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When Alicia Keys released her sixth studio album, Here, on Nov. 4, even she couldn't have known how much her personal journey would resonate with listeners.
The 16-track LP, including the lead single, "Blended Family (What You Do for Love)," marks what Keys calls "by far the best work that I have done yet," offering social commentary and reflection delivered with that unmistakable, unforgettable voice. Her lyrics, already powerful , took on a life of their own amid the post-election discord just four days later.
"Who would have known that all these things that's kind of pulling back the veil on myself -- on what I see happening in our world, happening to all of us -- would be so timely in where we are as a country, as a world," Keys mused in an exclusive interview with ET last week on the set of The Voice in Universal City, California.
"There is so much to talk about," she continued. "We can't just live off the surface. We're all feeling, we're all knowing that it's time to go to the next place and just get stronger in that way, and braver in that way."
Keys said she "never thought the timing would ... be so right on time" and she's "grateful" for the way fans have responded to her music. It's "mind-blowing," she said.
Though Keys was originally supposed to perform her single, "Blended Family," during a telecast of The Voice on Nov. 15, she used the opportunity to make "an artistic choice," opting to perform "Holy War" alongside fellow coach, Adam Levine, instead.
"It was right after the election [and] the world was feeling heavy and deep and confused, I think, in that moment," she explained. 'I had to sing 'Holy War,' one of my favorite songs on the album which talks about, 'How are we going to build these bridges to accept each other and love each other, and not keep polishing these bombs of holy war that's so destructive?' It was a really powerful moment."
In her first season as a coach on The Voice, Keys has mentored 17-year-old We' McDonald into this week's finale. The final four artists will perform on Monday night, beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC, with a winner to be crowned on Tuesday's episode, airing at 9 p.m. ET/PT.