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Through the years, I found we had Native American blood in us. My great-grandmother came from the island of Martinique, and they hooked up with the Native Americans of Louisiana.
Aaron Neville

It’s up to God to do the judging. You haven’t walked in my boots, so how are you going to judge me?
Aaron Neville

I might see something on TV and get inspired to write about it. I can’t sit down and plan to write. It has to come to me in my head like someone telling me the words.
Aaron Neville

The first time I recorded without Allen Toussaint, I wanted to do doo-wop. Everything I’ve done since then has got some kind of doo-wop essence in it.
Aaron Neville

I even done a doo-wop version of the Mickey Mouse march.
Aaron Neville

Doo-wop is the true music to me, man. Doo-wop was what nurtured me and grew me into who I am, and I guess even when I was in school, the teacher probably thought I had ADD or something every day, because I’d be beating on the desks, singing like the Flamingos or the Spaniels or Clyde McPhatter or somebody.
Aaron Neville

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

I’ve done all different kinds of genres – doo-wop, pop, funk, gospel, country, jazz, you name it.
Aaron Neville

I just sing what I feel in my heart. I ain’t trying to prove nothing, and I don’t think I ever did.
Aaron Neville

Without faith, I don’t think I’d be here.
Aaron Neville

I didn’t just get to 75 years by tiptoeing. I had to work hard sometimes.
Aaron Neville

I never really got paid for ‘Tell It Like Is,’ but I look back at it and say God knew what he was doing; he probably figured that if I had got money back in them days, I wouldn’t be here now. That’s okay. I’m here. And I’m still singing the song.
Aaron Neville

I write poetry on my iPhone. I’ve got about 100 poems on there.
Aaron Neville

‘Yellow Moon’ was a poem. My wife at the time, Joel – she’s dead now – it was our 25th anniversary. She had the chance to go on a cruise with her sister. And I’m home with the kids and looking up, and I saw the big moon, and I just started writing.
Aaron Neville

I buried Joel on our 48th anniversary. I had been with her since I was 16.
Aaron Neville

I eat a lot of fish to stay healthy.
Aaron Neville

When I get down to Louisiana, I get to have a taste of some of that great food.
Aaron Neville

I balance with prayer and music. I sing every day.
Aaron Neville

Sometimes in the middle of the night, I wake up with a song in my head, and I have to finish it so I can fall back asleep.
Aaron Neville

People are living a lot longer these days and not preparing for it. I’m in the gym and, you know, using my voice.
Aaron Neville

A lot of my solo albums were produced by different people who had their idea of what songs I should do, and they had me doing a lot of ballads.
Aaron Neville

I worked with the Neville Brothers for 40-some years on the highway, and up and down since I can remember – funk from New Orleans.
Aaron Neville

I think the Creator renews me.
Aaron Neville

I’ve had problems with my throat over the years, playing with loud bands for years, and I’ve had bruised vocal chords and nodules.
Aaron Neville

I’ll be singing with The Blind Boys of Alabama, which is a great joy to me. I’ve done some work with them before, and they truly are amazing.
Aaron Neville

The gospel music and doo-wop is what has informed me personally.
Aaron Neville

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