BD: What many people don't know is that you are a songwriter. Do you prefer the writing side or the performance side?

MS: I take more pride in what I write than even what I sing. Singing is the biggest thing for me in my life, but over the years, it has turned into writing and I have written 898 [songs] to date. I am a very serious writer, and I do believe—other people may have different opinions—[that] I have some very credible music to offer.

BD: So do you find it easier to sing the songs you have written or easier to sing a well-known song?

MS: It is easier, for me, to sing the stuff that I write. It doesn't mean that I am necessarily a crappy singer, it just simply means that I can't be any more real than singing what I have to say.


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