After being afflicted by swollen vocal chords, the singer opens in St. Louis Sunday

By Isoul Harris
April 27, 2008 03:45 PM
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Having been waylaid by swollen vocal cords that forced the cancellation of some concert dates, Alicia Keys is back in form, ready to appear at St. Louis’s Scottrade Center Sunday night.

Earlier this month, before her throat condition flared up, the singer, 27, spoke to PEOPLE while hot on the heels of having wrapped up the European leg of her “Lexus Presents the Alicia Keys As I Am” tour – which she called “one of the biggest tours that I have ever done, and to see the reaction from the people was great.”

As for delivering the show stateside, she said: “I love the rhythm of it, but there will be slight changes to the stage and other things as I fine-tune it. But, overall, the tour is so tight. It’s very interactive, and although many of the venues are huge, it’s my intention to make everyone feel like we are in a little club or a theater.”

In terms of performance style, she says, “I make people laugh; everyone sings along, we shout things out at the same time. It’s adventure and very involved. It’s something that people will want to come back to.”

Beyond the tour, she’s been at work on a documentary. “It’s called Alicia in Africa, and it’s a beautiful journey that I took with my organization Keep a Child Alive. It’s been great to see the effects of the work we have been able to do and the people we have helped. Once you’ve seen it, then you can decide what you want to donate to the cause.”

And, personally, there is her love life, about which she says only: “I am in a very stable relationship with myself – and growing by the second.”