Alicia Keys Bares All In New Memoir
While Alicia Keys may be a mega superstar, a music coach, a philanthropist, an entrepreneur, the winner of over ten Grammy awards, and an actress, she recently shared that she has insecurities like every other woman out there. In her new memoir titled ‘More Myself’ Keys shares her life’s journey and gives fans insight into how she became the woman she is today.
During her interview with People, she talked about how she had to battle with self-doubts her whole life. She shared that ‘More Myself’ details the struggle she had growing up in tough conditions with an absentee father, and how it made her feel worthless. “As well-intentioned as my father was, and as much as he was dealing with his own life, his absence impacted me in ways I’m still uncovering.” Alicia wrote in her book.
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Growing up in these Hell’s Kitchen streets taught me A LOT. I realize there’s a certain amount of armor u have to wear just to make it down the street. Mommy raised me on her own and she always taught me so much. The hard truths even when I was too young to understand. Mostly she taught me a lot about empathy. I always promised myself I would never be vunerable and exposed. I realize I carried that with me for so long. Now I’m ready to be more open. More vunerable. More Myself: A Journey 📚 is out TOMORROW!!!!! 😘 Thank you for your love! I Can’t wait to share with you.
The singer revealed that it was in 2006, when her career was at its peak, that she realized the extent to which her father’s absence affected her. “I was building my life around this image of perfection and it was really oppressive… I was a woman who wanted to talk about… empowerment and strength but when I really looked at myself, I realized that my whole life, I’ve been putting on a mask.”
Alicia also shared interesting facts in her book, like how she experienced a #MeToo moment long before #MeToo, how a gift from a neighbor changed her life, and how she took her first major earnings to Bergdorf.
In 1987, Keys was visiting her neighbor in Ninth Avenue, Manhattan Plaza when she and her mother were given an upright piano as a present. According to the singer, the neighbors were moving from their home and didn’t want to take the piano with them. They took the instrument from their neighbor’s house to theirs on the 10th Avenue and placed it in the center of their living room. Since then, it changed her life.
Also, after she got her first big check, Alicia went to Bergdorf’s for the first time in her life. “If you’ve ever roamed the aisles of Bergdorf’s, then you understand how forcefully desire can grab you by the collar,” Keys wrote. She shared that after her purchases she ended up returning 3 out of the 5 items at the register and only purchased a pair of sneakers and a leather jacket.
Another interesting fact in the book was how the “Empire State of Mind”, her smash hit with Jay-Z, almost never happened. According to Keys, before the collaboration in 2009, Jay Z had been reaching out to her manager to talk about working together. “…and when that went nowhere, he nearly gave up and called on another artist,” she wrote.
The singer planned a combined book and musical tour called ‘More Myself,’ however, she announced on Social Media that the tour has been postponed due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. We will update you with more information on rescheduled dates once provided.
More Myself is available now. Grab your copy here.