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Andra Day, American Musician ( December 30, 1984 - )

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I was always inundated with music, whether it be my mother's favorites like Fleetwood Mac and Carole King and the Carpenters, or my dad's jazz music.~Andra Day


Mother Music Dad

Soul music is true to its name. It's music that connects to your soul, your spirit. When music resonates with people's spirit like that, when people can emotionally connect with something or it helps to heal them, transform them, that never goes out of style. People will always need something to relate to.~Andra Day


Music Soul People

The visuals are equally as important as the music. It's all a complete experience.~Andra Day


Music Experience Important

I like the Victory rolls, beehive, pompadour - all of that stuff. It's just cool. And actually, with ethnic hair, oddly enough, it works so well because I don't have to tease my hair to get body.~Andra Day


Cool Victory Hair

It's hard to remember my childhood without remembering music.~Andra Day


Music Childhood Remember

I feel like fear is a very real thing, a very ubiquitous thing, and it can be very subtle.~Andra Day


Fear Real Feel

I'm inherently a chameleon... to not evolve is to not live.~Andra Day


Live Evolve Chameleon

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


School High School Young

It was so surreal, having my parents hear the President and First Lady saying to me, 'Good to see you again! We're so proud of you. We watched you on the Grammys and were like, 'That's our girl!'~Andra Day


Parents Good Girl

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


Common Share Something

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


Myself Happy Challenge

I'm not going to put myself in a box.~Andra Day


Myself Box Going

My father loved music. He loved Motown and R&B, and my mother loved Journey and Fleetwood Mac, so they were always listening to it and playing it.~Andra Day


Mother Music Journey

I pray, read the word, and then creative stuff happens here. Problem-solving and all of that comes into that space. So 'Da Box' actually represents my sanctuary and that time. I might look trapped in a box, but I'm actually more free in that box than anyone on the outside looking in or in any other space in my life.~Andra Day


Life Time Space

I play with doing a forehead bun a lot, just a bantu knot right in front of the forehead and keep it in with a clip. And I like doing real pinup styles but based on my natural hair.~Andra Day


Hair Doing Play

My style icons are Lucille Ball for her bouffant hair and all the updos, James Dean for his rockabilly style - the denim and rolled-up T-shirt thing. And I am also inspired by Dita Von Teese and Gwen Stefani. Their style is retro, but it's still very feminine at the same time.~Andra Day


Time I Am Style

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.~Andra Day


Peace Inspire Motivation

I think gratitude is a big thing. It puts you in a place where you're humble.~Andra Day


Gratitude Humble You

When I'm not working, I still love bright colors and patterns, but I choose pieces that are much more casual - I call it my lazy pinup look.~Andra Day


Love Colors Look

As a singer, if I'm in a room that is too cold, I kind of freak out, so I actually like the humidity, and I love the heat.~Andra Day


Love Kind Singer

I gleaned different style ideas over the years. In Southern California, there is a big rockabilly sub-culture. So when I would go to car shows, I would see women dressed like this. I had a teacher in high school that always had her Bette Paige bangs.~Andra Day


Teacher Women School

I like things that are over the top and subtle at the same time.~Andra Day


Time Top Same

I like very, very dramatic eyeliner: I take it all the way out to my eyebrows.~Andra Day


Way Like Dramatic

I tell people all the time - I'm a very spiritual person, so I pray over everything that I do including creating music, a new song.~Andra Day


Music Time Spiritual

Whichever chord progressions move me, whether it's rock, jazz, doo-wop or soul, I'm going to put it together and not be worried about whether people can put it in a lane or not.~Andra Day


Together Soul People

I always felt more comfortable with a full face of makeup.~Andra Day


Makeup Face Always

In order to cultivate a set of leaders with legitimacy in the eyes of the citizenry, it is necessary that the path to leadership be visibly open to talented and qualified individuals of every race and ethnicity.~Sandra Day O'Connor


Leadership Eyes Path

I loved my husband very much, and it was heartbreaking to have him develop Alzheimer's disease, and to stand by and watch him decline in his ability to take care of himself.~Sandra Day O'Connor


Husband Loved Care

I don't know that there are any short cuts to doing a good job.~Sandra Day O'Connor


Good Job Short

My concern was whether I could do the job of a justice well enough to convince the nation that my appointment was the right move.~Sandra Day O'Connor


Justice Job Nation

We don't accomplish anything in this world alone... and whatever happens is the result of the whole tapestry of one's life and all the weavings of individual threads form one to another that creates something.~Sandra Day O'Connor


Life Alone World

The power I exert on the court depends on the power of my arguments, not on my gender.~Sandra Day O'Connor


Power Gender Court

We pay a price when we deprive children of the exposure to the values, principles, and education they need to make them good citizens.~Sandra Day O'Connor


Education Children Good

It matters enormously to a successful democratic society like ours that we have three branches of government, each with some independence and some control over the other two. That's set out in the Constitution.~Sandra Day O'Connor


Society Independence

The courts of this country should not be the places where resolution of disputes begins. They should be the places where the disputes end after alternative methods of resolving disputes have been considered and tried.~Sandra Day O'Connor


End Resolution Country

As a citizen, you need to know how to be a part of it, how to express yourself - and not just by voting.~Sandra Day O'Connor


Yourself Voting You

Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time. No one learns more about a problem than the person at the bottom.~Sandra Day O'Connor


Time Best May

Young women today often have very little appreciation for the real battles that took place to get women where they are today in this country. I don't know how much history young women today know about those battles.~Sandra Day O'Connor


Women History Today

I think the important thing about my appointment is not that I will decide cases as a woman, but that I am a woman who will get to decide cases.~Sandra Day O'Connor


Woman I Am Important

My hope is that 10 years from now, after I've been across the street at work for a while, they'll all be glad they gave me that wonderful vote.~Sandra Day O'Connor


Work Hope Politics

It is difficult to discern a serious threat to religious liberty from a room of silent, thoughtful schoolchildren.~Sandra Day O'Connor


Politics Silent Liberty

What was a problem was the excessive amount of media attention to the appointment of the first woman and everything she did. Everywhere that Sandra went, the press was sure to go. And that got tiresome; it was stressful.~Sandra Day O'Connor


Woman Media Problem

Justice Ginsburg is a very competent justice, and it is a joy to have her on the court, but particularly for me it is a pleasure to have a second woman on the court.~Sandra Day O'Connor


Woman Justice Joy

If I stumbled badly in doing the job, I think it would have made life more difficult for women, and that was a great concern of mine and still is.~Sandra Day O'Connor


Life Women Great

The framers of the Constitution were so clear in the federalist papers and elsewhere that they felt an independent judiciary was critical to the success of the nation.~Sandra Day O'Connor


Success Independent Nation

Society as a whole benefits immeasurably from a climate in which all persons, regardless of race or gender, may have the opportunity to earn respect, responsibility, advancement and remuneration based on ability.~Sandra Day O'Connor


Respect Opportunity May

Yes, I will bring the understanding of a woman to the Court, but I doubt that alone will affect my decisions.~Sandra Day O'Connor


Woman Alone Decisions

The more education a woman has, the wider the gap between men's and women's earnings for the same work.~Sandra Day O'Connor


Education Work Women

Despite the encouraging and wonderful gains and the changes for women which have occurred in my lifetime, there is still room to advance and to promote correction of the remaining deficiencies and imbalances.~Sandra Day O'Connor


Women Changes Wonderful

The Establishment Clause prohibits government from making adherence to a religion relevant in any way to a person's standing in the political community.~Sandra Day O'Connor


Community Religion

You have citizens who don't understand how government works and they're kind of soured on it. All they do is criticize. They have no idea that they can make things happen.~Sandra Day O'Connor


Government You Kind

We have a complex system of government. You have to teach it to every generation.~Sandra Day O'Connor


Generation Government You