|Birth name||Eldra Patrick DeBarge|
|Also known as||EL Debarge|
June 4, 1961 |
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Origin||Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.|
RZA is one of the most unique individuals and rap artists that I have worked with.
It gets lonely. I miss my family on stage. This might change one day. I'm certainly not going to say I'm not going to work with them again.
When I think about that first DeBarge album, I remember being so green… just pristine. Nothing mattered to me but writing songs. I remember staying locked up in a room with my piano and just singing and writing songs all day long. I remember being a perfectionist about it… wanting to change this and fix that.
Keep your eye on what you're responsible to and what you're responsible for, and that'll keep you right.
God gave me a second chance. I am so very glad with what is going on with my career, but I want to be a success in my relationship with my children.
When I write songs, when I sing songs, I don't have anybody in mind. I'm just trying to express what I think people are feeling.
The devil is busy and trying to distort and adulterate the things that are the pure essence of God.
The way you can be careful of the catastrophe that success can bring is by paying attention to something else that comes along with success – responsibility.
I'm not crazy. But I am different. I'm still learning about myself.
Like everyone else in this world, I have had struggles. There's disappointment and obstacles in everybody's life. I feel like I was writing 'Second Chance' not just for myself, but also for the people who have struggled.
I'm not like other writers. I'm not hung up on using my own songs. In fact, my sister Bunny always tells me I sing other people's songs better than my own. She says I loosen up and give the songs a different feel.
I hit rock bottom before I even went there. Actually, prison was the rescue mission that God had put on me. He sent out his angels to rescue me. In prison, he protected me the whole time I was in there, and it was just for me to get my will power back, to get my strength back, get my focus together.
I was in no way ready when my daughter was born. But I want to be a good father to her.
There's music to dance to and make love to, music to cry to. I'm starting from scratch, coming fresh. But my sound still embodies the same soulful, intricate harmonies.
There's a little bit of gospel in everything I do. But I don't know if I will ever do a gospel album. There's a big universe out here, and I don't want to just sing to the church. I want to sing to the world and bring them a message of love. I love going to church and singing gospel songs, but right now there's a message that the world needs.
I'm a nice guy, but not all the time. There are these personalities in me, so many of them. They come out at strange times. I can be one way, then five minutes later I'm another way.
BET, I'll never, never, ever forget them for this wonderful blessing they gave to me, to be on the 10th annual BET awards for my comeback.
The piano has been my friend all my life; it has always comforted me. Writing songs and sitting down at the piano is not only a business, it's a hobby I enjoy.
God strengthened me and taught me who I am in Him. He taught me that not only do I need to have faith in Him, but I need to believe in myself again.
I know that I'm here because of the grace of God. But I also know that I've been given this second chance for a specific reason, and that is to bring love to the world again through the voice of my music, and I'm so honored to be able to do it. I'm so blessed that God has chosen me to do that.
There's a certain missing feeling, a void out there that I'm more than happy to fill. Without criticizing what's out there now, I'm just going to do El DeBarge.