Alicia Keys opens up about her struggle to prove herself as a producer

By Jodi Guglielmi
Updated July 02, 2015 02:00 PM

Alicia Keys is a triple threat in the music industry: songwriter, singer and record producer. She’s sold over 35 million records and won 14 Grammy’s throughout her career – but Keys, 35, reveals that getting to this point in her career wasn’t easy.

In an AOL series titled Makers – all about showcasing trailblazing women – Keys admits that when she first started making music at the age of 16, she struggled to break into the male-dominated music industry.

“I had these different guy producers who wrote me off from the beginning,” she said. “They didn’t think I could play, they didn’t think I could write and definitely didn’t think I could produce.”

Instead of listening to the producers who were trying keep her in the background, it pushed her to be even more hell-bent on bringing her own unique sound and style to her music.

“It’s like a mystery that a woman can be a producer,” said Keys.

Check out the rest of the video to learn more about Key’s life.