"A lot of songwriters get together and the first question they ask each other is, 'Who do you want to write for?' Tom and I had never done that because I find it restricting and we both like to write a song for the song's sake and not try to aim at a particular recording artist. In the case of 'So Emotional,' Tom and I had a regular dialogue with Clive Davis and he advised us that he was looking for an uptempo song for Whitney Houston, so we really tried to write for that." - Billy Steinberg (songwriter)
"Originally our demo had a certain Prince feel to it, in the verse in particular." - Billy Steinberg (songwriter)
I think Clive recognized that Whitney singing big pop ballads wouldn't get on the big pop charts, that it would only be successful on Adult Contemporary. He's a visionary and he realized for her to have continuing credibility, it would have to move beyond that, and where would that be? Well, it's the era of hip-hop, so that's the direction they had to pursue. If anything, it was unfortunate as a songwriter because it takes that artist away from me. The kind of songs that I can deliver weren't wanted any more by Whitney Houston." - Billy Steinberg (songwriter)
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