Andra Day 3

I was a dancer for long time. And you always hear that ballet is the core of dance, and that – once you have that down – you can do everything else. For me, jazz is like that for music.
Andra Day

I knew that I could sing when I was young. I would listen to a lot of jazz; I’m a big jazz fan. When I first got to high school and studied musical theater, I could sing. But I added certain things to my voice, and I realized after graduating high school that this is the kind of voice I had. It’s not very nimble, but it’s heavy.
Andra Day

That’s why I loved Dinah Washington. She sung jazz, but they called her the Queen of the Blues. She had the control and sophistication of jazz in her note selection and how to attack a song or certain lines, but then attacked it with a painful force of blues behind it. That’s why I admired her so much, because of that versatility.
Andra Day

I love hip-hop, and everybody knows that.
Andra Day

I’ve been blessed with so many opportunities and so many amazing things throughout this process. But all the while, I remember that the reason that I’m here and the reason that I do music and tell these stories is that people come to know the love, the God that I know.
Andra Day

Foreknowledge is a wonderful thing.
Andra Day

It would have been so awesome to be born in the Thirties and be in your prime in the Fifties. Except for the whole being black thing, obviously!
Andra Day

My style was established in the Forties and Fifties, then got dragged through the decades and picked up a couple more things on the way.
Andra Day

My band and I are even closer. They’ve grown with me over four years, so we’re closer and closer and closer.
Andra Day

I’m grateful for the fans who’ve been there from the beginning and am excited about how we’ve grown and how we’ve evolved now.
Andra Day

‘Rise Up’ is definitely my baby. I think it was a gift because, you know, it’s like God just spoke to me and wrote that song. It’s very powerful.
Andra Day

My faith was eventually what helped me face myself, tell the truth about everything I had done, face criticism, cope with guilt, pain, and grow from all of it.
Andra Day

At my shows, I like everyone to have a good time… but, I like for us to be real because there’s freedom in that.
Andra Day

Actors and singers share common ground in that they both express something.
Andra Day

I am happy that I can challenge myself in various fields.
Andra Day

I get people today who say, ‘I first heard about you through the Stevie Wonder commercial.’ The power of advertising in that way is incredible.
Andra Day

When you walk in the front of the White House, the pictures on the walls, they change out pretty frequently. They’re all very cool and historical, with pictures from the current term and past terms.
Andra Day

Listening to the stories told in jazz music and how those artists expressed their truths about the times and what they were dealing with is what struck me the most.
Andra Day

I loved Lauryn Hill; I loved the Fugees.
Andra Day

I’m a hip-hop fan, and I’m a Southern Cali girl.
Andra Day

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