Alicia Keys has been M.I.A. from music, but she’s ready to make her return. The Grammy-winning songstress posted a video on YouTube talking about her long-awaited fifth album.
Seated at the piano, she spoke for nearly six minutes about her journey and musical evolution. While she didn’t officially announce the album’s title, she did tweet “#AKNewDay,” leading some to believe that New Day is the title.
She has been in the studio for the past eight months recording the follow-up to her 2009 album The Element of Freedom. “I’ve come to this place that the album is about to be ready and I feel just so crazy excited,” said Alicia. “It’s like I’m a different person. I’m a new person. Everything is new, from being married and having a baby… I’ve become so much more intelligent and I survey the landscape more and try to come up with what’s the best thing for me, what’s the best thing for Egypt, what’s the best thing for our family.”
She continued, “I’ve gone through so much growth and so much realization and realizing that in life different things come and different things change. I’ve learned that I have to trust myself and trust my instincts. I had to and I have to be braver than I’ve ever had to be before.”
While the album doesn’t have a release date, she can’t wait to share it with her fans. “I am hungry, I am an animal right now. I am just ready to be set free in a whole other way,” she said. “When it comes to sharing this music with you, I am like a caged animal that’s dying to escape.”