Alicia Keys believes her new record will stand the test of time.
Now that Keys is refreshed, the legendary singer is readying a follow-up to 2012's Girl on Fire, which she says unfolded thanks to a serendipitous series of events. A.K.A. life.
“It’s been four years since my last project, and it wasn’t like ‘Oh, I’m just going to chill, then I’mma pop off.’ I’m a touring artist, so after the release of Girl on Fire in 2012, I did the promo and toured around for that album," Keys tells Ebony. "That was about a two-year process. When I returned from being on the road, I was all fired up. I was excited to be in the studio, and the music was flowing. It was like, Vroom, vroom, bang, bang, bang; like lightning! It felt like the best music I’d ever created. The sound was totally alive and outrageous, then somewhere in the middle of it all, we were like, ‘Uh, oh; we’re pregnant.’ My team and I were just about to put out a record, and everything got put on hold. So yes, life happened, and it’s beautiful.
The "In Common" singer adds having her younger son Genesis during the creation process was a blessing "because he gave me the opportunity to step back and see things with fresh eyes."
"Now, I think I’ve created something timeless, music that could come out today or 30 years from now. It will remain powerful.”