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I went to a performing arts school, and we studied musical theater, jazz vocal performance, and they kind of start you out on those things because they feel like it is a good foundation, and it was.
Andra Day

When I heard Billie Holiday’s voice, Nina Simone’s and Ella Fitzgerald’s – there was something about their voices to me that was such a different texture than what I was used to listening to at the time. Hearing those jazz voices were so different, and I think I just gravitated toward it.
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Tony Bennett is an iconic jazz legend.
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I always knew I wanted to be a performance artist.
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At a young age, I wanted to be a prima ballerina and had these grand ideas that I would go study at Juilliard. It’s something I laugh about now.
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I was heavily influenced by big voices when I was younger. People like Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, and Patti Labelle really spoke to me. When I got older, I was into Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, and Lauryn Hill, but it wasn’t until I started working with a voice coach that I really dove into jazz music.
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The reach of Coke and McDonald’s is undeniable, and I’m thrilled these iconic brands are joining forces to inspire local communities through messages of peace and motivation in unique ways. It’s an added bonus that they are using the lyrics to ‘Rise Up’ as a part of those messages.
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My prayers are being answered for my career. These are prayers I’ve been praying for as a kid.
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I want people to… not be afraid of their truth.
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No matter how dark or precarious it may seem, continue to pursue your truth.
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I think gratitude is a big thing. It puts you in a place where you’re humble.
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I give credit to my team. I have dedicated people from my label, my fans, and people at these companies that believe in me.
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I do devotion in the morning. I pray and I read the word.
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When I was 20, I wanted to be famous and win a Grammy and have people respect and love me.
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I’m very obsessed with pop culture of the mid-century and it goes hand-in-hand with the music that I studied in school.
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I actually like the sort of industrial, working-class woman like Rosie the Riveter, so I’m kind of like the sort of street style of the ’50s.
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I think fashion and artistry go hand in hand.
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The visuals are equally as important as the music. It’s all a complete experience.
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It’s hard to remember my childhood without remembering music.
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I established early what I was and wasn’t willing to accept. People tried to say what I had to do, whether it be pop or R&B, to be successful. Even when I was in the girl group, they would try to make our voices sound very radio-friendly and fit that mold. But even before I got signed, I knew who I was and who I wanted to be.
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Once you see how powerful music is and how it can affect people, then you want to use it to impact the world.
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The album ‘Cheers to the Fall’ is really kind of me breaking out and being like, ‘Listen, I don’t care about criticism, and I don’t care about possibility of failure. I’m going to do it. And if I do fail, well then, here’s to it.’
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When I graduated, everyone was like, ‘You got to do pop and R&B to make it,’ like very contemporary pop and R&B. I tried for a little while, but I just realized my voice wasn’t quite fitting some of the records that I was doing.
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I love the Black Keys because I love that guy’s voice.
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I love different eclectic bands. I love Phoenix and Kimber.
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My sister and I – she’s a musician – we jam all the time. We always play around for giggles with stuff that seem unconventional or stuff that seems funny. A lot of the stuff sometimes is just a response from jam sessions in her room, so she’ll be on the guitar or the keyboard, and we’ll just start singing and doing stuff.
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