Becoming a mother has made a huge difference in Alicia Keys’ life.
The “Empire State of Mind” singer is on the cover of the “Fashion Issue” of Harper’s Bazaar; inside she gets candid about motherhood, music, and fame.
“Motherhood gave me a stronger sense of clarity. I used to be less aware of how I wanted to spend my time and more influenced by other people,” the 38-year-old mother of two says. “After I had my kids, I felt like I had found my North Star. I was less wasteful; I worked more effectively.”
Keys also talks about the real inspiration behind some of her most empowering female anthems.
“A majority of those songs—‘A Woman’s Worth’, ‘Superwoman’, and ‘Girl on Fire’—were written when I was not feeling worthy,” she says. “They were always songs that I needed to hear because I was going through a time when I was feeling down and needed to be reminded that this is who I am and this is what I deserve!”
As for her upcoming album, Keys says, “It reflects where I am today—the deeper acceptance I have of who I am as a full human being — the flaws, the pieces that I used to push aside because I wasn’t ready to embrace the anger or the fear or the crazy.”
The singer also recently received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“Though I’ve always been grateful, I’ve never put too much weight on awards,” Keys admits. “But now I’m trying to be better about cherishing the big, wonderful things. It’s great to be humble, but all of us deserve to celebrate the win.”