Alicia Keys

Alicia finally on 60 Minutes    ·    November 23rd, 2004

Alicia Keys has been known for her deep lyrics and soulful voice since she burst onto the stage in 2001. She tells Correspondent Charlie Rose that she sometimes hears her own voice in her head while she’s performing.

“I’m very into what I do and many times as a performer, when I’m playing, I hear — this sounds strange, but I’m going to tell you — I hear voices in my head,” says Keys.

Rose’s interview with Keys will be broadcast on 60 Minutes Wednesday on Nov. 24, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

Following are excerpts from Rose’s report.
Stevie Wonder on Keys:

“Before I met her, I felt that what I was hearing in her voice was in her heart — that’s important. You can sing well, you can play well, but the key is that you can feel her heart in it.”

Wonder on Keys’ Hit Song, “Fallin’”:

“What made it great was it was saying a very simple message. You can’t stop wanting to hear that message…I felt it was going to be Song of the Year but worried that it was too simple, but everyone got it.”

Keys on Changing Her Name:

“We were searching for a good description, you know? A description of who I am and what I do and we came up with a whole bunch of really bad names…The worst was — this is bad, this is horrible — Alicia Wild….I mean, that sounds like a stripper.”

Keys on Her Relationship with Columbia Records:

“I wanted to be like a Marvin Gaye. I wanted to be like Prince. I wanted to be like Roberta Flack…After they completely trampled on me and just stepped on me and rubbed their dirty feet on me, like, ‘You suck,’ I said, ‘Well, fine then. Then we’re not on the same page and I don’t suck. You suck and I’m going to go somewhere where somebody likes me.’”

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One Response to “Alicia finally on 60 Minutes”

  1. Colleen Says:


    I was wondering if you knew how I could get a copy of the 60 minutes interview… I watched it and I want to share it with my students, but I don’t know where to find a copy… thank you!

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