Alicia Keys is back!
And That Grape Juice were in the house to see the 15-time Grammy winner.
Head below to read our NYC correspondent Richard Pittman‘s exclusive recap.
A crisp, NYC evening saw magic manifest at Alicia Keys’ surprise concert in Times Square. The gig was staged to promote her sixth studio album ‘Here,’ slated for release on Nov. 4th.
While Alicia brought home her classics such as ‘Fallin’ and ‘No One,’ she was also introduced her audience the newer numbers that will appear on ‘Here.’ Titles weren’t divulged but new cut ‘Blended Family’ was showcased live.
Alicia’s scenic performance also included star-studded appearances by Q-Tip who DJ’d the event, Nas, Quest Love, John Mayer, and Jay Z. The audience was gifted with covers of Mayer’s ‘Gravity’ as well as a tribute to John Lennon singing ‘Imagine.’
By far the highlight of the night was her performance of ‘Empire State of Mind’ with Jay leaving the audience stunned by the suddenness of his appearance As her voice soared, the masterful MC spat two complete verses, interacting with the audience with youthful adulation, and humility to be amongst his people.
Watching two of New York’s finest in their element, it was one of those moments in live performance that leaves you in awe and inspired to hustle.