Similar to her prior releases, details regarding Alicia Keys’ forthcoming album have been kept under wraps. In December, the “Superwoman” singer said, “we got a couple more months and we’re ready to fly,” when speaking on the progress of the new album.
Recently, a source spotted Mrs. Keys at the GeeJam Studio in Portland, Jamaica. Confirmed collaborators, Miguel and Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, revealed they too were on the island, thereby plausibly confirming the source’s report.
“Me and Miguel boarding a charter plane in Jamaica / working with Alicia Keys,” a rider with Miguel tweeted, along with this photo. After retweeting a Sunday morning inspirational by Alicia, Darkchild tweeted, “Beautiful day today here in Jamaica!” Other notable musicians affiliated with Alicia, who also happen to be in Jamaica, are John Legend, Melanie Fiona and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.
It can be assumed Keys isn’t fond of collaborations (the amount of artists listed as features on her previous albums can be counted on one hand). It begs one to ponder – are these acclaimed singers, writers and/or producers in Jamaica contributing to her album? Or are they at some sort of listening session? I’m assuming they are contributing to new music.
Also, it can be noted that Alicia is no stranger to the island. In 2006, she remixed Baby Cham’s “Ghetto Story” and filmed the video in Jamaica. Throughout her career, she has worked with Jamaican recording artists Junior Reid, Beenie Man, Chaka Demus, Mavado, Pliers and Julian Marley, the son of the legendary Bob Marley. Should fans expect reggae undertones on album number five?