One of my personal favorite songs from the album, “3 Hour Drive”, which features Sampha, got a little twist this morning. SiR stepped in to cover Sampha’s part on the COLORS stage. Check it out below.
American Express (NYSE: AXP) is launching the next iteration of “American Express UNSTAGED,” a digital musical experience platform, with a performance by 15-time Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer and longtime American Express collaborator, Alicia Keys, to celebrate the release of her new album ALICIA. The virtual performance “American Express UNSTAGED: ALICIA” will take place on September 18, 2020 at 6:00 PM ET, in celebration of Keys’ new album being released the same day, and will provide Card Members and Alicia Keys fans alike with a one-of-a-kind musical and artistic experience from the comfort of their homes.
“The best thing about releasing new music is being able to perform it for the first time live! It’s so exhilarating to experience it alongside beautiful people from all walks of life. I’ve missed performing so much and this is going to be a once in a lifetime visual, musical and emotional experience. I am so thankful to have this opportunity to connect in a real way through the American Express UNSTAGED platform,” said Alicia Keys. “I cannot wait to take you deeper into this new album ALICIA, and all our human complexities. I know it will bring us closer. And we need that more than ever now!”
On a brisk February morning, Alicia Keys, full of effervescence, entered NPR through the loading dock wearing a canary yellow faux fur coat. During our ride to the fourth floor, she joked about how she hadn’t been invited to play at the Tiny Desk. That, of course, wasn’t exactly true. We worked on and off for years to make this moment happen, and I can say wholeheartedly that it was worth the wait.
Alicia Keys has an aura that you can sense the second she enters a room, or in my case, an elevator. She radiates compassion and kindness. This spirit is the key to Keys’s songwriting, which is rooted in introspection and mindfulness.
As she approached her piano, a bit surprised at the amount of people in the room, she smiled and remarked over her shoulder, “Gee, the Tiny Desk is tiny!” She kicked off the set with an uncanny ode to combat the darkness of this moment in American history: “Show Me Love,” a single she released in 2019. No one could have predicted then how much her lyrics and musical healing would be crucial during this emotionally fraught time of unprecedented political and racial unrest, heightened by three months of quarantine due to a global pandemic.
The state of mind at this year’s Global Citizen Festival, held on Saturday, took a very local spin thanks to hometown girl Alicia Keys.
When you’re in the heart of New York City — in the middle of the Great Lawn of Central Park, on the perfect Indian summer evening — it’s going to be hard to beat Keys doing her piano-woman take on Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind” that segued into her Jay-Z-free version of “Empire State of Mind.”
With iconic images of New York flashing on the video screen behind her, Keys sang about the “concrete jungle where dreams are made of,” as everybody on the Great Lawn “put one hand in the air for the big city.” As the energy seemed to lift to the Manhattan sky above it all, stretching out to the top of the Empire State Building and beyond, it was the kind of pinch-me moment that gave you straight-up chills.
It’s got to rank with one of the most memorable moments at the Global Citizen Festival since it was first held at Central Park in 2012. And that’s saying a lot considering Keys — in her third appearance at the event, which raises awareness for global issues such as poverty, education and the environment — wasn’t even the headliner.