Alicia Keys is unlocking her archives through a new interactive website.
The site, AK Vault, is fully curated by Keys from the “big steel fortress at my studio that holds my secret treasure-trove where everything unreleased resides.” From there Keys promises to share a wealth of material including live performances, videos, diary entries and music.
AK Vault allows fans to explore the material by album or by clicking on animated icons for photos, music, videos, etc.
Some material is still locked — there isn’t access to 2009’s “The Element of Freedom" or her most recent album, “Girl on Fire,” as of yet — but the singer has stocked the site with a few goodies.
There’s a grainy video of a 16-year-old Keys performing “Butterflyz” (it’s featured on her Grammy winning debut, “Songs in A Minor”) for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and a clip of her signing at a talent show when she was 9.
Keys has also unearthed three tunes to launch the site.
A 2003 recording "Golden Child,” will be a likely standout for loyal fans. The lyrics of the somber, introspective number appeared in her 2004 poetry/lyric book, “Tears For Water,” but had never been heard.
“I wrote this song to pull myself up out of a slump I was in. Feelings of not going anywhere, Fears of not being able to make it,” Keys wrote in a note attached to the song.
Keys also posted a cover of PM Dawn's 1992 hit, "I'd Die Without You,” that she recorded in 2007 and shared the complete version of “Send Me An Angel,” which previously appeared as a short prelude on 2007’s “As I Am.”
The singer will also offer downloads of unreleased songs for fans to remix and post to the site.
Listen to “Golden Child” below:
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