Alicia Keys performed the first of two sold-out shows at the Sporting Club in Monte-Carlo, Monaco on Wednesday evening (July 23, 2008). It was a brilliant performance from the 'Superwoman of Soul', as Alicia connected with the audience with her music and words like nobody else can. She announced as she came on the stage "Are you feeling good?"... and "Great to be with you" ... and "No place like Monte-Carlo!"
Alicia and her band played for over 90 minutes with each song flowing into the next in endless music. She delivered the history and meaning of some of her songs with musical commentary integrated within the music. Alicia kept the continuity of the music going throughout the evening, playing a set of over seventeen songs and opening with "Go Ahead" as the first number. She connected directly with the audience with musical talk and chat and asked with humour "Is it OK if I play my piano for you tonight?" to which everyone replied loudly Yes!
With "How Come You Don't Call Me" she created an extended version and gave the recognition to each member of her band giving them a solo moment to show their talent. Next it was the audience's turn to join in with this song and they were returning the words "Call Me" in the song back to her.
Her song "Superwoman" was performed exceptionally well. She said that the words to Superwoman - "Even when I'm a mess, I still put on a vest with an 'S' on my chest" have a special meaning to her, and it is a song written to inspire all. For those who were fortunate to hear her concert yesterday evening, Alicia delivered exceptional music, words and inspiration directly from the heart.
Alicia's last song was an 'encore' performance, titled "No One", and she put all her energy into this last number. At the conclusion of the song, she took a bow, and said sincerely "Thank You So Much Monte-Carlo" with a huge wave to the audience as she left the stage.
About Alicia Keys
Alicia is just 27 years old, but has already established herself as a global singing sensation. Born in Harlem, in New York City, she started playing the piano at the age of seven and writing songs when she was only fourteen.
Alicia has a classical music background and graduated from the prestigious Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan. She is just as adept at playing Beethoven, Chopin or Mozart as she is at performing one of her own songs. When she sings, she puts a distinctive element into every aspect of the performance and you can clearly see that she loves music.
In 2001, when she was just twenty, Alicia released her first album called "Songs in A Minor", which launched her into immediate success with the album having sold more than ten million copies to date. In 2002 her single "Fallin" won the Grammy for Song Of The Year.
Alicia went back to the studio in 2003 to record her second album "The Diary Of Alicia Keys", released in December 2003 and also a huge success selling eight million copies. The singles ""You Don't Know My Name" and "If I Ain't Got You" reached the top 5 of the Billboard Top 100 chart with "If I Ain't Got You" being the first song by a woman to stay more than one year on the Billboard Hot R&B Hip-hop chart.
Keys performed an MTV concert at the Brooklyn Music Academy in 2005 and the album resulting from this titled "Unplugged" went to number one on the US Billboard Top 200 chart in its first week of its release. The single "Unbreakable" off this album hit the number 4 spot on the Billboard Hot R&B Hip-hop chart.
In 2007 Alicia Keys released her most recent album called "As I Am", whose single "No One" made the charts within ten hours of its radio debut and has since hit number one on the Billboard Hot R&B Hip-hop chart.
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