As many of you know, Alicia Keys is in the studio working on her new album and unlike the other r n’ b divas out at the moment, Alicia is not going into the studio with Polow da Don or Timbaland, but rather indie rock star, John Mayer. Now, I’ll be honest and tell you that John isn’t exactly making music that lights up my life, but the fact that in an effort to make original music, Alicia would choose to collaborate with an artist that exudes substance over style, really impresses me.
Most artists today seem only concerned with having hits and hooking up with the producers who can give them those hits- but not Alicia. Oh I am sure she wants a #1 single just as much as the next person does, but she doesn’t seem willing to sacrifice her musical soul in oder to get it and I love that about her. Outside of Janet Jackson, only Alicia Keys’ upcoming album excites me and that is because I know she isn’t going to give me more of what I have heard already.
Check out what John had to say on his blog about working with Alicia on her new album, As I Am.
Alicia and I finally found the time to finish writing a track for her upcoming album… I have never had a better time collaborating in the studio. The song’s called “Lesson Learned” and I can’t wait for the world to hear it.
This is probably about as obvious as telling you the sky is blue, but Alicia is the most authentic artist of our generation… She’s strong where she needs to be…Not just strong as a woman (there are many strong women out there) but strong as an artist (there are few, regardless of gender). She has the vision DOWN and doesn’t waste time getting there.