Music superstar Alicia Keys commemorates her debut album Songs in A Minor by releasing a 10th anniversary deluxe edition collector’s item. Although the landmark LP has elevated “Major Keys” as a budding icon, Alicia recalls the struggle to trust the voice within, when others pressured her to be conventional.
“I was a young girl with very strong ideas but no experience,” she says. “I just knew that everything else I was doing was wrong—that all the suggestions weren’t what was in my mind, they weren’t what it was meant to be.”
A decade after her ground-breaking debut, Keys is still her own best muse.
“I just wanted to be who I was, which was like so many other girls I knew,” says Alicia Keys. “We grew up in the city, had a hard edge and obstacles to overcome, but we were still young and beautiful. I didn’t want to be all dressed up, all made up—I wanted to be myself, which hadn’t been done before.”
Imagine if Mrs. Keys had not taken the initiative to produce what she wanted released to the public. What would have happened had she conformed because of setbacks, delays and commercializing intentions?
“How terrible would it have been if I had come out with some watered-down version of who I am?” she says. “People fell in love with the real me, and I still feel blessed that that was how the journey began.”
Alicia Keys’ Songs in A Minor 10th Anniversary Edition becomes available on June 28th, but you can pre-order your copy here.
Bonus: Alicia’s Reflections in a Minor – Tumblr