MasterClass has announced that 15-time Grammy Award-winning artist Alicia Keys will teach a class on songwriting and producing. As one of the world’s most influential songwriters and producers in the last two decades, the legendary artist will reveal her complete and unique approach and soulful reflection to songwriting, and will also share her inspiring philosophies on how to unlock authenticity, empathy, and vulnerability.
“I cannot stress enough the power you have when you’re truly confident in yourself,” said Keys. “In my MasterClass, I’m excited to connect on a different level. We’re gonna talk about what I’ve learned, my process and how to access what’s inside of you, so you can connect and get it out into the world.”
Designed for artists of all levels, Keys’ MasterClass will share her rare and well-respected insight into songwriting with soul. The artist will take members through her entire process, starting with developing lyrics at the piano, recording and layering vocals in the Iso Booth, and finally, arranging sonics in the Control Room. She will break down the anatomy of her many anthemic tracks, like “Fallin’,” and will explain the various influences and elements that come together to create her signature authentic and retro-futuristic sound, including how she harnesses the power of specific vocal arrangements and experiments with instruments and software.
Keys will also go beyond her technical skills to discuss her take on inequalities in the music industry and her efforts in creating more space at the table for those whose voices are silenced. Her class will empower members to define their purpose, channel their empathy and find their authentic rhythm through her wealth of knowledge and experience behind her monumental career.
Since breaking into the music business as a teenager and scoring her first No. 1 hit with “Fallin’” on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2001, the inimitable artist has sold over 40 million albums and 35 million singles worldwide over the last twenty years. Her debut album Songs in A Minor earned the singer her first five Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year and Best New Artist. She has been named Billboard’s top R&B artist of the 2000s and was twice listed as one of Time magazine’s most influential people. She has since released six more critically acclaimed studio albums since her debut, most recently her self-titled album Alicia (2020).
Keys has been honored with a myriad of awards, including 15 Grammy Awards, 17 NAACP Image Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards, five American Music Awards and seven BET Awards, as well as the Starlight Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The artist is also lauded for her humanitarian work, philanthropy and activism. At just 22 years old, she co-founded and serves as the global ambassador of the nonprofit HIV/AIDS-fighting organization Keep a Child Alive; she launched the We Are Here Movement, a petition to demand racial justice and equality; and in 2018, Keys formed She Is the Music, a music-industry group for female advancement.
“Alicia is simply a legend,” said David Rogier, founder and CEO of MasterClass. “She appeals to and unites her audience with empathy and empowerment. In her MasterClass, Alicia not only breaks down her creative process, but deconstructs her most influential songs. She inspires all of us to control our power and purpose.”
Alicia Keys’ class is now available exclusively on MasterClass, where subscribers get unlimited access to all 90+ world-class instructors with an annual membership.
Watch Alicia Keys introduce her MasterClass on songwriting and producing below: