*It’s been 10 years since singer Alicia Keys stomped on the scene with her debut “Songs in A Minor” album that skyrocketed her career right to the top.
In an interview with TheBoomBox, she shared about her experiences and fears of moving on in the industry and making dramatic transitions over the years.
“It was such a unique moment for me to release my first book, ‘Tears for Water: Songbook of Poems and Lyrics’ in 2005,” she says. “I’d written in journals since I was a little girl and I still have books and books of journals. So many poems are written in them, and I felt it would be such a special experience to share them. It felt a little uncomfortable at first, and the concept of taking things directly out of my journal and sharing them with the world was a little scary. It was a whole other side of music for me — just without the singing.”
She also expanded on her joy and the thrill she got performing for MTV’s Unplugged in 2005, noting her stage appearance was the first in three years.
“So we were able to bring it back and it was thrilling! I always love performing live — there’s nothing like it — especially in such an intimate setting. So to bring this series back to life was so exciting for me. It felt like a homecoming in ways, seeing faces that were starting to be familiar and it was a celebration. It connected me with people differently by allowing us to be more playful and more stripped back. During this time we [Krucial and I] also decided to open a studio in Long Island. For the first time, it felt like we would be able to have our own space, our musical freedom without someone telling you to turn the music down.”
Along with her rise to stardom on the music side, the same year, she was able to launch a successful acting career with her debut in film “Smoking Aces” alongside Common.
Keys’ journey continues and has not plateaued yet.
Her two-disc deluxe edition of “Songs in A Minor” will be in stores June 28.