The original natural woman talks about her first holiday album and upcoming memoir.
On working with her daughter It became a true collaboration. One of her gifts was to get me to an enthusiasm level for a performance; she knew what to say, what to suggest.
On avoiding the dark side of fame It's an active quest to be grounded. I wanted to have a life of my own and balance that with occasional performing. That was my priority—not having more fame or more money.
On her music's impact I read that Amy Winehouse's funeral service ended with my song “So Far Away.” Her father said it was one of her favorites. I wish she had been able to hear the song's deeper meaning: Don't throw away your life; you don't need to go live in that other place; you can make it. My heart goes out to her and her family, and how they must have struggled and will always struggle now without her. I'm glad my music was meaningful to her. I wish I could have had more of a positive influence on her to hang on to life.