Singer and actress Alicia Keys will present her “One Night Only” concert at Saudi Arabia’s event venues in support of her new release KEYS on February 11. The following day she will host a Town Hall event entitled Women to Women.
The concert is run by Saudi headquartered creative agency Good Intentions, owned by Keys’ husband Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean and his partner Saudi native Noor Taher.
The concert will be the first time Grammy winner Keys (who starred in films such as Smokin’ Aces, The Secret Life of Bees and The Nanny Diaries) will perform at AlUla, but she is no stranger to the city after visiting last year. “There is no denying the beauty and enchantment of AlUla…I visited a women’s arts school in the old town and got to see firsthand the continuation of the timeless artisan traditions here. I feel the future emerging in a way I was never aware of before,” said Keys.
On February 12, Keys will host a Town Hall event entitled 'Women to Women', an exclusive dialogue with the first female Saudi Ambassador to the US, HRH Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud. The event will be a conversation with other female entrepreneurs, business owners, creatives, and artists about power, purpose, and progression.
Keys has sold more than 90 million records. A classically trained pianist, she started composing songs at age 12 and secured a record deal at 15 years old. Her 2001 debut album, Songs in A Minor, was a critical and commercial success, producing her first Billboard Hot 100 number-one single Fallin’ and selling over 12 million copies worldwide.
Other AlUla Moments events in February include rising international popstar Naika, who will be performing alongside regional sensation Rahma Riyadh on February 24.