I was recently invited to take part in one of the most life-changing events I could ever imagine - to perform with Queen Charlotte's Global Orchestra.
"To celebrate the release of Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story, Netflix, Shondaland and Alicia Keys created a 70-plus piece Global Orchestra made up entirely of women of colour to perform a rendition of “If I
Ain’t Got You”, on the 20th anniversary of the song."
I have played the cello for 38 years, and NEVER have I had the privilege (PRIVILEGE!) of playing in an all women of colour orchestra (hell...I've never played in an orchestra where everyone was a woman, OR where everyone was a person of colour. This is MIND BLOWING to me).
After sharing the lightspeed journey with friends, family, and followers, the support has been amazing. It's also been insanely non freaking stop. There were more shenanigans after this event to which I was invited to perform - I'll share those in another post, now that I'm playing catch up.
But this...holy shit. It was just...so damn surreal, so magical, so intense, so NECESSARY.
I watched it for the first time within about a minute of it being released on YouTube. I had my kiddos and partner with me, and I was just kinda...sitting on the sofa, somewhat transfixed.
How could I not be transfixed? We ALL look, and sound, utterly incredible.
(Did I mention the whole thing was mind blowing?!?)
Also, I totally did a little SQUEEEEEE when I saw my close up, hahahah!
Those of you who know me well enough, know I manifested the crap out of this (having just completed Manifestation Babe Academy, working through a TON of racial trauma blocks, this event was LOUD in my heart and soul).
My gratitude is at the TOP, and I am READY for more.
I've watched this video a million times, now, tuning in to how it felt to be in that space, understanding what it took to take this on board and accept that it's happening. It's not been an easy road getting here, but woah..it's been a beautiful and enlightening journey, showing me ALL of the possibility.
Behind the scenes, and follow-up antics coming soon. Watch this space!
Alicia Keys with Kris Bowers and Bobbie-Jane Gardner
Conducted by Ofentse Pitse, for @bridgertonnetflix, Shondaland. With huge thanks to Warm Street & Momentum Music Talent Agency
Full music video now on YouTube, and full playlist on Spotify
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