages is so sexy and sensual. I do have a global audience, so why not?

— Gloria Estefan

Singing has always seemed to me the most perfect means of expression. It is so spontaneous. And after singing, I think the violin. Since I cannot sing, I paint.

— Georgia O’Keeffe

I had to get used to wearing a mask and wearing a prosthetic and performing with those things while singing and expressing myself through stylized movement, while keeping it as human as possible so the audience could be closer to the horror of the Phantom.

— Gerard Butler

By that point, I had started taking singing lessons. And after the first session, I mean, I was surprised that the windows didn’t shatter. And after the third session, I really didn’t know where this voice had come from.

— Gerard Butler

I started singing for The Phantom in January, and we started filming in October and I sang all the way through to the next June. In fact, I was singing for about two months before I even knew I had the role.

— Gerard Butler

I started singing on the radio in Los Angeles. I sang blues, but I would tend toward country blues.

— Georgia Holt

I’m still very sure that painting is one of the most basic human capacities, like dancing and singing, that make sense, that stay with us, as something human.

— Gerhard Richter

God is gracious enough to let us know, in due time while we’re here and the fact that I’m still around and I’m still singing, it is really to his glory.

— Gladys Knight

Even if you can’t relate to what I’m singing, I hope you can believe in it and see it as something that it is real.

— Halsey

When I think of Mick Jagger still singing that he can’t get any satisfaction in over forty years of being in the Rolling Stones, I have to conclude that he’s either lying or not all that bright.

— Henry Rollins

Now my music is kind of pop-rock, right? If I’m 25 and singing still, I don’t want to be singing music like that.

— Hilary Duff

I really like singing, although I’m embarrassed about doing it.

— Hannah Murray

I’m a huge karaoke person even though I have the worst singing voice. When you love doing something, who cares?

— Hoda Kotb

If I didn’t think and feel the way I think and feel, I couldn’t sing the way I sing. And I like singing the way I sing.

— Holly Near

Speech lessons probably did more for my singing voice – they teach you breathing, resonance.

— Harry Dean Stanton

Singing is something I’ve always loved to do, and I’d never considered taking it further than the shower.

— Hailee Steinfeld

I like creating something from nothing and hearing it on the radio or on stage or from somebody driving down the street singing it. It’s like building a house, taking a vacant piece of land, and next thing you know, there’s a house with somebody living in it.

— Harvey Mason, Jr.

I like ‘Glee’ because I love all the singing. It’s like an hour-long music video. Those kids are so talented, and I love ‘The Glee Project’.

— Heather Dubrow

I have, all the days of my life, enjoyed singing very much.

— Heber J. Grant

I’ll never forget when we played Shepherd’s Bush in London. We played ‘I Run To You’, and we put the mic out for the last chorus, and you could hear them singing the chorus with the beautiful accent that they have.

— Hillary Scott

And in singing, what my voice lacked in quality it made up for in volume.

— Hedda Hopper

I’ve been singing since I was born. It’s something I do everywhere I go. In the shower, walking down the street. I don’t need any impetus to do it. I just sing.

— Idina Menzel

I left Edinburgh to follow the London punk scene in 1978, singing and playing guitar in various bands. My income was sporadic, so I did anything to eke out some kind of subsistence – laying down slabs, working as a kitchen porter.

— Irvine Welsh

When a girl finally texts me back, that ding on the phone is like an angel singing.

— Isaiah Mustafa

Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin. Now, they are so subtle, they can milk you with two notes. They can make you feel like they told you the whole universe. But I don’t know that yet. All I got now is strength. Maybe if I keep singing, maybe I’ll get it.

— Janis Joplin

One day, I just got up to read a poem and started singing. I looked around – the reaction was great. And I said, ‘Oh, boy. I like this.’

— Jill Scott

I was backstage at the House of Blues in L.A where I was about to perform, and Stevie Wonder and Prince turned up at my dressing room together! Stevie started beat boxing and Prince started singing one of my songs, all of a sudden it was like I was in a cypher with these incredible artists.

— Jill Scott

I want to be singing to everybody, and I want everybody to think that I’m singing to them. Guys, girls and everyone in between.

— Joan Jett

You’ve got a song you’re singing from your gut, you want that audience to feel it in their gut. And you’ve got to make them think that you’re one of them sitting out there with them too. They’ve got to be able to relate to what you’re doing.

— Johnny Cash

You know, Neil Young is singing Rock n’ roll will never die, and Neil never rocked and rolled in his life. I mean, he rocked, but he didn’t roll. He has got no swing in him.

— Joni Mitchell

Edith Piaf knocked my socks off when I was 8, but I didn’t know what she was singing about.

— Joni Mitchell

I love singing, and I came to absolutely adore it in the later part of my career.

— Julie Andrews

Broadway is a tough, tough arena for singing.

— Julie Andrews

I don’t want the giant ego. I don’t want to become Kevin Costner, singing on the soundtrack to The Postman.

— Joss Whedon

I grew up in a really small town with not a lot of money, and I liked singing, but it was just something that was a hobby.

— Justin Bieber

You sang in church, you know, and you didn’t act at all. You tried not to act, you tried to tell the truth. The idea of being a troubadour on the road singing for your supper was very disturbing to him.

— James Earl Jones

If you feel like singing along, don’t.

— James Taylor

Shortly after this I was made a member of the boys’ choir, it being found that I possessed a clear, strong soprano voice. I enjoyed the singing very much.

— James Weldon Johnson

If I wasn’t singing, I’d probably be, probably an accountant.

— Janet Jackson

There was a time when I stopped singing, between 16 and 19, but that was done on purpose, maybe as a punishment, maybe as a cure.

— Jeff Buckley

I started writing when I was 13. I got my first electric guitar when I was 13, but I’d always been singing. I had my first little acoustic when I was six. But I started being in bands when I was 13.

— Jeff Buckley

And if you’re singing to someone, or if they’re singing along, and suddenly you’re in harmony, then it’s actually making a huge difference on a subatomic level that is actually transforming the world.

— Jason Mraz

I had a gig in Sweden. There were thousands of people there, and when I launched into ‘I’m Yours,’ they were all singing along. It was as if I was singing the Swedish national anthem. I was stunned.

— Jason Mraz

I started singing because it was a natural evolution in hip-hop to me. Without Prince, I wouldn’t have embraced that. I wouldn’t have been able to embrace me.

— Jidenna

If I did any movies I’d have to take a break from singing, because I’d want it to be really good.

— Justin Timberlake

When we were shooting ‘Oz,’ my wife was doing ‘Beauty and the Beast’ on Broadway, singing and dancing. It was an interesting dichotomy in our house.

— J. K. Simmons

I’ve just always loved singing, and I come from a family that loves singing around the kitchen table.

— Jane Lynch

I want to be around for a long time, singing and making albums and movies.

— Jennifer Hudson

But I love singing live. Nothing beats the feeling of going out on stage and going, ‘I can really sing.’

— Jessie J

I love getting dressed up, but I want to be remembered for my singing.

— Jessie J

God, I’m just a fat bald guy, 60 years old, singing the blues, you know?

— Joe Cocker

Well, over the years, I’ve developed a stable of songs of which I’m known for and never get tired of singing.

— Joe Cocker

We live in a crazily youth-orientated world nowadays. It’s a trickle-down thing. We see pictures of lithe, attractive celebrity couples such as Brad and Angelina or the Beckhams cavorting around, covered in tattoos, stomachs as flat as the singing in early ‘X Factor’ rounds.

— John Niven

I was always singing to myself, but I never ever performed, and I never told anyone I liked to sing. So it was a definitely a new adventure going in to audition for ‘Glee.’

— Jacob Artist

I never really wanted to be a singer, because I was a super-shy kid. Singing made me feel awkward, and I was really insecure.

— Jacob Whitesides

Elton John can be a master of the sleight of hand. The arrangements make it seem like there are substantial melodies underneath the tracks – but almost nothing demands repeated listenings. Similarly, he always sounds like he’s singing up a storm, but his voice glosses over the material, reducing most things to an uninteresting sameness.

— Jon Landau

Some people choose to go on ‘American Idol’ or another singing contest, and some people choose to beat down barrooms before anyone even knows who they are, in order to get a fan base, so when they do get a record deal, they have that to put in front of a label.

— Jake Owen

I grew up singing ballads, but what I really wanted to get into was the mainstream music on the radio because I really love the beats and everything.

— Jessica Sanchez

Well, the music industry is littered with actors who belatedly came to singing.

— Jeff Daniels

When I was nine, we’d take a bus to the seaside. Coming back, we’d take turns entertaining, singing songs and the like. I tried some stand-up comedy. I had a captive audience in that bus. Then I realized I wanted to do more than that.

— Jim Dale

I grew up in a community that was bilingual. I’ve done it for a while, singing in both languages.

— Jon Secada

I have no nerves at all about singing or playing stuff… and if I can have a cup of tea nearby, then I’m very much at home.

— Jamie Lawson

If you’re doing a music film, you’ve got to be singing about something.

— Jonathan Demme

I find singing as somebody else very liberating, it just frees me up.

— Jane Horrocks

I’m lucky because my repertoire is so specific, and theaters are interested in me singing my repertoire because it is not done so much. I’m pretty well settled in my repertoire. I like what I sing. My voice is high, and there is not much in baroque opera for higher tenor.

— Juan Diego Florez

I don’t push my voice I try to keep a good technique, a natural way of singing, to sing from the breath, which is the main thing.

— Juan Diego Florez

Music is my passion, singing, performing. I play piano and musical theater is my background.

— Janel Parrish

I only know acting. But had I learnt singing earlier, I would have become a singer.

— Juhi Chawla

In songwriting, I needed language. And I always believed in singing about what I do.

— Jason Molina

When you first start singing something after you’ve written it, it has this sort of sparkle to it. And if you capture that, that’s luck.

— Jesse Harris

Singing is more of a hobby than really something I want to do for a career. But I love musical theater, so I’m hoping I can go back to it and do a role on Broadway for a few weeks. That would be a dream come true. My dream role would be Roxie in ‘Chicago.’

— Jillian Rose Reed

Backwash’ is an old-school, slapstick-y romp between three eccentric loser friends who inadvertently rob a bank, armed solely with a salami and a sweat sock, and then find themselves on the run pursued by singing cops. It’s kind of a classic piece, a sophisticated piece, if you will.

— Joshua Malina

I got into musical comedy because of Shakespeare, not because of singing. They needed someone to understudy Richard Burton. I was also going to musical auditions because the agent I had insisted I go to them.

— John Cullum

I don’t think we should speak so much. What if we were singing a song? We split, whilst singing.

— Jean Gabin

Verse, singing, and speech have a common origin.

— Jean Philippe Rameau

I’m very happy to sing whatever I’m singing. I’ve always enjoyed any role I’ve been given at a certain time. They’ve all been favourites, they’ve all been wonderful pieces to play.

— Joan Sutherland

Singing well has always been important to me, but the most important factor is the connection to the audience.

— John Davidson

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place, and in the sky, The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard among the guns below.

— John McCrae

I started out when I was about 12, playing drums. I started singing when I was about 15.

— Layne Staley

I was 17 when I auditioned for ‘Miss Saigon.’ I really grew up doing that show. I pretty much knew, almost a year into ‘Miss Saigon,’ that I was going to be a performer, that I was going to be singing and acting.

— Lea Salonga

I first started to sing when I started to talk. As soon as I could form words and sounds together, I was singing.

— Leah LaBelle

When I step on the stage and sing ‘Wait for It,’ I’m singing that for everybody. I don’t mean I’m singing it for them I mean, you are their voice.

— Leslie Odom, Jr.

Growing up, I was always prancing around and singing… and I just never really stopped.

— Lily James

I love singing so much. As a kid, that was what I wanted to do.

— Lily James

Ninety-eight percent of the singing I did was private singing – it was in the shower, at the dishwasher, driving my car, singing with the radio, whatever. I can’t do any of that now. I wish I could. I don’t miss performing, particularly, but I miss singing.

— Linda Ronstadt

Ninety-nine percent of singing is listening and hearing, and so then 1 percent of it is singing.

— Linda Ronstadt

I really enjoy singing and I really enjoy acting, but singing I’ve been doing since I was really young.

— Lindsay Lohan

When I was younger, I started taking singing lessons and dance and acting. I just started acting first because that’s how everything happened.

— Lindsay Lohan

I’ve always been interested in singing, and I’ve always been singing and dancing since I was little.

— Lindsay Lohan

I write a lot of lyrics and I’m involved in the producing process, because it’s like, if I’m singing it, I want it to be something that I can relate to.

— Lindsay Lohan

But I was singing loud, and most singers weren’t singing loud.

— Little Richard

Lana Del Rey seems to be bothering everybody because she allegedly ‘remade’ herself from a folk singing, girl-next-door type into an electro-urban kitty cat on the prowl (of course I like her), and they feel she is inauthentic.

— Liz Phair

Well, we have theatrical parties. It’s not me singing. People like to get up and jam on the piano.

— Liza Minnelli

Singing seems to be inherent in Filipino, just as it is in my race. That’s why I have this affinity with Filipinos.

— Luke Evans

I wanted to bring back that big, ballad type of music that we used to love so much. Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, when they first came out, that’s what I grew up singing.

— LaToya London

I’d love to do movies and be on TV. But I think if I transitioned into TV/film completely, I would really miss singing and dancing. It would be ideal to be cast in a movie musical!

— Laura Osnes

I don’t think I always look in people’s faces, like, as – I think especially when I’m doing my more intimate songs that are quite personal, I always feel it’s a bit accusing if I stare in someone’s face when I singing quite a personal lyric.

— Laura Mvula

I think singing traditional country is wonderful, because I’m bringing it to my generation and to the younger kids.

— LeAnn Rimes

When I’m singing a song, I picture somebody in particular. A lot of it is to a guy.

— Leighton Meester

Ariana Grande was on a TV show, and then she started her career singing. If I’m offered a TV show, I’m going to pursue that and then see if I can push my singing. And then if I push my singing, awesome. My biggest goal, though? Be an actress in movies. I would love to have a career like Meryl Streep’s someday.

— Lele Pons

Mostly singing was cathartic, writing was cathartic, therapeutic. I don’t think I had a goal, particularly, to sing or put it out there for anybody.

— Lisa Marie Presley

I was a drummer, and I did a little singing too.

— Lou Gramm

If I had five minutes to live, I don’t think I’d be bothered singing a song. I’d be dead, so it won’t really matter. I’d have a glass of wine and a cigarette.

— Loudon Wainwright III

If you’re 28 and singing about being over the hill, you’re pretending. When you’re 67 and singing about it, you know what you’re talking about.

— Loudon Wainwright III

When I’m up on stage, I don’t think about anything except the song I’m singing. Anyway, the majority of my audience is female, and I can’t think that many of them want to see me a French maid outfit somehow!

— Louise Nurding

I loved singing rock-and-roll, jazz, anything on radio, anything commercial. I was able to do anything, but I didn’t know what direction to go in.

— La India

My singing led into acting, and that is how I discovered acting.

— Lalaine

It was always acting, singing and dancing that I loved.

— Linda Lavin

I have been singing for the last 50 years, you know, so I deserve a break. Besides, there are talented singers around who can do justice to their work.

— Lata Mangeshkar

I love singing, it lifts my spirit.

— Lindsey Wixson

I was terrified, terrified in ‘Songwriter,’ because there I was, New York Jewish girl, singing country-western onstage with Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson. I mean, forget it. I was so terrified.

— Lesley Ann Warren

I’ve been doing musicals since forever. Actually, I was focused on singing and becoming a singer until I landed on ‘Passions.’

— Lindsay Hartley

In our house, everybody is always dancing around and singing. We have a dance floor outside at our house, a big, huge dance floor that we all dance on.

— Lisa Rinna

I am not a Ph.D. in economics or a doctorate in literature that I can afford to take my singing lightly. Even if I sing a jingle, I take it as seriously as oxygen.

— Kailash Kher

Since I have been singing for so many years, I don’t always need to approach a song quite so laboriously and meticulously.

— Kate Smith

Singing is my life, and I have to do it, or I’m going to go totally bananas.

— Kathleen Hanna

You look at someone like Beyonce singing ‘Single Ladies,’ when we all know she’s married. Some of it is just for entertainment.

— Katy Perry

I would like to do a music person’s story, a bio. I’ve wanted to do Aaliyah forever. But I don’t want it to always be like, ‘I’m singing again in a movie.’

— Keke Palmer

Singing was my first passion. Whenever I sing, I’m always so happy.

— Keke Palmer

The first six years of my career, I got more comments on my weight than on my singing. So I think I became so self-conscious that I started working on it harder.

— Kenny Rogers

I can play characters who sing, but I don’t like singing in a nightclub or something. It’s not my metier.

— Kevin Kline

What happened was, I always wanted to be a singer/songwriter kind of guy like a James Taylor or Crosby, Stills and Nash type of thing I went to a lot of coffee houses and used to watch all those guys, but I never had the nerve to get up and do it because singing seems so personal and intimate to me. It was too revealing.

— Kevin Nealon

I would love to do much more singing it’s just one of those things where I can’t quite describe what it feels like when you’re standing in front of a forty piece orchestra, and there’s nothing between you and an audience but a microphone. It’s like strapping yourself to a locomotive, and I love it.

— Kevin Spacey

Unless you’re singing something that’s kind of in rhythm with the bass, the melodies, it’s just difficult.

— Kim Gordon

Ever since I was really really little, I was just singing all the time. Like one of my favorite games when I was little would be to just have one of my sisters pick a title, and I would impromptu create that song.

— Kina Grannis

Romance is one of the things that most countries share, and I’ve noticed how different communities have their own ways of singing about love and heartbreak.

— Kurt Elling

You know, your speaking voice comes back, but your singing voice you use in a different way.

— Kathy Mattea

I think anything emotional adds to your acting and singing, no matter what it is that you go through. It will always add to it, never take away.

— Kelli O’Hara

When you’re pregnant, things – at least for me – get very sincere and very wholesome, and it’s about family, and singing becomes about warmth.

— Kelli O’Hara

I was the youngest of three kids, and from the age of four, singing was my way of getting attention.

— Kiki Dee

But this is pretty new for me, both songwriting and singing.

— Krist Novoselic

I am working on my nightclub act, definitely want to do more singing.

— Keith David

I came out singing, the doctor slapped me on the head, and I started singing.

— Keith David

I’m going to keep pursuing my dream, keep singing and, hopefully, move to L.A.

— Katie Stevens

My grandma did opera singing for the better part of her life she used to sing all over the place. My grandpa was a sax player, and he used to travel all over the place, too.

— Mac DeMarco

When I left Michigan and I came to New York, that was my goal, to be a professional dancer. And I sort of fell into singing by accident in a way.

— Madonna Ciccone

I was more of a dancing kid than a singing kid. I mean, I sang in school choirs and I sang in school musicals, but I was much more interested in dancing than singing.

— Madonna Ciccone

You can’t be elected president without passing though Iowa and bowing down before corn-based ethanol, before agricultural subsidies. I mean, even McCain was a critic of ethanol, but when he got to Iowa, he was singing a different tune.

— Michael Pollan

I was always feisty, always that kid that would be on the porch with a hairbrush singing or rapping.

— Missy Elliott

I studied German at school. I lived in Berlin for two years and had a German girlfriend for five years, so I don’t find speaking German particularly difficult. Singing was slightly more difficult.

— Martin Gore

I would sing to my Beanie Babies, and I sort of created this alternate universe where I was famous, and there were thousands of people that I was singing to.

— Mary Lambert

People like me for my songwriting and production, not my singing.

— Mike Posner

I did rap when I was a teenager – started rapping when I was nine, and started singing when I was 20. I kinda sing like a rapper would sing.

— Mike Posner

Singing in Yiddish was a great thrill for me and came about through Joe Papp, the founder of The Public Theater.

— Mandy Patinkin

Rock n’ Roll came from the slaves singing gospel in the fields. Their lives were hell and they used music to lift out of it, to take them away. That’s what rock n’ roll should do – take you to a better place.

— Meat Loaf

I was always singing the way I felt, and maybe I didn’t exactly know it, but I just didn’t like the way things were down there-in Mississippi.

— Muddy Waters

I can read music, but I have no technique, and singing was never an option even though I sang a lot growing up.

— Mark Morris

I’m singing these songs to inspire you, to keep you going, to lift you up and give you a reason to get up in the morning.

— Mavis Staples

Whenever somebody tells me they want me to stop singing, I’m gone.

— Mavis Staples

When I was 5, I started taking singing lessons, and then, after ‘School of Rock,’ I started taking guitar lessons. I would always write songs and play them for my friends, and I would play my guitar on the set a lot.

— Miranda Cosgrove

I grew up on musicals, and I know they are quite the thing now, but I’m actually a little indignant, because I started taking singing lessons years ago – I put the time in!

— Marisa Tomei

I have done a lot of reality shows. In fact,my first show was ‘Shava Shava’, which was a singing reality show.

— Mouni Roy

It’s nice to finally have a CD out which reflects my songwriting, my singing and the band that I have.

— Mick Taylor

I’m very conscious of developing my singing, technically and stylistically. I want it to become more individual, express more of me. That’s my goal. These songs are steps along that way.

— Madeleine Peyroux

I never rule anything out. I’m an entertainer. Be it presenting, singing, acting, I just do things I love.

— Martine McCutcheon

I don’t really remember my folks singing to us, but they read to us.

— Mary Chapin Carpenter

I can’t sing, like, I can’t saaang. I’m no Luther! That to me is singing. Being able to hit a note doesn’t mean you can sing.

— Michael Ealy

The real exertion in the case of an opera singer lies not so much in her singing as in her acting of a role, for nearly every modern opera makes great dramatic and physical demands.

— Maria Jeritza

The fact is that the learning process goes on, and so long as the voices are not stilled and the singers go on singing some of it gets through.

— Morris West

I sing all the time. But maybe nobody’s hearing it, because I’m singing in my car or in my house or whatever. I don’t need the roar of the crowd, and I don’t need to hear cheers to feel validated.

— Natalie Maines

We have a tendency to sugar coat the Civil Rights movement by showing arm in arm and everyone singing ‘Kumbaya’. We don’t really always show the resistance from the government, the resistance from the status quo, from the majority to silence the movement.

— Nate Parker

In ‘Seesaw,’ I played Gittel Mosca, and because it was a musical, I loved it more because I was able to do anything. I was able to use all parts of me that I don’t get to use… the comedy and the singing and the dancing.

— Michele Lee

I was pretty young when I decided I wanted to, well, more so be a singer. I started singing in church in my hometown, East Orange, New Jersey. I knew when I was about five or six that I wanted to be a performer.

— Naturi Naughton

I’m a true singer who grew up singing in church, so I love singing my heart out.

— Naturi Naughton

No matter what as an artist that’s always what you want to do, you want to connect to the audience, you want to be able to send whatever message it is that you’re singing about, you want to be able to convey that – and not make them feel – you want them to feel it, you want them to feel what you feel.

— Naima Adedapo

When I was singing, everybody liked me.

— Nana Mouskouri

My energy to sing, I get it from my singing. Singing was not a reason to make a living. This is the only thing I wanted to do.

— Nana Mouskouri

I was singing about six notes higher than I had to, in a range that kept me up in a bubblegum sound.

— Nancy Sinatra

Write your own songs. It helps you to mean what you’re singing, which will then make it mean something to listeners.

— Natasha Bedingfield

As miserable as I was, once I started singing, I felt better.

— Natalie Cole

When I’m singing or on stage, I become complete all of a sudden. I’m whole. I don’t think I’ve really had that in so many other things in my life.

— Neneh Cherry

People always want to talk about who I was, but I’ve always been singing, always been experimenting with pop music.

— Nicki Minaj

I think a lot of what you do in acting, and for the most part singing and dancing and everything, is trial and error. It’s all about just seeing what works, and if it does, to use it, and if not, to throw it away.

— Nick Jonas

The great thing about Adele is if you put her on top volume, you actually sound like her while you’re singing.

— Nikki Reed

The history of all big jazz bands shows was, first they played for dancing, and then they played for singing.

— Norman Granz

He didn’t want me to become a musician, he wanted me to be a doctor, because he said singing was too hard.

— Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

If they’re singing about heartbreak, they’ve lived it.

— Paula Abdul

I grew up in The Bronx. I mean, I was born and raised in New York City. And I started singing in Spanish because I was always just connected to my Latin roots.

— Prince Royce

Studios are designed to pull out all of that beautiful ambience you get from singing in a room, and then the engineer puts it back in digitally or through whatever machinery you’ve got.

— Patty Griffin

From the age of 12, I had an understanding that singing was something I loved to do more than anything, and I did say to myself, ‘Why not?’ But there were definitely some doubts along the way.

— Patty Griffin

Don and I are infamous for our split, but we’re closer than most brothers. Harmony singing requires that you enlarge yourself, not use any kind of suppression. Harmony is the ultimate love.

— Phil Everly

If you lose your concentration singing harmony, then it’s lackluster and no fun to watch.

— Phil Everly

A clock struck out the hour of twelve, and the bird in the hedgerow was still singing as we marched out to the roadway, and followed our merry pipers home to town.

— Patrick MacGill

What I like about singing is that, for me, it’s a substitute for the psychiatrist’s couch.

— Patti Page

I look for songs that the listener, when they hear it, they believe what I’m singing about, that I know what I’m singing about. That’s my whole deal. I try to choose songs that a male or a female can perform and relate to.

— Patty Loveless

I still miss music and singing. One day, I’m going to sing with a big band.

— Paul Eenhoorn

In the last century, everybody was singing lower.

— Placido Domingo

I then realized that I could never be satisfied again with the mere natural charm of my voice, that I had to constantly paint when singing, melting all the colors, expressing reds and blacks that had to be less primary but bursting with subtly colored combinations.

— Placido Domingo

When I do my own books, I take it as more of my own confessional, but when I illustrate for other people, it is intriguing because I feel like I shouldn’t be stepping too much into the limelight. It’s like playing the piano while someone else is singing.

— Peter Sis

I actually started singing those songs six or seven years ago, when I was an opening act for Frank Sinatra.

— Pia Zadora

I always said, ‘A blind dog with three legs could get a standing ovation for singing ‘I’m Still Here!’

— Polly Bergen

My original dream was to become a singer-songwriter, so I sent a video of myself playing the piano and singing to all the big agencies.

— Park Bo-gum

If I were to leave the U.S., I’d live in England. But I’d never leave the U.S. I own a 400-acre farm in Macon, Georgia. I raise cattle and hogs. I own horses, too. I love horses as much as singing. I like to hunt on horseback.

— Otis Redding

You know, I think you have to sound right singing whatever it is that you sing.

— Randy Travis

I can do an OK manicure, but I need to stick to singing.

— Rebecca Ferguson

I’m quite good at knowing, ‘This isn’t right for me,’ or, ‘That person will be really good at singing that.’

— Rebecca Ferguson

If I could be a musician, I’d do it. I love singing.

— Rebecca Hall

I enjoy the more floaty, exposed, elegant singing.

— Renee Fleming

With classical singing you have to put out so much air – you project, you emit force.

— Renee Fleming

For my own singing, I used to be attracted by the baroque, the flashier the better, but now I prefer a simpler, purer style.

— Renee Fleming

I think singing is one of the most natural things that human beings do, but it’s difficult.

— Renee Fleming

In Wales, singing and storytelling are party skills, not professions.

— Rhys Ifans

If you see the sunset, does it have to mean something? If you hear the birds singing does it have to have a message?

— Robert Wilson

I was a kid, and I remember my mother singing. She was also a radio soap opera actress, but my mother sang.

— Ruben Blades

I like to sing to Verdi, I like singing to Sibelius, and Mahler maybe.

— Rufus Wainwright

Once I started singing, I didn’t have to try to be cool. I was just one of the coolest guys around.

— R. Kelly

I’m slightly obsessed with drag queens and performers. Their quips and their one-liners, their style, their singing… I find it fascinating. And thoroughly entertaining. I’d love to play one.

— Russell Tovey

I worked as a singing, dancing busgirl in high school.

— Rutina Wesley

I was singing a lot of waltzes. And I was with Jerry Kennedy, my producer, and he was playing me some songs, and he said, hey, I want to play you this song that I’m going to get Jackie Ward to record.

— Reba McEntire

The logic was, there weren’t too many female comedians, so I thought I might as well try a field that had fewer competitors than the field I was in, which was acting, singing and dancing.

— Rita Rudner

I love singing. I love it, and it doesn’t feel like a chore. It’s an expression.

— Rihanna

Half the battle is selling music, not singing it. It’s the image, not what you sing.

— Rod Stewart

I enjoy singing, and the instruments which truly move me are the horn, the trumpet and the cello.

— Roger Bannister

I had – after I sang the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ so badly, after my tragic singing accident, after that, you know, all my stuff kind of, like, really got even more full blown and, you know, I got stage fright and, you know, I couldn’t do stand-up anymore and let alone sing and all the other things.

— Roseanne Barr

Everyone around me was super-cool and laid back and skinny and tan and volleyball-y, and I was just this neurotic kid who was singing ‘Annie Get Your Gun.’

— Rachel Bloom

When I lost the use of my hi-hat and bass drum legs, I became basically a singer. I was a drummer who did a bit of singing, and then I became a singer who did a bit of percussion.

— Robert Wyatt

Bob Dylan and John Lennon and Bruce Springsteen, these are soul guys. Bruce Springsteen might not sing like Otis Redding, but he sings with white soul. He’s singing and he’s writing songs from the bottom of his gut.

— Robin Thicke

You can’t really sit and start singing into a laptop at an airport. Well, you could, but you’d have a lot of sound in the background.

— Romy Madley Croft

We went on stage with the Jefferson Airplane, Jim started singing with Grace Slick and hugging her. Then he danced off the stage, went back into the dressing room and passed out cold.

— Ray Manzarek

When Ulysses hears his own story sung by an epic poet and then he reveals his identity and the poet wants to continue singing, Ulysses isn’t interested any longer. That’s very astonishing.

— Raymond Queneau

There is nothing cooler than to have them singing your words back to you. The last show I did, I was kind of nervous about putting the mic out there, because you’re not sure how it’s going to go. But I did, and they sang the whole chorus. I thought, ‘Holy crap! That is the coolest feeling.’ It’s the biggest rush ever.

— RaeLynn

I feel like in every situation in life, I just always end up singing, like, anywhere.

— Ruth B

Usually, my rhymes are just in my head. I start off with a theme, and once I start rapping and writing and singing, the chorus and all that, it just starts flowing. Then it’s done in about an hour! I write a lot of songs.

— Roshon Fegan

If you are speaking about my own songs, I would think so because we were talking about that particular era and I was singing one of my songs that I recorded 50 years ago.

— Ruth Brown

Going back and forth between Western Arabic and African countries clearly created the various musical backgrounds I could have and obviously influenced my professional attitude, my way of approaching both music composition and singing, particularly phrasing.

— Rokia Traore

Singing is about telling a story. When you are onstage, you get to be your own self… When acting, you’re someone else.

— Sabrina Carpenter

When I was 6, I opened my mouth and didn’t stop singing. I had a voice and wanted to use it.

— Sabrina Carpenter

Frank Sinatra changed people’s approach to singing. Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye, van Gogh, they were all part of movements that allowed people to think about their craft differently. They changed the game. These people changed the game.

— Savion Glover

I think I was just bored one summer afternoon, and I decided to post a little video of me singing and playing guitar out of tune.

— Shawn Mendes

If your lifeguard duties were as good as your singing, a lot of people would be drowning.

— Simon Cowell

There is no singing anymore, everything is yelling and shouting and rapping and that is real boring to a guy like me.

— Sebastian Bach

When I started singing, I couldn’t be shut up.

— Shirley Bassey

A cantor, when he starts singing, it’s like rain – once it starts, it’s hard to stop.

— Sholom Aleichem

There are many singers who have got an exceptional talent, but spend their lives singing in local trains or hotels. Does the country even know who they are? Music in India is restricted only to Bollywood. Whoever manages to make a mark there is remembered. The ones who fail to reach and make it big there are forgotten.

— Sonu Nigam

Like most kids, I grew up singing ‘This Land Is Your Land’ in grammar school, but with the most radical verses neatly removed. This was before I knew it was a Woody Guthrie song.

— Steve Earle

When I was younger, acting, singing, and dancing was what it was all about.

— Suki Waterhouse

If you don’t ever stop singing, your voice stays in shape. It’s like the marathon runner. You’ve got to run, run, run to stay in shape.

— Sammy Hagar

I don’t know too much about Bollywood at all, but I’ve done quite a bit of dancing… and not much singing.

— Satya Bhabha

I can still dance a little, yes, but I like singing better. It’s more fun.

— Stanley Donen

It’s so crazy to see people singing along to songs that aren’t even released yet. I’m like, ‘How do you even know the lyrics? Have you been watching YouTube?’

— Seinabo Sey

I love singing some Johnny Cash, which is interesting because it’s in a guy’s key I love singing Elvis Presley.

— Samantha Barks

I never decided to start singing, to be a singer.

— Stephen Malkmus

I was always musical – yelling when I was a baby, singing into a brush and singing in the shower.

— Susan Boyle

There was a certain feeling I developed as a young person for black people. Somehow they were able to get pleasure out of things that I couldn’t see them enjoying. I heard them sing a lot, and I didn’t hear white folks going down the cotton rows singing that much.

— Sam Phillips

It seems like I’ve always been singing, at least since I was 5.

— Shelly Burch

I can never stand in one place on stage for more than a minute and am always singing, dancing and jumping.

— Sunidhi Chauhan

When kids were busy playing at the age of 11, I was singing for the heroine of ‘Shastra.’

— Sunidhi Chauhan

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.

— Susannah McCorkle

When I’m singing, I’m another person. I can be really free, in the sense that I can do whatever I want.

— Selena

I consider myself as a singer first, but something that really helped me come into my own is that there’s not a separation between me singing and me playing the guitar. The two fed off the other.

— Shawn Colvin

I’ve taken singing lessons since I was young, just to work on technique.

— Skylar Laine

Everyone thinks I’m singing falsetto, but that’s my normal singing voice.

— Slim Whitman

I love acting. I love singing. Eventually, I’d love to go on Broadway. I love New York so much.

— Stefanie Scott

I’ve tried singing like somebody else, and it never worked for me. The only thing that has ever worked for me was me being me, so either you love it or not.

— Tamar Braxton

There was a time, actually, when I hadn’t been singing, and I’d lost a lot of my ability. My range had shrunk.

— Tamara Tunie

I’ve been writing songs since I was, like, five and I’ve been singing since, like, I can’t remember.

— Taylor Momsen

I want to try to prove that at 100, I could sing as well as I was singing when I was 45 or 43.

— Tony Bennett

Singing intimately is almost like thinking into a microphone, so it helps to have the song buried inside you.

— Tony Bennett

My first competition, I guess, singing-wise, I was six years old, and there’s a video of it, too. I’m just, like, stick straight. I’m not moving at all, and I’m just singing.

— Tori Kelly

The first record we put out on Fueled by Ramon, ‘The Papercut Chronicles,’ we had no idea what the term ‘producer’ meant. It was just us writing songs, and we are trying to go back to that – singing in a room and vibing off each other.

— Travie McCoy

I have been singing randomly, obsessively, obnoxiously for as long as I can remember.

— Taylor Swift

Sitting on a bedroom floor crying is something that makes you feel really alone. If someone’s singing about that feeling, you feel bonded to that person.

— Taylor Swift

For years and years, Christians have been singing about their wandering hearts. Our hearts need to be recalibrated and realigned and reoriented by God.

— Tullian Tchividjian

I will definitely continue to do Bollywood because that is my thing and I can’t not do it – I have to do the singing and the dancing because it is so much fun. But I would like to explore my opportunities in the West, so we will have to wait and see.

— Tena Desae

When you’re all singing together, it brings things together. I know the songs that my grandfather and my father sang.

— Terry Pratchett

My little boy loves mambo, and my daughter, besides Justin Bieber, likes bachata – in our house, we’re always singing.

— Thalia

I’ve always been singing, and acting was just something that happened.

— Thalia

I didn’t like to be restricted, because when you’re in a choir, you have a part to sing and you sing it. I always liked singing on my own.

— Tom Jones

First of all, I love singing. I mean, I get out of bed and I sing. I can’t help it.

— Tom Jones

I started singing to this one John Legend record it was called ‘Each Day Gets Better,’ or something like that. I started to realize, ‘Wow, I really sound like this dude. If I keep doing this, maybe I can sound dope like John Legend and still rap.’

— Tory Lanez

I try to make music, all kinds of music, whether it be singing or rapping.

— Tory Lanez

Growing up in Cleveland, I learned about singing from my mother, who had once sung professionally and who admired Mahalia Jackson and Aretha Franklin.

— Tracy Chapman

I was the kind of kid who loved singing. I loved rapping I loved attention. But for me, it was more about chasing the dream of being a superstar because of the town I was from and because of what I’d seen.

— Trey Songz

I came from a folk-family background. Although we weren’t really the all-singing, all-dancing-around-the-piano folkies or anything like that, there is that idea of singing and playing with your parents and your family and your cousins.

— Teddy Thompson

I don’t want to wreck my voice. I love to concentrate on playing the bass and keeping it very rock-solid. If I were singing, I would have blown out my voice.

— Tina Weymouth

Singing and being truthful to a song… I’ve developed that skill, and I know how to do that real instinctively, that’s all I’ve been doing for the last 25 years.

— Taylor Dane

The type of music that I love to sing would have to be more bluesy and jazzy and more soul-like ’cause I love to belt when it comes to singing, so I guess bigger songs are what I lean more towards.

— Thia Megia

I’m facing upstage, with my back to the audience, and the spotlight comes up on my back as I start singing.

— Tom Wopat

When you’re doing the traditional musicals, singing songs that are 40 and 50 years old, you realize there’s a reason why those musicals are hits. These are amazing songs!

— Tom Wopat

And my singing, I don’t think I could sing Wagner or opera, but I could probably carry a tune. I was in a musical once, but it was never performed.

— Wallace Shawn

The Siren waits thee, singing song for song.

— Walter Savage Landor

As I go back and listen, the other girls weren’t singing quite like I was.

— Wanda Jackson

I don’t feel like singing should be taken lightly. It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but it’s coming along.

— Wes Borland

I get my flow from Daddy, my singing ability from Mommy, the camera stuff from both. That’s just what happens when you hang out with the Smiths.

— Willow Smith

We gather for prayer, and reading the Bible, and singing the songs of David.

— William Brewster

I studied classical opera, so I was always singing in Italian and German and French.

— Wang Leehom

I like what it is to sing, or to be with the others singing, to make music, but the fuss and all the things that are the exterior part of a career, has never interested me.

— Victoria de los Angeles

The real amazing thing about all of this is I think I’ve maintained the mentality of a musician throughout it all, which I’m proudest of. And I’m still playing on people’s records and singing on people’s records.

— Vince Gill

The most important thing is to make a percussive instrument a singing instrument. Teachers should stress this aspect in their instruction, but it seems that very few of them actually do.

— Vladimir Horowitz

My music is based on melody and when I play the piano, it’s as if I’m singing with them. When you try to transform that into a vocal, there was very little adjustment.

— Yanni

I started singing very early. I was six or seven years old, and I was singing along to TV commercials and figuring out, ‘Oh, hey, I can sing in tune. This is really cool.’ But the songwriting thing came much much later, when I was 19 years old.

— Yuna

In Malaysia, we have a lot of divas, like Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey singers. And they were all so so talented, just very talented. For example, there’s this one jazz singer, her name is Sheila Majid, and I was always singing her songs.

— Yuna

When I look at my streams on Spotify, and I just see it’s hundreds of millions of streams, I think, ‘Wow, that’s amazing.’ But you don’t really get it. Once you see people in front of you singing along to your songs, it’s real.

— Zara Larsson

I’ve always been singing. Since day one. I started doing musical theater and you have to sing in musical theater and so that’s where I got most of my training. So singing on stage, you just inevitably, when you’re around other vocal artists, you get better at singing.

— Zac Efron

No, I’ve been singing forever. I started out doing musicals. I think that was part of the reason why they gave me the part, because I sang.

— Zooey Deschanel
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