We all know how great music makes us feel. R&B music and its lyrics are powerful. Jazz soothes the soul and warms the heart. As Confucius once said, ” Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without “. We music lovers all know this to be true, we cannot live without our music. Music is a necessary part of our existence. When we listen to music, it leaves an impact on each of us. Music can be a great stress reducer and many people have positive experiences when listening to music; whether it’s sad, or upbeat.

So, for the coming year, BackBeat R&B has compiled a list of inspirational quotes from some of the most talented and legendary artists in the music and dance business. These inspirational quotes cover R&B, Jazz, love songs and more. Some were personally submitted by the Artist themselves and others were selected by BackBeat R&B as a favorite food for thought.

We leave 2019 with an inspirational thought from current musical Artists, and those no longer with us. The effectiveness of music, and how it heals the souls of so many will continue to live on forever. As Plato once said, ” Every Soul is a Melody Which Needs Renewing”.


“Changes in life are not always easy or easily accepted; but in order to grow, we all must go through change”

Cheryl Cooley

From: Klymaxx album, “The Maxx Is Back” 1990

Carlton J Smith-Soul Man

…to everyone who reads this, please know that your destiny along with your blessings await you. Just keep your eye on the prize and let Nothing and No One get in your way. Eliminate any and all negativity and focus solely on the desires of your heart. Concentrate on that which you feel you were born to do and then walk by faith…

Kevin Harrington-KHX (Kevin Harrington Xperiment)

“Life is a Great Teacher Be the Ultimate Student”

Stan Alston (Main Ingredient and The Alston Experience)

“The most important thing on this earth is your health.”

Delfonics Greg Hill

”It’s not all about the beginning or the end… it’s about the journey in between”

Blue Magic Wendell Sawyer

There’s an old African Proverb that said, “Man know Thyself” and I said, “Man and Woman know Thyself”. If you don’t know who you are, then you don’t know why you are here and what is your purpose for being here. You were put in this world for a reason and you need to know what that is, you can find the answer by looking inside yourself and find the real you and you will tell yourself why you are here.

Fresh Band Tony Mack

“Christ is STILL the reason for the season”.

Andra Day

“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”.

Cheryl Song-Soul Train Dancer

“Dance Like No One is Watching”

Percy Sledge

Guys like me and Ray Charles, when we was coming up through our days, country music and soul music was just a very thin line between the two”.

Quincy Jones

Cherish your mistakes, and you won’t keep making them over and over again. It’s the same with heartbreaks and girls and everything else. Cherish them, and they’ll put some wealth in you”.

BackBeat R&B hopes you enjoyed reading these quotes as we enjoyed compiling them. We believe living and enjoying your best life is through the music you love. Happy New Year!

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