I blog at Chic Busy Mom about the balancing act that is motherhood. I try to be a voice for moms who think they’re too busy to do anything fantastic for themselves or their families. I’m there to tell them that they can! For this reason, I was so excited to attend a show so closely tied to my blog because Katie Couric and Alicia Keys are both chic, busy moms.
When I got to ABC studios I was shown to the green room. (Woohoo! Official blogger is also code for talent, and talent gets to sit in the green room!) I settled in with a nice cup of coffee and got my devices all wired up. After getting to my seat in the front row of the audience (bomb.com), we were greeted by Katie Couric.
We dove right into a great conversation about Alicia’s new album and where she is in her life right now. We all want to be a supermom, but it’s nice when there’s a super man there to help carry the load. In my life, my amazing husband is often my biggest supporter. From the sounds of it, it looks like Alicia has that relationship with her husband, Swizz (Kasim) Beatz. They are each other’s best friends and it’s so important to have someone to support and inspire you like he does.
Can you say “Sexy” Chic Busy Mom?
When Katie introduced Alicia Keys to the stage I was blown away by how amazing she looked in-person and up close. Alicia had on a sexy black dress, slicked back hair and bold red lips. Can you say “Sexy” Chic Busy Mom? I just kept trying to suck in my stomach on camera! (Baby steps) As a mom, our health and fitness are sometimes put on the back-burner When you’re wrangling the kids, a job and a household, going to the gym just seems like another chore. Alicia Keys serves as a shining example of how rewarding it is to make our health a priority. When you see the clip of her and Katie working out with “The Hollywood Trainer” Jeanette Jenkins, you will see why her body is ‘On Fire!’ And let me tell you, Jeanette is a friend of mine, and those workouts are NOT easy!
But what I loved most about Alicia Keys wasn’t her voice or her bangin’ bod. I was so impressed by how lovingly she talked about her family. On her new album she recorded an adorable conversation she had with her two-year-old son, Egypt, and put it on a track. They played a clip for us and it was so darn cute. Alicia was also grew up surrounded by strong women like her mom and her paternal grandmother, Nana Mae. They helped her become the woman she is today, and I’m sure she’ll pass those traits down to Egypt.
At the end of the show, Alicia performed two songs “Girl on Fire” and “Brand New Kind of Me.” I have to say, I have seen her live before, but this time was different. There was happiness, and a peaceful soulfulness in her voice. It was if she had shed her girlish shield and had transformed into a woman. Motherhood often has that affect on people.
Why do you think Alicia Keys is "on fire?"