Aaron Neville 2

I’m here now because of my faith. That’s what got me singing and what has kept me singing. That is what I have: what has kept me doing right and has provided me with the chances and the attitude and the skills to do this.
Aaron Neville

Singing is my entire life. I nearly lost that. I am so blessed to be able to do this. It’s the only thing I’ve ever wanted to do.
Aaron Neville

Don Was is a friend of mine; we’ve done projects together over the years.
Aaron Neville

It’s one of the greatest festivals in the world. New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest is the best all-around… It’s an honor to be closing it.
Aaron Neville

When I was growing in the Callope project, we had an oval parkway. Pavement ran around this whole thing. We’d skate or ride bicycles. There were benches and trees out there. It was paradise to us. They finished building it the same year I was born.
Aaron Neville

I’ve been into every doo-wop there is. I think I went to the university of doo-wop-ology.
Aaron Neville

If we were poor, we didn’t know it ’cause I guess you don’t miss what you never had. So, you know, we made do with whatever. We used to make our own toys, and we used to play with spinning tops and marbles. A pocket full of marbles, and you were rich – you didn’t worry about no money.
Aaron Neville

My brother Art was a doo-wopper. He had a group that sat out on a park bench in New Orleans and sang harmonies at night, and they’d go around and win all the talent shows and get all the girls, you know.
Aaron Neville

I used to always sing my way into the movies and the basketball games or whatever. I’d sing for whoever’s on the door, and they’d let me in. I used to think I was Nat King Cole back in the day, you know. So I’d sing something like, ‘Mona Lisa, Mona Lisa, men have named you,’ and they’d let me in.
Aaron Neville

I started listening to gospel when I was a little boy and my grandmother used to rock me on her lap.
Aaron Neville

My dad and my mom were big Nat King Cole fans, so they had everything he did.
Aaron Neville

I always feel I’m blessed, you know. I thank God for letting me use his voice. That’s how I see it.
Aaron Neville

Ain’t no place like New Orleans. It’s one of kind.
Aaron Neville

When I was living in the projects, I had a mop stick for my horse. I wanted to be Gene Autry or Roy Rogers, so I would ride my mop through the projects.
Aaron Neville

That’s one thing you hear in my voice today. I could yodel from one octave to another octave. It always fascinated me.
Aaron Neville

I know that God is good, and he saved me from hell and damnation.
Aaron Neville

Age and numbers are a concept made up by man.
Aaron Neville

I grew up singing Ray Charles and Jimmy Reed.
Aaron Neville

God is waiting for us, to forgive us all, and what is broken, he’ll fix.
Aaron Neville

Be honest, be nice, be a flower not a weed.
Aaron Neville

I know the fact that I was born means I have to die, so my only aim is to reach out and help someone along the way.
Aaron Neville

Every day, some act of kindness comes my way, even if it’s just someone opening the door. It happens every day if you keep an eye out for it. Keeping an eye out, that’s the key.
Aaron Neville

You’ve just got to sing, do some kind of singing every day. Early mornings and cold weather can mess with that. I drink special teas with cayenne pepper, but I think you’re psyching yourself out, really.
Aaron Neville

My drummer, bass player, and guitar player sing backgrounds. They play and sing. I can sing all the harmonies, but I can’t do it alone.
Aaron Neville

There are so many songs in my heart and in my brain. I wake up at 2 in the morning, and I have to get up and sing them. There are so many of them, it’s ridiculous.
Aaron Neville

The music of the Clovers and Spaniels and the rest was like candy to me. I couldn’t get enough; my teachers probably thought I had attention deficit disorder.
Aaron Neville

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