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Michael Bolton Quotes

A lot of my success comes from black music. It's something I'm very proud of.

A lot of the greatest compositions were made famous by Sinatra.

Black music has increased my enjoyment of what I do. It has increased my range, my ability to reach into myself and accept myself.

Considering the amount of information we're bombarded by, it's amazing if a song can transcend time.

Dr. King is so inspiring, so impressive, so moving as a human being.

For years I've kept a list of dream projects.

I have friends who've tried to break into the UK, who went back with their tails between their legs. Fortunately I've had the opposite experience.

I have to be happy in the here and now because every time you start focusing on your legacy you're really setting yourself up for disappointment.

I kept looking to do songs that were written years ago and would live or outlive all of us, and the one thing they had in common was Sinatra.

I love songwriting. It's second to my love for singing in how I express myself.

I was blown away by the control and the range that I was hearing. I'm listening to Pavarotti and thinking, What the hell have I been doing with my voice all these years?

I'm proud of my mentors. Ray Charles is the strongest influence on me as a singer.

It's a combination of melody and lyrics, not one without the other. It's a confluence of these different elements that makes something powerful.

It's an important thing to remember where you came from.

It's understanding the intention of a composer that allows a producer and an arranger to make those moments speak.

No matter how great we get with digital formats of instrumentation, nothing really quite duplicates the real thing.

One song will launch you, but you don't want to be a one-song artist.

Sinatra, here's a guy who plays a tough guy in all his movies, but was allowed to be vulnerable when he stepped up to the microphone.

Someone told me there was a publisher that could find a good home for my songs, but I didn't want to give up my pursuit of a career in the business as an artist.

The bigger you are, the harder they come down on you.