Alicia Keys, Mary J, and Jill Scott Share Their Hits and Struggles

For me, it’s about being real and honest. And the lyrics have to be relatable.” Scott added, “Oh, I wish I knew. I think Ne-Yo knows. I think Carvin Haggins, who does a lot of writing for Musiq Soulchild, has the ingredients, too. My songs are mostly about life experiences, about being human and falling and getting back up. About loving and losing.” Keys, whose songs are always heartfelt, says “It’s always a bit of a mystery. A song should deal with a widely understood emotion, have a really strong, clear explanation of that emotion and a great melody that makes you want to sing it at the top of your lungs. Then the music should evoke the same feeling as the lyrics. Somewhere within all of that lies the perfect song.” For the complete interview with Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys and Jill Scott pick up ESSENCE’s June 2008 issue now on stands!!!

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