She Shreds

A collection of quotes from women in music


“You should never feel afraid to become a piece of art. It’s exhilarating.” – Nicki Minaj

“Songwriting is a very mysterious process. It feels like creating something from nothing. It’s something I don’t feel like I really control.” – Tracy Chapman

” You can’t copy anybody and end with anything. If you copy, it means you’re working without any real feeling. No two people on earth are alike, and it’s got to be that way in music or it isn’t music.” – Billie Holiday

“I never dove into my personal experiences. I didn’t want to be vulnerable,” she says. “I always felt like [rap] was escapism, but sometimes you can miss being human.” – Iggy Azaelea

“As a singer I tried on all these hats, these voices, these clothes, and eventually out came me.” – Carly Simon

“When I sing, trouble can sit right on my shoulder and I don’t even notice.” – Sarah Vaughan

“I hate that word,” she says. “Legend, icon, diva. I hate all those fucking words. They’re meaningless. I prefer Cher.” – Cher

“Always be smarter than the people who hire you.” – Lena Horne

“If something great happens, I celebrate it for about—I’m not even kidding—a minute and a half,” she says. “Then I start thinking about the next step.”-Ariana Grande

“You can’t just sit there and wait for people to give you that golden dream. You’ve got to get out there and make it happen for yourself.” – Diana Ross

“If a song’s about something I’ve experienced or that could’ve happened to me it’s good. But if it’s alien to me, I couldn’t lend anything to it. Because that’s what soul is all about.” – Aretha Franklin

“I think women want freedom. They want to be empowered. They want hope. They want love; they want all the things that I want, and I’m not afraid to say those things and act on them, and I think that’s why they identify with me.” – Rihanna

“You have got to discover you, what you do, and trust it.” – Barbra Streisand



“And since we all came from a woman
Got our name from a woman and our game from a woman
I wonder why we take from our women
Why we rape our women, do we hate our women?
I think it’s time to kill for our women
Time to heal our women, be real to our women
And if we don’t we’ll have a race of babies
That will hate the ladies, that make the babies
And since a man can’t make one
He has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one”
— Tupac Shakur Keep Ya Head Up






Photo by oouinouin from Nanterre, France (rihanna – bercy 2011 – 33) [CC BY 2.0 (]