Alicia Keys On Her Early Career
Alicia Keys is this month's W magazine cover story, and the superstar singer/songwriter discusses her beginnings. It's been a decade since Keys' crashed onto the pop charts with her hit "Falling," and the married mother reflected on her start as a talented teen.
“I just wanted to be who I was, which was like so many other girls I knew. We grew up in the city, had a hard edge and obstacles to overcome, but we were still young and beautiful," Keys says. "I didn’t want to be all dressed up, all made up—I wanted to be myself, which hadn’t been done before.”
“I was a young girl with very strong ideas but no experience," she added. "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.”
“How terrible would it have been if I had come out with some watered-down version of who I am? People fell in love with the real me, and I still feel blessed that that was how the journey began,” she shared.