Alicia Keys Resists Pop Route

At the age of 17, was resisting network executives’ attempts to mold her into the next Mariah Carey. In desperation, her manager reached out to other record companies and set up a meeting with industry veteran Clive Davis. “I first walked in and he had all these pictures of all these artists that he worked with, and Whitney Houston, Bruce Springsteen and Santana,” Keys told CNN’s Paula Zahn. “And he really understood music and he really cared about it.” Davis said of Keys’, “When you hear her voice, when you study the lyrics of her material, it’s what I call a no-brainer. You just know that you’re in the presence of somebody who could become an all-time great.” Check out a transcript from ‘Paula Zahn Now’ and their feature on Keys here.

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