Magic 106.3 is excited to kick off a brand new feature on our airwaves. All weekend this weekend it’s a New And Now Weekend featuring 14 time Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys. Keep listening as Alicia Keys joins us to feature select tracks from her new album “Girl On Fire”. “Girl On Fire” is easily the most anticipated new album of the year from any artist. All weekend Magic 106.3 will also have your chance to win a digital download copy of “Girl On Fire”. Simply text Keys to 23088 to win your copy before it hits stores this coming Tuesday.
Girl On Fire Album Bio
With the arrival of her fifth studio album, GIRL ON FIRE, Alicia Keys emerges stronger and wiser— taking the reins of her career in a way she never has before. In this album, you hear an artist breaking free and exploring new worlds. Vibrant and soulful, energetic and intimate, GIRL ON FIRE is built to move you, physically and emotionally.
“This album is about new beginnings, new perspectives and fresh starts,” says Keys. “There is something really empowering about finding your own inner strength— stripping away all the energy that no longer works for you and taking full control of how you want to live.”
Life eventually caught up to Keys for all its heartbreak and beauty: she lost an inspiration with her grandmother’s passing; she parted ways with her longtime manager, Jeff Robinson; she married artist and producer, Swizz Beatz, and together had a beautiful baby boy, Egypt. From these experiences, emerged a new confidence in Alicia. She found balance in life, perhaps for the very first time.
For about a year and a half, and nearly 150 songs later, Keys freely opened herself to the sounds of this album. In the past, making records for Keys was a very closed experience— a world only a chosen few were let into. But for GIRL ON FIRE, the recording studio door was kicked open. She welcomed many new collaborators, and even ventured out of New York— a city synonymous with her sound. She traveled to London and Jamaica to find many of the rich rhythms that would eventually make up GIRL ON FIRE. Her collaborators would include her longtime partner Krucial, Grammy-winning artists Bruno Mars, Babyface, Maxwell, and John Legend, acclaimed guitarist Gary Clark Jr., indie electronic musician, Jamie “xx” Smith, innovative songwriter, Frank Ocean, and a promising young writer out of the UK, Emeli Sandé, among many others.
“It’s been a process of finding my own freedom and creating my own destiny,” said Keys. “There comes a time in our life where we have to choose how we want to live. I got to a point in my life where I was able to remove anything that didn’t belong. It gave me courage and more space to try new things. That feeling opened up my process, my songwriting, and me in a big way.”