Photographs by Mario Sorrenti
Styled by Alex White
Alicia Keys’ decade-long careeer in music is celebrated in the upcoming issue of W Magazine with a spread photographed by Mario Sorrenti. In the interview with Alan Light, Alicia talks about her early days and bursting on to the music scene as a “corn-rowed prodigy from New York Hell’s Kitchen who opened her record playing Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’ over a rough hip-hop beat.”
“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.”
“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.”
Ten years after her debut Songs in A Minor Keys has assembled a deluxe edition featuring early demos, alternate takes, and live recordings from the era, including a classical medley and a sultry cover of “Light My Fire.”
To read the whole interview, visit W Magazine website.