Music superstar song-tress Alicia Keys commemorated her debut album Songs in A Minor by releasing a 10th anniversary deluxe edition collectorâ€™s item. The landmark LP has elevated â€œMajor Keysâ€ as a budding icon, Alicia recalls the struggle to trust the voice within, when others pressured her to be conventional.
â€œI just wanted to be who I was, which was like so many other girls I knew. We grew up in the city, had a hard edge and obstacles to overcome, but we were still young and beautiful. I didnâ€™t want to be all dressed up, all made upâ€”I wanted to be myself, which hadnâ€™t been done before.â€
â€œI was a young girl with very strong ideas but no experience. I just knew that everything else I was doing was wrongâ€”that all the suggestions werenâ€™t what was in my mind, they werenâ€™t what it was meant to be.â€
â€œHow terrible would it have been if I had come out with some watered-down version of who I am? People fell in love with the real me, and I still feel blessed that that was how the journey began.â€
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