15-time GRAMMY Award winner and New York Times bestselling author Alicia Keys highly-anticipated new book More Myself: A Journey is here! The book comes at a great time to help entertain us through this Coronavirus epidemic.
More Myself: A Journey is part autobiography, part narrative documentary. Alicia’s journey is revealed not only through her own candid recounting, but also through vivid recollections from those who have walked alongside her. The result is a 360-degree perspective on Alicia’s path, from her girlhood in Hell’s Kitchen and Harlem to the process of growth and self-discovery that we all must navigate.
The book, which People Magazine calls “emotional,” is available now at online retailers, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Target, for home delivery purchase. The audiobook, which features special guest appearances including Oprah, Michelle Obama, Jay-Z, Bono and others, is available for immediate download on Audible, Apple Books and wherever audiobooks are sold. The Ebook is available for digital download wherever Ebooks are sold.
Alicia and Oprah Winfrey recently connected for a powerful FB Live for a “Super Soul Sunday,” discussing how this book brought their relationship full circle (Alicia had her TV debut on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 2001) and why it took Alicia so many years to open up and share these moments in her journey that helped her find herself again.
Posted by Oprah Winfrey on Sunday, March 29, 2020
Excerpts from More Myself: A Journey:
Keys on growing up in NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen with her mom:
I stare at my mother for a long moment, attempting to wrap my little-girl brain around what she has just told me. She doesn’t explain what a sex worker is or exactly how one earns money. I’m too young for that. She doesn’t tell me that the women are controlled by pimps, street hustlers who force them to turn tricks in exchange for drugs or cash. I wouldn’t have understood. What she does somehow convey is a truth I still carry with me: the women I’ve spotted aren’t on that corner by choice, but by circumstance. Without another word, I slide down into the cracked leather seat and make a silent agreement with myself. I will never be in a situation like that. Half-clothed. Vulnerable. Powerless. Exposed.
Keys on choosing to be one of Clive Davis’ first artists at J Records, over more lucrative offers from major labels:
Jeff and I debated for days. I can still feel the below-freezing wind gusts cutting through my jacket and into my bones as I stood out on Fifty-seventh Street, arguing with him about why I wanted to remain with Clive. “Come on,” Jeff kept saying, “let’s just do the deal with Arista. Clive is great. L.A. is great. Both understand who you are as an artist, so either way, you win professionally. You might as well go with the best deal.” As much as I understood and appreciated that logic, and as eager as I was to carve out a Grand Canyon between me and an empty checking account, I didn’t feel good about walking away from Clive. He clearly cared about my career; I’d sensed that from our very first meeting. He’d also invested mightily in helping me untangle myself from Columbia. I also felt loyal to Peter, who’d wanted to sign me from the beginning, long before the universe brought us together at Arista. “I’m staying with Clive,” I finally told Jeff, who rolled his eyes and threw up his arms. My instincts had led me to sign with Clive, and now, that sixth sense urged me to remain loyal to our partnership. For one of the first times in my relationship with my manager, I refused to be swayed. In the coming years, he’d often say to me, “I will never doubt your instincts.”