An intimate, revealing look at one artist’s journey from self-censorship to full expression
As one of the most celebrated musicians in the world, Alicia Keys has enraptured the globe with her heartfelt lyrics, extraordinary vocal range, and soul-stirring piano compositions. Yet away from the spotlight, Alicia has grappled with private heartache—over the challenging and complex relationship with her father, the people-pleasing nature that characterized her early career, the loss of privacy surrounding her romantic relationships, and the oppressive expectations of female perfection.
Since Alicia rose to fame, her public persona has belied a deep personal truth: she has spent years not fully recognizing or honoring her own worth. After withholding parts of herself for so long, she is at last exploring the questions that live at the heart of her story: Who am I, really? And once I discover that truth, how can I become brave enough to embrace it?
More Myself is part autobiography, part narrative documentary. Alicia’s journey is revealed not only through her own candid recounting, but also through vivid recollections from those who have walked alongside her. The result is a 360-degree perspective on Alicia’s path, from her girlhood in Hell’s Kitchen and Harlem to the process of growth and self-discovery that we all must navigate.
In More Myself, Alicia shares her quest for truth—about herself, her past, and her shift from sacrificing her spirit to celebrating her worth. With the raw honesty that epitomizes Alicia’s artistry, More Myself is at once a riveting account and a clarion call to readers: to define themselves in a world that rarely encourages a true and unique identity.
She’s a genius
Alicia is a creative genius. We need more voices and examples like her in the world.
it’s good to read some pure truth, some real story and not masks and superficialities
she inspires me to be a better version of myself and if you let her, she’ll inspire you too
A really great read. In particular at the beginning where she shares the story of her childhood and teenage years and how she started in the industry. There are parts toward the middle where there’s a little too much description for things that are already public knowledge such as the movie Coming to America or how they judged on the Voice. Those pages felt like fillers.
Overall I appreciated the sharing of her journey and how she arrived at the core of who she is as a woman and an artist. A lot of her story resonated with me.