Alicia Keys Releases 'Raise A Man' Track

Published February 11th, 2019 - 01:42 GMT
Raise A Man is the title of the new track (Source: aliciakeys / Instagram )
Raise A Man is the title of the new track (Source: aliciakeys / Instagram )

She hosted the 61st Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night.

But Alicia Keys wasn't quite done when the final curtain fell in Los Angeles as she capped off the evening by surprise releasing a new song.

Raise A Man is the title of the new track by the 38-year-old singer-songwriter, and her first new solo recording since 2016.

'Is it okay to love a man right now?' ask Keys in the chorus of the new track over lush keys that are broken up by light whirls from an electric guitar.

It is a poignant question from the Girl on Fire singer in a song that turns out to be an ode to a good man and a demand to other men to 'Raise a man.'

'Somebody made a man, so show me how to raise a man, You can't be a man if we don't raise a man,' she sings near the end. 

Keys seems to have found herself in an enviable position with a man she loves and respects, 'You love teaches me how to love so deep, it's so sweet.'

'Can't wait to pass you down to the face that resembles you and me.'

The discussion of responsibility is one with which the singer is familiar as she raises two boys of her own with husband Kasseem Dean, known professionally as Swizz Beatz.

The couple have known each other since they were teenagers and got engaged in May 2010.

They were married just two months alter, on July 31, and she gave birth to their first son Egypt, that October.

In December 2014, Keys gave birth to their second son Genesis.

It was a big night for the 15 time Grammy winner, who hosted the award show for the first time.

The show was stock full of amazing moments, many that featured the talented host.

She opened up the show with a monologue, paying tribute to music, before Michelle Obama joined her on stage along with Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, and Jada Pinkett.

'From the Motown records that I wore out on the Southside, to the Who Run The World songs that fueled me through this last decade, music has always helped me tell my story and I know that's true for everyone here,' Michelle said, throwing in a quick tribute to Beyonce as the audience went wild.

Later, Keys took the stage for a performance, delivering a medley that included classics from five different decades.

Sat between two pianos, she wowed the audience at the Los Angeles Staples Center and viewers at home as she began to play them both at the same time.

She ended her set with her own hit tune Empire State Of Mind, which she co-created with Jay-Z.

It has been over two years since Keys released her last studio album, Here.

Nonetheless, the singer-songwriter has managed to keep busy appearing on numerous songs throughout 2018.

She joined James Bay on Us from his LP Electric Light and Justin Timberlake on the song Morning Light from his newest record Man of the Woods.

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