Alicia Keys has reached 10 years in the music business! And on the June 2010 cover of ESSENCE magazine, the piano-playing beauty dives into her personal life: music, new baby boy and new love!

On love:
“Falling in love is such a force, but this is a whole other level of magic…” 
On music, marriage and motherhood: 
“I was very closed for a long time. But I feel so open now. To feel open like this means you’ve found the center in yourself. You’re not hiding; you’re not worried about anything. Everything’s going to be just fine.”
On dedicating a song to her mom:
“In the past, I’ve written mostly from my own perspective. But I just wrote a song for my next album that was inspired by a conversation I had with a man who was expressing how indebted he feels to God. He said, ‘I owe God.’ Now, what an interesting thought. And as much as I believe in God, for me that translated into how much I owe my mother for who I am. So I went home and I wrote I Owe You. It’s dedicated to her…”

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