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Alicia Keys Talks About Overcoming Defeat

By Nadia Noir

Alicia Keys scored an amazing soundtrack to the beautiful feature film, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete. The film is about the urban struggles of two boys, something that Ms. Keys, despite the blessings in her life now, can understand.

In an interview with BET, Keys talked about overcoming defeat. She confessed that that never thought she’d make it in the music industry.

“When I was very young, I had all these big dreams about the music industry and how it was going to be and nothing worked out the way I dreamed that it would,” elaborated Keys. “The idea of working really hard and putting together music and the album, and for it to not come out, and people to not like it, it was crushing. The people that had the power to put my first album out to the public to hear, did not like it. At that time, I thought in so many ways things were never going to work out for me in the way I hoped. That feeling was ever-present.”

“I remember all the executives [I was working with] told me the album wasn’t good,” recounted when the interviewer said success seemed “inevitable.” “They said, “it just isn’t going to work.” The few executives that did believe in what I had to offer had been replaced, so I was surrounded by people that totally didn’t know me at all and probably didn’t really care. I worked really hard to get out of that place. I’m glad I stuck with it, too. Who would have ever known?”

Check out a clip of The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete above. The film is now on DVD.


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