Estelle, on the early days: "I had my night jobs, my day jobs ... all kinds of jobs, but it just didn't make me happy. I believe in living---not just surviving---doing what you feel as well as paying your bills. After struggling a couple of years with, 'Do I work, or do I pursue music?' I said, 'I'm just going to go and do music. ... I was this black girl from the 'hood, and no one got it. ... But I said, 'I'm just going to go for it,' and I prayed. I found a press officer and distributor, and we got on the grind."