Alicia Keys speaks with Noteworthy's Jason King at Jungle City Studios in New York City. NPR hide caption toggle caption NPR Noteworthy Songwriting State Of Mind: The Stories Behind Alicia Keys' Hits September 22, 2016 15 years after her first single went to No. 1, Alicia Keys says her songwriting still relies on instinct. "I never know how it happens," she says. "And I kinda always wanna be like that."