Alicia Keys Reveals ‘If I Ain’t Got You’ Almost Went to Christina Aguilera!
Alicia Keys is revealing one of her beloved songs almost went to Christina Aguilera.
The 39-year-old singer-songwriter opened up in an interview with Stereogum.
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During the chat, they discussed the Alicia Keys-penned “Impossible” for Christina‘s Stripped.
“There’s a really funny, amazing story around this song. I think we were on the same label at the time. She reached out and was like, ‘Would you write something for me?’ And then it came through so many emails. What a voice! I know I could write something fire for her. So time passed and I hadn’t written the song yet. And [the label] was like, “Do you have anything for Christina?’ I remember I had just recently written ‘If I Ain’t Got You,’” she explained.
“I told my A&R at the time, ‘Let’s play her ‘If I Ain’t Got You.’ He said,
Are you f-ing crazy? We’re not giving her that song. Are you out your mind?’ [Laughs] I was like, ‘Why not? I’ll write a hundred more of those, it’s fine. I think she should hear it. I don’t really think it’s a big deal.’ But I thought, ‘Fine, I’ll go write another song.’ So I went off and wrote ‘Impossible.’ I went to cut it with her and I love how she sounded on it. It was such a cool vibe for us to be able to work together during those times. But I will never forget that I would have given away ‘If I Ain’t Got You.’ Isn’t that crazy? So that’s a good story.
“I cut the vocals with her because I produced everything. So it’s really important to be in the same space to just get all the energy. That was great. She sounded so good and she’s very special too,” she continued.
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