"I love to listen to Marvin Gaye," said Seal of the soul legend. "He was a huge inspirational figure in my life, and how can you love music and not love Marvin? I think one of my favorites is 'Save the Children,' that's the one that really kind of gets me."
"It's quite long, but I think you can really feel his soul in that song, and really, that's kind of what music is all about. That's certainly what we try and aspire to as musicians is to try and communicate this emotion and always try and make it, allow it to come from a deep place. I think that's when music's at its best, when there's no edit points from the artist to the listener."
"There's a classical opera singer by the name of Franco Corelli who's known in classical circles," said Seal. "His version of 'Nessun Dorma,' I think, is arguably one of the finest vocal performances ever heard."
"[The] reason I feel so is because you hear him hit the high C in 'Nessun Dorma' and he just, it seems as though he's got so much more. It's effortless. It's kind of what people dream about as singers, being able to sing effortlessly in much the way that Corelli did. If only I could be that good."
"For some reason I've just been playing that over and over again on my music player," Seal said about the hit song by the Foo Fighters. "I just like the sentiment of that song. I love the lyrics and the chorus — beautiful."
"'Times like these we learn to give again, no. Times like these we learn to live again, times like these we give and give again, times like these we learn to love again, time and time again' — and I think it's just such a beautiful sentiment."
"I think Amy Winehouse has a really fantastic voice. 'Back to Black' I think is the best song on the album."
Artists like Winehouse keep him optimistic about the future of the music industry.
"There are lots of really good, up-and-coming artists or established artists. I think we're living in a time where music is really rich at the moment despite the ebb and flow of the music industry on the commercial side. I think it's a really exciting time for music."