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SR International: Alicia Keys On The Secret To Her Happy Marriage, Her Family Art Collection + More

SR International: Alicia Keys On The Secret To Her Happy Marriage, Her Family Art Collection + More


Is Alicia Keys a “horse girl?” The evidence seems to be mounting. Back in January, the singer, 42, posted a video of herself riding horses in the ocean with her husband, the music producer Kasseem Daoud Dean (better known as Swizz Beatz). The following month, she released a new music video, featuring majestic steeds galloping on the beach against a pink-hued sunset. Alicia Keys Net Worth

“I grew up in New York. Nobody had a horse,” Alicia Keys—who reportedly has a net worth of $150 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth—said when asked whether she identified as an equestrian type. “But every time I try something with a horse, there is a really powerful connection. You read about it in the beautiful books. There’s a relationship.”

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Ms. Keys, who was signed professionally at age 15 and has won 15 Grammys, lives in La Jolla, Calif., with her husband and two children, Egypt and Genesis. Here, she talks about her extensive art collection, her preconcert rituals, and why she never drinks coffee.

Here are a few things Alicia Keys revealed to WSJ. Magazine…

On the time she wakes up on Mondays, and the first thing she does after waking up:

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I was having a conversation with my father on the beach, and he was telling me about [“The 5 a.m. Club: Own Your Morning. Elevate Your Life.” by Robin Sharma]. Even though I haven’t read the book, it sparked something for me. So, I’m starting at 5 a.m., I’m doing a good workout, a meditation, and then a journal. I feel like I’ve already paid attention to myself before I go out into the day and have to think of everything and everybody else.

On her workout:

I like to switch it up. It might be yoga. It might be Pilates if I want that inner core strength. It might be this crazy cardio thing, jumping around before the sun comes up, and my energy and the blood flowing through my body, and I’m like, “OK, I’m ready.”

On breakfast, and who prepares it for her:

I don’t do coffee. I only do tea, because I only like coffee if it’s damn near dessert. It has to have so much sugar and so much creamer. I do hot water with lemon in the morning. It’s really early to eat. I’ll do the Athletic Greens. Maybe around 10 or 11, then I’m making breakfast, you have to taste my breakfast. Nobody can make breakfast for me.

On what it’s like to be in charge of her own record imprint:

It’s great. Sony and I had an incredible longstanding [relationship] and still have a great relationship. To be able to launch Alicia Keys Records is a big, big success story. So many people start out in this business, and it’ll tear you up and spit you out.

On who she turns to for business advice:

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My husband is the ultimate marketing business mind. He really has a unique take on things, and what’s possible, and what you can create, and relationships, and just how to go about it. That idea of being a student and just constantly learning, constantly refining, and getting better is the trajectory we’re on.

On how long she’s been writing poetry, and whether writing poetry differs from writing songs:

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve written poetry because I’ve found that it is a way to really just let out what you’re feeling. My first poetry book was called “Tears for Water.” It was really beautiful to write the poem for the Hennessy Paradis partnership. There is such a connection between the notes of the cognac and then the notes of the music. Alicia Keys Net Worth

For me, poetry and song are totally related. Sometimes I read poetry and it makes me write a song or gives me a concept, or a place to ground in. With a song, there is a general structure that you follow. With poetry, I find that you can express it however you want. It could be one line, it can be 10 pages. There’s more space to really say everything that you want to say.

On her pre-performance routines or rituals:

I love to have diffusers in the room. There’s so many, I love scents. I love when you walk into a room and it just feels warm. I love creating a vibe. It’s all about peace. There’s a lot of tea-drinking, there’s a lot of throat-coating, but it’s really just about watching what I eat. That helps the voice in so many ways. I can’t do caffeine, I can’t do carbonation, I can’t do acidic—the pineapples and tomatoes. Being focused on stuff like that, and then hopefully, my voice can last forever.

On her and her husband’s extensive collection of over 1000 works of art, and whether they’d ever open a museum:

There’s so many things that we want to do with the Dean Collection. Some type of traveling museum would be tremendous. Everyone should have access to experiencing art and understanding how they can have it in their lives, as opposed to sometimes feeling so out of reach or only for a particular price bracket or economic group. So yeah, I wouldn’t count it out. I wouldn’t count out anything.

On where she keeps her Grammys:

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They’re actually…well, if I tell you, are you going to steal them?

Just kidding. They’re actually in a display case in my office. [My business partner and engineer] Ann [Mincieli] had to twist my arm to put them up. She was like, “Why do they want to live in boxes?” So we finally put them out, and it’s pretty cool, I have to admit.

On the secret to her happy marriage:

Really carving out the time for each other. We all struggle with it. There’s so much to balance. There’s so much to do. And you find yourself running and doing the things for school, for the kids, and doing all the things for your lists, for all the dreams you have in your career, and what you have to do next. That time together with you and your partner is so priceless. And to carve out that time and to make that important, as important as those daily things, I think it really pours back into the relationship. You remember why you are in love, you remember why you just like each other, what’s interesting about each other.

On what she’s reading now:

I’ve been enjoying young-adult novels. Part of it is because my son is reading a lot of good ones. I’m reading “The Sun Is Also a Star,” [by Nicola Yoon].

On the one piece of advice she’s received that has guided her most:

My grandmother always said, “Nothing before the time,” [part of a verse from 1 Corinthians 4:5]. I didn’t like that when I was growing. Now that I understand things a little more, I do realize that nothing before its time. Sometimes you can be so bent on whatever it is you want, that you don’t let the universe work. Let the universe work. Let things work for you. Let things happen for you that you never would’ve imagined. Alicia Keys Net Worth

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