Aaron Neville

  • American musician
  • Born January 24, 1941

Aaron Joseph Neville (born January 24, 1941) is an American R&B and soul vocalist and musician. He has had four platinum albums and four Top 10 hits in the United States, including three that went to #1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart. His debut single, from 1966, was #1 on the Soul chart for five weeks. He has also recorded with his brothers Art, Charles and Cyril as The Neville Brothers and is the father of singer/keyboards player Ivan Neville. Neville is of mixed African-American, Caucasian, and Native American (Choctaw) heritage.

So now I have a collection of poetry by Aaron Neville and I give it to people I want to share it with. I'd like to publish it someday.

When you were a kid, a day was a long time and a year was a long time.

I just sing. You have to use it.

If you had told me I'd be making 62 tomorrow, I'd say you were lying.

I owe it all to Jesus.

I feel it was just a few years ago I was running around in short pants.

When I record something, I'll take a drive and just listen.

I always loved Sam Cooke, because he seemed very versatile. He sang gospel, soul, blues, pop music.

I was very surprised when I heard that I had been chosen to receive the James Cardinal Gibbons Award.

Me and my partners had been stealing cars for a while.

I sing around the house, in the shower.

I always tell people I want to see the world through His eyes, and I want people to see Him in me.

I think things happened the way they did for a reason.

My friends and I were wild and we liked to joy-ride.

The extras are a nice bonus feature, but the main incentive is the musical experience.

We lived together as kids, and now we're taking care of each other as men.

Growing up my mother played Sarah Vaughan and Nat Cole in the house regularly.

So I went in front of the judge, and I had my St. Jude prayer book in my pocket and my St. Jude medal. And I'm standing there and that judge said I was found guilty, so he sentenced me to what the law prescribed: one to 14 years.

Until I went to rehab, I didn't understand what it did.

It's a 360-degree sound experience. Like you're in the middle of the band. A lot of people have the technology to play the format, so why not put it out there. It sounds great.

Every morning I wake up and thank God.

I really like listening to music in my car.

I was raised Catholic, but my father's people were Methodist, so we went to both churches.

But I knew if I ran I'd never be able to sing, so I had to take my punishment.