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An intimate, revealing look at one artist’s journey from self-censorship to full expression. As one of the most celebrated musicians of our time, Alicia Keys has enraptured the nation with her heartfelt lyrics, extraordinary vocal range, and soul-stirring piano compositions. Yet away from the spotlight, Alicia has grappled with private heartache―over the challenging and com An intimate, revealing look at one artist’s journey from self-censorship to full expression. As one of the most celebrated musicians of our time, Alicia Keys has enraptured the nation with her heartfelt lyrics, extraordinary vocal range, and soul-stirring piano compositions. Yet away from the spotlight, Alicia has grappled with private heartache―over the challenging and complex relationship with her father, the people-pleasing nature that characterized her early career, the loss of privacy surrounding her romantic relationships, and the oppressive expectations of female perfection. Since her rise to fame, Alicia’s public persona has belied a deep personal truth: she has spent years not fully recognizing or honoring her own worth. After withholding parts of herself for so long, she is at last exploring the questions that live at the heart of her story: Who am I, really? And once I discover that truth, how can I become brave enough to embrace it? More Myself 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 self-discovery she’s still navigating. In More Myself, Alicia shares her quest for truth―about herself, her past, and her shift from sacrificing her spirit to celebrating her worth. With the raw honesty that epitomizes Alicia’s artistry, More Myself is at once a riveting account and a clarion call to readers: to define themselves in a world that rarely encourages a true and unique identity.


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An intimate, revealing look at one artist’s journey from self-censorship to full expression. As one of the most celebrated musicians of our time, Alicia Keys has enraptured the nation with her heartfelt lyrics, extraordinary vocal range, and soul-stirring piano compositions. Yet away from the spotlight, Alicia has grappled with private heartache―over the challenging and com An intimate, revealing look at one artist’s journey from self-censorship to full expression. As one of the most celebrated musicians of our time, Alicia Keys has enraptured the nation with her heartfelt lyrics, extraordinary vocal range, and soul-stirring piano compositions. Yet away from the spotlight, Alicia has grappled with private heartache―over the challenging and complex relationship with her father, the people-pleasing nature that characterized her early career, the loss of privacy surrounding her romantic relationships, and the oppressive expectations of female perfection. Since her rise to fame, Alicia’s public persona has belied a deep personal truth: she has spent years not fully recognizing or honoring her own worth. After withholding parts of herself for so long, she is at last exploring the questions that live at the heart of her story: Who am I, really? And once I discover that truth, how can I become brave enough to embrace it? More Myself 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 self-discovery she’s still navigating. In More Myself, Alicia shares her quest for truth―about herself, her past, and her shift from sacrificing her spirit to celebrating her worth. With the raw honesty that epitomizes Alicia’s artistry, More Myself is at once a riveting account and a clarion call to readers: to define themselves in a world that rarely encourages a true and unique identity.

30 review for More Myself: A Journey

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

    More myself is the perfect title for this book. This book is about every aspect of Alicia Keys’ life. Her journey as a woman, mother, wife and becoming who she is today. It is a beautiful journey and very relatable. It is also...... very boring. I didn’t go into this book looking for drama or a hugely interesting story. I really didn’t know what to except but I did think it would be interesting. I thought she might talk about how she was able to have such a wonderful relationship with her husban More myself is the perfect title for this book. This book is about every aspect of Alicia Keys’ life. Her journey as a woman, mother, wife and becoming who she is today. It is a beautiful journey and very relatable. It is also...... very boring. I didn’t go into this book looking for drama or a hugely interesting story. I really didn’t know what to except but I did think it would be interesting. I thought she might talk about how she was able to have such a wonderful relationship with her husband’s ex- wife, how she was able to deal with some negative aspects of being famous. I was wrong. I didn’t hate this book, it just wasn’t for me.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Onceinabluemoon

    Listened to the audio which included a star studded line up of readers. Remarkable reflective life, admire her on so many fronts. Was a wonderful audio experience.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    So here’s the thing, I like Alicia Keys, I think her music is fantastic, she seems cool, but I was not into this book. Everything about this book felt so surface level to me. There was nothing in the book that felt brand new to me. At one point, she describes the rules of The Voice, which I feel like anyone who paid for this book would know. She talks so much about her relationship with Prince but somehow it felt so impersonal. I wanted more depth from this book that I just didn’t get at all unf So here’s the thing, I like Alicia Keys, I think her music is fantastic, she seems cool, but I was not into this book. Everything about this book felt so surface level to me. There was nothing in the book that felt brand new to me. At one point, she describes the rules of The Voice, which I feel like anyone who paid for this book would know. She talks so much about her relationship with Prince but somehow it felt so impersonal. I wanted more depth from this book that I just didn’t get at all unfortunately.

  4. 4 out of 5

    BookNightOwl

    I have grown up listening to Alicia Keys and she has been such an inspiration. She is amazingly talented and I enjoyed this memoir about her life, family and career.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Boo

    Probably more like a 3.5⭐️ but the audiobook is so damn good.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    To sum it up in one word: boring. Alicia does not have the type of career or life that warrants a biography. She’s simply not compelling enough despite being very talented. She had a great opportunity to come clean about dating a man who was not yet divorced (his divorce was finalized in 2010 and they married the SAME year. TRASH) but chose to paint herself as the “coparenting hero”. Since I’m an equal opportunity hater and know it takes two to tango, her husband Swizz Beatz bears the major part To sum it up in one word: boring. Alicia does not have the type of career or life that warrants a biography. She’s simply not compelling enough despite being very talented. She had a great opportunity to come clean about dating a man who was not yet divorced (his divorce was finalized in 2010 and they married the SAME year. TRASH) but chose to paint herself as the “coparenting hero”. Since I’m an equal opportunity hater and know it takes two to tango, her husband Swizz Beatz bears the major part of the blame and should have finalized his divorce before his involvement with another woman. We see you, ol Toucan Sam lookin a**. 😒 Truly disappointed in her and this saccharine-filled book of boredom.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hilary

    I have purchased every single one of Alicia Keys’ albums. I’ve seen her perform live twice. I tuned in when she performed original work on Def Poetry and when she hosted the Grammy Awards. I’ve bought every magazine she’s been on the cover of. I am a true Alicia Keys fan, and I’ve always been in her corner. Unfortunately, I felt like her book was merely a brag fest of her accomplishments, awards, and her and her husband’s outlandish contests to outdo each other when it comes to birthdays. I expe I have purchased every single one of Alicia Keys’ albums. I’ve seen her perform live twice. I tuned in when she performed original work on Def Poetry and when she hosted the Grammy Awards. I’ve bought every magazine she’s been on the cover of. I am a true Alicia Keys fan, and I’ve always been in her corner. Unfortunately, I felt like her book was merely a brag fest of her accomplishments, awards, and her and her husband’s outlandish contests to outdo each other when it comes to birthdays. I expected more; I wanted more. What I learned in Alicia Keys’ journey are all the things I already knew from magazine articles and television interviews. In the book, I felt like she was constantly patting herself on the back for her woke-ness, her activism, her singing, her song writing, her EVERYTHING. I think it’s healthy to believe in yourself, but this journey just felt like a narcissistic love letter to all her accomplishments. Her journey felt like revisionist history...it reminds me of Dr. Dre and his role in bringing Straight Outta Compton to the big screen...in the film they conveniently forgot to mention that he used to beat his woman. I feel like Alicia left out all the ugly, and just focused entirely on how wonderful she is. She touched very vaguely on the Mashonda controversy, but only to make herself appear like the bigger person. I came away feeling this book was just a superficial homage to her life. So, so disappointing. I gave her two stars because I love her music, but I’m not sure this book deserved even two stars...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Millicent Rogers

    What do you do when you think one of your favorite artists is sugar coating parts of her journey? I also took issue with all her famous friends joining into the story, it was as if they were telling us the part of the story that she wanted us to hear and not what might truly be their experiences with her. It was well written and I appreciated that and expected it. The story is just hard for me to take in as is.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Yesenia Juarez

    I enjoyed that she narrated this herself! Celebrities never share much on these memoirs but still thoroughly enjoyed the vibe.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Toni

    Alicia Keys is a uniquely talented artist and deeply sensitive person. I alternated between reading her book and listening to her voice read her audiobook. I really enjoyed both. She's both a young person, who began her career at 14 years old, writing songs and composing music, with an old soul, as some artists can be. She's also a visionary, an activist, who cannot stand by and let injustices continue. She is a force with so much energy that people know to follow her is the right path. Please a Alicia Keys is a uniquely talented artist and deeply sensitive person. I alternated between reading her book and listening to her voice read her audiobook. I really enjoyed both. She's both a young person, who began her career at 14 years old, writing songs and composing music, with an old soul, as some artists can be. She's also a visionary, an activist, who cannot stand by and let injustices continue. She is a force with so much energy that people know to follow her is the right path. Please always create Alicia, for that is your calling, you're a natural.

  11. 5 out of 5

    LeeTravelGoddess

    Alicia Keys was indeed my very first girl crush, of which has indeed been restored!!! I'm going to say what no one else will say... I was mad at AK... over AK, really because of all the buffoonery that I was hearing about she and Swizz and I honestly feel stupid for allowing that to permeate my consciousness. I don't think that there has been a more humble woman on the planet! The things I have learned from this book simply astounds me and I could not stop reading. THIS BOOK has been just a breat Alicia Keys was indeed my very first girl crush, of which has indeed been restored!!! I'm going to say what no one else will say... I was mad at AK... over AK, really because of all the buffoonery that I was hearing about she and Swizz and I honestly feel stupid for allowing that to permeate my consciousness. I don't think that there has been a more humble woman on the planet! The things I have learned from this book simply astounds me and I could not stop reading. THIS BOOK has been just a breath of fresh air! I loved this story and the way that it ebbed and flowed. I love the journey that we took to learn Alicia, her reasons for what we did and did not see and finally her becoming a mother. This book was honest, raw, open and a wonderful recant of the life that she has lived. The familial relationships and the growth that they showed left nothing to be desired and the story of her grandmother—had me near tears. Finally, the book was heartfelt and I simply took everything at face value, no judgement and with that Ali has made her way back into my heart lol—I’ve learned that we are more alike than not! It’s a TOPS!!! 💚💚💚

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jovana Bicanin

    The first few chapters where we learn about Alicia’s beginnings were nice. Everything else was either a self-glorification or a detailed description of how lavishly she and her husband celebrate each others birthdays and similar occasions. I really did not need a list of their wedding guests nor a history lesson about Egypt, or the Trump campaign. I’m a really big fan of Alicia but this book was disappointing to say the least. A superficial touch on events in her life and a lot of name dropping. The first few chapters where we learn about Alicia’s beginnings were nice. Everything else was either a self-glorification or a detailed description of how lavishly she and her husband celebrate each others birthdays and similar occasions. I really did not need a list of their wedding guests nor a history lesson about Egypt, or the Trump campaign. I’m a really big fan of Alicia but this book was disappointing to say the least. A superficial touch on events in her life and a lot of name dropping. I do feel like this was not her honest intention but it just came off that way and left me mostly bored and skipping through chapters.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    I enjoy Alicia Keys and the music that she puts out into the world. So it was an easy grab at the store while grocery shopping to read her words. Unlike other "celebrity " books, there are no family or press photos entombed in the books pages. The focus or intention of the book is about the exploration of the singer-songwriters search for identity. I think what I appreciated was the incorporation of quotes from people around Alicia and their encounters or special moments with her. Whether it was I enjoy Alicia Keys and the music that she puts out into the world. So it was an easy grab at the store while grocery shopping to read her words. Unlike other "celebrity " books, there are no family or press photos entombed in the books pages. The focus or intention of the book is about the exploration of the singer-songwriters search for identity. I think what I appreciated was the incorporation of quotes from people around Alicia and their encounters or special moments with her. Whether it was her parents, lovers, or the people she's met along the way like Oprah, Prince or Bono, it conveys a sense of genuine understanding of who Alicia Keys really is as a daughter, sister, wife, mother, and performer. This isn't a salacious story of hookups or backstabbing frenemies. Thank goodness for that! Goodreads review published 26/04/20

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bello Habeeb

    Wonderful

  15. 4 out of 5

    Saleena Berry

    First, let me just say that Alicia deserves every bit of recognition and appraise she gets from her music, to her persona, to this newly released book. I had no idea that she had such a complex story to share - let alone so similar to my own. She brings us on a journey through her life growing up in the little condo in New York City - Hell's kitchen - and discusses the struggles her mother faced being a single parent and hustling around to make enough to provide. Above that, she's had to overcom First, let me just say that Alicia deserves every bit of recognition and appraise she gets from her music, to her persona, to this newly released book. I had no idea that she had such a complex story to share - let alone so similar to my own. She brings us on a journey through her life growing up in the little condo in New York City - Hell's kitchen - and discusses the struggles her mother faced being a single parent and hustling around to make enough to provide. Above that, she's had to overcome challenges with her father being out of the picture, providing for his second wife and children. She had to deal with many issues of abandonment and loneliness. One thing I found so relatable was that she leans on music for comfort through this loneliness and pain. Of course, she showed us the many struggles that musicians face in the music industry - self image, being seen through the public eye, meeting other people's expectations, trying to fit in to the current trends. What I love about Alicia is how resilient she is. She faced struggles about how to respond to these issues, but she still chose to keep her identity and rise above it, and I think that is so important. She had challenges with relationships but the relationship she had that broke my heart was when she was talking about the passing of her grandmother. I literally started balling my eyes out, because I could sense the amount of pain she must have been feeling based on her word choice and the way she mentioned her throughout the book. This made her so much stronger, because with pain comes strength and I think that's a great life lesson to learn from. Honestly, I loved this book. I read the entire thing in two days, and saw some of herself in me. I think most of us can agree that during some point in our lives we come to the question: who am I really? Being in my 20's, still relatively new to being an adult and figuring out who I am, she really made me feel like I'm not alone and there are ways to cope. She is so beautiful and resilient and I am so proud of her. I have been a fan since her first debut - Fallin'. When I was a little girl, I remember singing it in the car with my siblings. "No one" and "Brand New Me" still rank as my favorites, but you can't go wrong with any of her songs, because she is so original. The fact that she writes all her own music while playing the piano really has lots to say about her talent, and the explanation for all her success and grammy awards. I want to thank her for sharing her growth and experiences with the world, because I really feel like she has impacted me in a significant way. After she discussed how she went to Egypt because she needed that time for herself - a chance to heal and listen to her inner voice - that really made me want to hop in my car and drive as far away from here as possible, because I can relate to feeling that way all the time! It's unfortunate that many woman don't see their true independence and strength and just take a break from the world and say "I'm doing this for me because I'm worth it". She represents the exact image of what it means to be a woman: strong, powerful, resilient, beautiful, and unique. I loved this book so much, and would highly recommend! If you aren't already a fan, you will be when you're done reading this!

  16. 4 out of 5

    britt_brooke

    Keys speaks of fame and growth, philanthropy and feminism. My favorite bits were about her style evolution and motherhood. She skipped any controversy regarding the start of her relationship with husband Swizz Beatz, but it’s her story to tell how she pleases. That’s the beauty of memoir. I listened to this on audio and Keys’s speaking voice gets on my nerves, but she sings a few song snippets a cappella which are an incredible addition.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Austėja

    I read this book cover to cover within one week, savouring, enjoying, like a piece of chocolate. it is a book of poetry, a book of realness and authenticity. reading it I became more myself. I recommend Audible edition, as Alicia narrates the story herself, includes some songs and guest appearances. It made it so real and close!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gergana

    I can now go back to sleeping, eating and working properly while secretly hoping that this book will once be featured in my 'signed-my-precious' shelf. I don't know how personal it was to A. Keys, but it felt damn personal to me. I would occasionally stop to listen to a song or an interview, and at the end of the book I found myself shedding crocodile tears over Alicia's hosting performance at the 2020 Grammys. The book is beautifully written and I believe it will surely vibe with all of us stri I can now go back to sleeping, eating and working properly while secretly hoping that this book will once be featured in my 'signed-my-precious' shelf. I don't know how personal it was to A. Keys, but it felt damn personal to me. I would occasionally stop to listen to a song or an interview, and at the end of the book I found myself shedding crocodile tears over Alicia's hosting performance at the 2020 Grammys. The book is beautifully written and I believe it will surely vibe with all of us striving to be more in touch with ourselves. Just when I thought I'd outgrown my fandom, I realized I had always secretly been lurking behind the scenes and I knew about all of the events in the book. I think Alicia is the artist and woman who has most influenced me in my life. I will forever be grateful for all the music and lessons, and I will continue to be excited about her journey just as her music will continue to be the background of my own story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ray Campbell

    Absolutely beautiful. This is a bit awkward, I'm more of a fan of her than her music. After 9/11 I saw her playing in a tribute performance. At that time, I thought "what a beautiful young woman, and her music is amazing and her voice and..." I bought her first album and loved it. However, I have not followed through. Her next album and her next and her next... didn't quite connect. Never the less, their is something real about her that makes me respect. This book is the story of her life so far Absolutely beautiful. This is a bit awkward, I'm more of a fan of her than her music. After 9/11 I saw her playing in a tribute performance. At that time, I thought "what a beautiful young woman, and her music is amazing and her voice and..." I bought her first album and loved it. However, I have not followed through. Her next album and her next and her next... didn't quite connect. Never the less, their is something real about her that makes me respect. This book is the story of her life so far and I can't remember being more choked up at more of anyone else's memoir. She manages to keep it real to the extent that I found myself rooting for her as I read. She is amazing. Love her music or not, Alicia Keys is an icon and an artist that represents an era. She is also a spiritual person whose soul is enlightened. Alicia knows who she is and communicates that with such intensity that her words are moving. I enjoyed this book and recommend it. Alicia tells her story and pulls you into her spiritual journey. This book is well written, a well crafted journey. I enjoyed every step. I am also re-listening to her entire catalog which is well crafted and more interesting than I initially thought. I've always been impressed by her voice and piano virtuosity, but her hip hop production and pop stylization have always put me off. Listening again for the first time I hear the subtle inflection and chord changes that make her original in a way I had not heard before. She is the real deal. Check out her book and her songs. Alicia Keys is truly an artist for the ages.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cam

    I love her.... she just exudes positive energy! This book is a biography of her life growing up in New York and going into the music industry.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tatiana Walker

    Okay...... First, Alicia is someone who I have looked up to since I was a child and was one of my major idols growing up. That being said, however I really do feel that this book is very superficial and really did not go into depth about anything. As someone who has been following her for nearly 20 years, I am honestly kinda disappointed. I was hoping this book would be more genuine and deep, and a more thoughtful detailing about how her past experiences shaped who she is now, but I didn’t get th Okay...... First, Alicia is someone who I have looked up to since I was a child and was one of my major idols growing up. That being said, however I really do feel that this book is very superficial and really did not go into depth about anything. As someone who has been following her for nearly 20 years, I am honestly kinda disappointed. I was hoping this book would be more genuine and deep, and a more thoughtful detailing about how her past experiences shaped who she is now, but I didn’t get that all. Such a shame to cause I really tried to get into this book but I just couldn’t.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    More Myself: A Journey I Picked Up This Book Because: Curious about the author The Story: I think this is the first memoir I’ve read by someone my age. Alicia is a bit less than 4 months older than me and though our lives were never anything alike it’s interesting to see the parallels of her world and mine as different things happened to the nation as a whole. Alicia has me wanting to travel more, to learn more about myself and to explore more, within and outside of myself. T More Myself: A Journey I Picked Up This Book Because: Curious about the author The Story: I think this is the first memoir I’ve read by someone my age. Alicia is a bit less than 4 months older than me and though our lives were never anything alike it’s interesting to see the parallels of her world and mine as different things happened to the nation as a whole. Alicia has me wanting to travel more, to learn more about myself and to explore more, within and outside of myself. The Random Thoughts: 3.5 Stars

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cait

    Trigger Warnings: Illness and death of a grandparent, mention of depression and shock therapy, discussion of police brutality I've been a fan of Alicia since a child when her first album came out and this was beautiful. The audiobook is phenomenal with her narration and also excerpts from various individuals like her mother, her husband, Bono and Michelle Obama. The music in the audiobook was beautiful and she even sings a few lines, which was a great treat! It truly felt like she was sitting rig Trigger Warnings: Illness and death of a grandparent, mention of depression and shock therapy, discussion of police brutality I've been a fan of Alicia since a child when her first album came out and this was beautiful. The audiobook is phenomenal with her narration and also excerpts from various individuals like her mother, her husband, Bono and Michelle Obama. The music in the audiobook was beautiful and she even sings a few lines, which was a great treat! It truly felt like she was sitting right next to me sharing these stories, it made me laugh, think, and emotional and I'm honored to have gone on this journey with her.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I’ve always felt Alicia Keys was an old soul. Her debut single Fallin’ came out when she was 20. She’s a seeker, thoughtful and reflective as she takes us through her career, relationships and her activism and philanthropic work. Enjoyed on audiobook narrated by the author with musical interludes and sections read by members of her family as well as famous friends like Bono and Michelle Obama.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Filipczak

    This might be a biased review because I adore Alicia Keys so much. I loved listening to this audiobook, especially because sometimes she would burst into song. I also enjoyed the chapter introductions by her family members and friends including Swizz Beatz, Jay Z, Michelle Obama and more. Her autobiography is not only about being an artist in the music industry. It’s about feminism, self actualization, relationships, motherhood, yoga and more.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    For the most part, this was interesting but while she spent a lot of time talking about her journey to self-awareness, other parts of her life were skimmed over. I read the e-book and think listening to the audio version would have greatly enhanced my reading experience.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ellie Murnane

    I listened to, rather than read this book and that is the way to go with this book! Narrated by Alicia Keys herself, you really would be missing out just reading it to yourself. Even if you’re not a huge fan, there’s lessons to be learned here. Alicia inspires you to be yourself, fully yourself...not some version of someone else’s image for you. Loved it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Emelie Gaughan

    Excellent, excellent, excellent memoir! I have so much respect for her.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Audio book FTW. Singing, piano, celeb cameos and my girl crush is strong.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Roxanna

    I inhaled this read. I left pencils, pens, highlighters behind and told myself I would only sit in presence with these words without pulling them apart or interrupting myself to take notes. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The fastest I have read a book in..... It helps that I am a huge supporter of all things Alicia Keys. Since day 1, when at 13 I heard her song Fallin' on the radio during a late night phone talk. Her voice and words interrupted my conversation and I had to listen, make I inhaled this read. I left pencils, pens, highlighters behind and told myself I would only sit in presence with these words without pulling them apart or interrupting myself to take notes. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The fastest I have read a book in..... It helps that I am a huge supporter of all things Alicia Keys. Since day 1, when at 13 I heard her song Fallin' on the radio during a late night phone talk. Her voice and words interrupted my conversation and I had to listen, make sure I knew who I was hearing. It was love at first listen. No face. No name. Just music and lyrical poetry and the seed to hunt her down as soon as I could. Her privacy throughout her career never bothered me. I didn't need juicy inside scoops to feel like I was walking alongside a developing artistic human, her music did that for me. But, this book feels like a gift nonetheless. Not for all the inside details of moments in her career I only experienced at face value, but for her developing process as a human, as a creative, for the tokens she shares of her growth. The book reads as if I was in an intimate sharing circle with her and I was honored to finally know things I wondered about- her relationship with Krucial, for starters- and how deep her love of her craft actually goes, the work she puts in to her production, and the passion she lends to her lyrics. The lesson she attributes to Prince in regards to widening his audience without alienating his core group took me back to that night listening to Fallin' on the radio, engrossed in her sound and words. "That was my own intention. I want to superserve my most committed tribe- those like minded listeners who've been with me from the start- even as I push myself artistically and expand my fam." I felt seen and appreciated by her as I read these words. Silly, perhaps. True, nonetheless. It comforted me and that night back then, that 13 year old, listening, wondering, wanting more, was validated. It was fascinating to read about the interwoven place her albums have on her life trajectory, how committed she is to leaving herself in her music, and I appreciated her honesty in retrospect in regards to certain albums and what they speak about her in that season of life. "...I look at the cover of The Element of Freedom and notice that my eyes are lowered, my spirit heavy. Even the album's title says a lot about the state I was in. For many years, I've understood the power of words, and when I titled the album I thought the phrase was super empowering. It's not. The word element suggests one small piece of freedom, a single morsel rather than the full experience. Both the title and the image reflect how that time was for me. I definitely wanted freedom, but I wasn't yet ready to step into it, embody it, breathe it, own it. You can hear those growing pains in the mood and lyrics of Element." The writing was beautiful, conversational storytelling with an easy flowing narrative. I really dig the PART titles and the CHAPTER titles- very meaningful and appropriate to what they reveal. A very poetic memoir. I will read it over and over again. That is how pleasant of an experience it was to walk through her career, in 200+ pages and feel like a I was reading the words of a friend. I have loved her music and her vibe that long. As I read her words, I kept remembering one detail I didn't keep present while I experienced her music as a fan and watched her as a fan- she was really young when things took off for her. That was a retrospectively new awareness for me. And, I couldn't forget it as I read, which made it so I was cheering for her every rise up experience, as she began to rub elbows with and collaborate with big name creatives and doers, as she began to build on her success. I look forward to her continued becoming and the seeds we get to enjoy through her music and her endeavors. "For as long as I am alive, I will be growing and improving, wielding my pen as the author of my own forever. But even as I lift my life to the next level, I hope to always recognize my reflection." SAME.

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