Alicia Keys reflects on her growth and confidence in stunning cover story

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    Alicia Keys’ upcoming album Keys is set to be released on December 10.

    And the Grammy award winning artist spoke out about feeling creatively free and strong: ‘I’m reaching a place where I’m much more confidently clear about the power,’ she told Marie Claire.

    The singer, 40, reflected on her career and journey so far, noting that: ‘As you grow, your trajectory goes higher. Then, you get to more of what you were always searching for.’

    Adding: ‘You get to do all these things that take you higher and higher, and that’s how I see myself: “I’m the best I’ve ever been.”‘ 

    Incredible: Alicia Keys' upcoming album Keys is set to be released on December 10. And the Grammy award winning artist spoke out about feeling creatively free and strong: 'I'm reaching a place where I'm much more confidently clear about the power,' she told Marie Claire

    Incredible: Alicia Keys’ upcoming album Keys is set to be released on December 10. And the Grammy award winning artist spoke out about feeling creatively free and strong: ‘I’m reaching a place where I’m much more confidently clear about the power,’ she told Marie Claire

    The No One artist wowed in the double covers for the magazine, with the beauty sporting an off-the shoulder black jacket with her hair braided behind her.

    The award winning songwriter also had a second cover, this time posed for a dramatic black and white image.

    Alicia, who is releasing her eight studio album called Keys on December 10, revealed that she hasn’t felt as strong and free creatively as she feels know.

    The songstress said that she’s reached a place where she is ‘much more confidently clear about the power’ she possesses. 

    Incredible: The singer, 40, reflected on her career and journey so far, noting that: 'As you grow, your trajectory goes higher. Then, you get to more of what you were always searching for'

    Incredible: The singer, 40, reflected on her career and journey so far, noting that: ‘As you grow, your trajectory goes higher. Then, you get to more of what you were always searching for’

    ‘I’ve always been strong and determined. I haven’t not known my power, but now I’m clearly aware of it all, as opposed to just pieces of it.’ 

    The mother of two, who is married to fellow singer Swizz Beatz, said that it took her ‘a while’ to get herself to a place where ‘everyone’s opinion and thought didn’t dictate my own.’ 

    The upcoming album, she says, was created entirely sitting at the piano.

    ‘It felt so good to just sit there. I felt so comfortable coming back to my home base, back to that rawness and exploring even more of this kind of jazzy energy I started with.

    Alicia returned to her roots, she told the magazine, by creating a ‘confidence and a level of reckoning and willingness,’ because she ‘wanted to own my lane.’ 

    Family: The mother of two, who is married to fellow singer Swizz Beatz, said that it took her 'a while' to get herself to a place where 'everyone's opinion and thought didn't dictate my own;' seen October 13, 2021 at screening of The Harder They Fall

    Family: The mother of two, who is married to fellow singer Swizz Beatz, said that it took her ‘a while’ to get herself to a place where ‘everyone’s opinion and thought didn’t dictate my own;’ seen October 13, 2021 at screening of The Harder They Fall

    During the interview, Alicia explained that she wanted to go back to her jazz roots for her upcoming album: ‘Back to that rawness and exploring even more of this kind of jazzy energy I started with. 

    She has previously talked about burning out in fall 2006 after pushing herself to her limit, something which she wrote about in her 2020 book More Myself.

    The burn out she had written occurred ‘amid the constant moving… the constant pleasing and pretending, I’d be delivered my grandest performance yet: convincing the world that, behind my smile, all was as perfect as it appeared.’ 

    Alicia, who also launched her own lifestyle and beauty brand called Keys Soulcare, learned from that moment that she needed to reassess her time used.

    Family first: Alicia and Swizz Beats married July 31, 2010 and have two sons together: Egypt, 11, and Genesis, six; seen together on March 14, 2019 at the iHeartRadio Music Awards

    Family first: Alicia and Swizz Beats married July 31, 2010 and have two sons together: Egypt, 11, and Genesis, six; seen together on March 14, 2019 at the iHeartRadio Music Awards

    ‘I don’t want every single minute of every day accounted for. My time is important. I want to have time with my family. I want to raise my kids. I don’t want to always be 60,000 miles away.

    Alicia and Swizz Beats married July 31, 2010 and have two sons together: Egypt, 11, and Genesis, six.

    Swizz, born Kasseem Daoud Dean, has three other children from previous relationships: Prince, 21, Kaseem, Jr, 14, and Nicole, 13.

    Swizz said he and Alicia have never raised their voices over each other because they make sure they effectively communicate with each other.

    Alicia added: ‘We’re best friends. We laugh all the time. And we both do music, so we understand each other and our lifestyles.’ 

    Her album Keys will be released December 10, 2021. 

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