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"Even when I'm singing on record there's a lot of times when I'll fight for a bit of imperfection.
I might not have quite hit the note to the perfect pitch but there was a soul in there and feeling that, to me, delivers the emotion of that moment.
She practically glides into the room, dressed in high–heeled boots and an elegant dress, her hair cut into an asymmetrical bob.
For me, doing a show, the excitement of singing live, and the possibility that you're not gonna be perfect – that's the thrill of it." There is a deeper issue for Keys, and one that she, as a pop star and public figure, feels keenly.
"The problem is that we live in a world where everybody feels they have to be too damn perfect.
Black T-shirt, £450, Hood by Air, and black oversized blazer, £595, Joseph; Custom-made hat, price on application, JJ Hat Center, NYC.Gold hoop earrings, £290, Dinny Hall It’s so distracting, all this fake perfection stuff.” So says Alicia Keys, the woman responsible for the hits Fallin’ in 2001 and Empire State of Mind in 2009, and 35m album sales worldwide, as well as the owner of the voice chosen to sing at President Obama’s second inauguration in 2013.You're supposed to look perfect, sound perfect, act perfect, do everything perfect or God forbid.I don't know where that kind of mentality has begun to leave all of us." It has to be said that Keys herself embodies a kind of ideal of perfection.
We’re in a soundproofed room at her recording studio in Chelsea, Manhattan, listening to her new summer EP, and Keys, 35, is indeed the total opposite of “fake perfection”.
Her face is devoid of make-up, her hair is scraped back into a cloud of black curls at her neck, and she’s dressed in sneakers, jeans and a vintage Marvin Gaye tee.“So much of what we see and consume is so carefully constructed and…