"I sang backup for Oleta for many years and learned so much from her on stage and off. She is a master storyteller and this is one of my favorite lyrics...Love coming to the rescue."
Song: "What a Wonderful World"
Performer: Louis Armstrong
Album: What a Wonderful World
"This song makes my spirit smile. It's so hopeful even in the darkest of times. My favorite line: 'I hear babies crying / I watch them grow / They'll learn much more / Than I'll ever know / And I think to myself / What a wonderful world.'"
Song: "Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me"
Performers: Gladys Knight & The Pips
"Gladys Knight is my favorite singer EVER and this is my favorite song she sings. Whenever I sing it I think of it this way...The lyrics are a gift to the listener."
Song: "Love's Holiday"
Performers: Earth, Wind & Fire
Album: All 'N All
"Anything by Earth, Wind & Fire really brings me joy because it transports me back to childhood growing up in Brooklyn, NY, sitting on the stoop with friends, jumping double dutch, dancing at block parties...and the voices of Maurice White and Philip Bailey sailing over the Earth, Wind & Fire horns!"
Song: "Moving Forward"
Performer: Israel Houghton
Album: The Power of One
"Sometimes I listen to this song when I need a reminder of my inner strength and power, those times when doubt is hovering and I'm ready to move to the next level but scared to leap. This song is a boost to my faith."