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Had I not come out with an inspirational CD, you perhaps would have never known that I feel like I feel, that all songs, all the music I've ever done is a gift from God.

Had I not come out with an inspirational CD, you perhaps would have never known that I feel like I feel, that all songs, all the music I've ever done is a gift from God.

When someone picks up one of my songs and records it, I'm a flattered man, it's a blessing to me. ---->>>

So I wanted to sing inspirational music, and that's exactly how I approached it - only the words have been changed to declare my relationship with God. ---->>>

You know what, I'm probably one of the most blessed people there's ever been, and I thank God for it. ---->>>

We're all going to be victims of temptation at several points in our lives. ---->>>

As human beings, we're very materialistic and have all this stuff - furs and cars and diamonds and money.

As human beings, we're very materialistic and have all this stuff - furs and cars and diamonds and money.

I don't ever balk at being considered a Motown person, because Motown is the greatest musical event that ever happened in the history of music. ---->>>

In fact, I wouldn't really call this a Gospel album, I call it more an inspirational album. ---->>>

That's because we did not set out to make black music. We set out to make quality music that everyone could enjoy and listen to. ---->>>

You know what, life is full of temptations.

You know what, life is full of temptations.

The only thing you're taking out of here is your spirit and your soul, so we need to be conscious to try and develop that part of ourselves, because we're all spiritual creatures. ---->>>

As a kid, this is what I wanted my life to be. Not in my wildest dreams did I ever dare to dream that it would be this. ---->>>

Even if I don't release it myself, somebody else might hear it and want to record it. When you write a song, it gives it that potential. ---->>>

I left Motown because of the regime of people who were there. ---->>>

I always try to write a song, I never just want to write a record. ---->>>

I really haven't strayed too far, musically, from my roots. ---->>>

Drugs are in every walk of life - doctors, lawyers, preachers, the guy who works for IBM, teenagers on the street, teenagers in school. ---->>>

People still look at Michael Jackson as being a Motown artist. ---->>>

When you write a song, a song has longevity. ---->>>

Once you're a Motown artist, that's your stigmatism, and I was there from the very first day. ---->>>

Once you're a Motown artist, you're always a Motown artist. ---->>>

Songwriting is my gift from God. ---->>>

We're very physical creatures, and we worry about how we look sometimes more than our spiritual selves. ---->>>

I've been speaking at churches for years, as well as juvenile jails, rehabs and hospitals, and I always talk about my faith. That is a declaration of my relationship with God. ---->>>

There are very few courses around Detroit I haven't played. ---->>>

And I can say this, most of the people who have recorded my songs are songwriters themselves. ---->>>

I had been stockpiling Gospel songs for other artists, and had planned to submit them to Gospel artists. ---->>>

I played golf all over Detroit. ---->>>

Motown will always be a heavy-duty part of my life because those are my roots. ---->>>

My mother was a churchgoing lady, so I always heard about God at home. ---->>>

One thing I can say about the Motown acts is that we were a family. That's not a myth. ---->>>

Originally I was not writing songs for myself. ---->>>

There's so many wonderful gospel people out there, and I don't necessarily want to compete with those people. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 02-19, 1940
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Occupation: Musician

William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr. (born February 19, 1940) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and former record executive. Robinson was the founder and front man of the Motown vocal group the Miracles, for which he also served as the group's chief songwriter and producer. Robinson led the group from its 1955 origins as the Five Chimes until 1972 when he announced a retirement from the group to focus on his role as Motown's vice president (wikipedia)