We interviewed the great singer Alicia Keys on Dec. 17. When we hit the Manhattan streets. An adrenaline rush flowed through us. We were floating on cloud nine. Eagerly, we rushed through the rotating doors of NBC studios.
Suddenly, Gene Simmons from the rock band KISS came through the doors. We went down the stairs to take photographs by his side. It made us excited because he was the first famous person that we met. Our case of celebrity phobia was remedied.
Curiosity took us by storm as we peered into the dressing room that we entered. We assumed the lady facing away from us was Miss Keys. As we waited patiently, anxiety was building up.
Alicia soon invited us into the dressing room. She was humble and friendly, and she gave each of us a hug. She assisted the cameraman to adjust the level of the lens. We took turns asking questions.
Alicia was very excited for her new album “The Element of Freedom.” She named the album “The Element of Freedom” because we have the freedom to choose and listen to any selection of songs and music. She told us that she has matured as an artist after she was comfortable being in the spotlight.
We asked her why she never gave up on her dreams. She said she is a very determined person and learned how to ignore negative feedback from the public.
After Alicia traveled to Africa, she saw people suffering from poverty. When she came back to America, she had empathy for all of those in need. She decided to form an organization called “Keep a Child Alive.”
When asked about the collaborations on her newly released album with artists Beyonce. She replied enthusiastically that their friendship went way back. Beyonce heard a demo of “Put in a Love Song.” They arranged a meeting for a one day session in the studio.
She has inspired us all to never give up on our dreams and never let any discouragement diminish our self esteem.