Alicia KeysJust one week after releasing her fourth studio album 'The Element of Freedom,' Alicia Keys bounced back and forth from her piano to a standing microphone and gave a mini-concert in our New York studio. Dressed in all-black, Keys performed a mix of old and new tunes, including singles 'Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart,' 'Un-thinkable (I'm Ready') and her smoothed out rendition of 'Empire State of Mind,' before sitting down to chat with the BoomBox about her new found freedom and a "gentler" self.

"You can find your strength in being a little more gentle you know," the singer says of her new project that features ballads about undeniable, and sometimes crippling love [see: 'Love is My Disease']. "I think that a lot of my approach with this record was a little bit more gentle and not necessarily consciously, but it does come through like that."