New Music: Jussie Smollett and Alicia Keys – Powerful

Alicia Keys Empire

Alicia Keys is the latest star to join the revolving guest lineup on FOX’s Empire.

Keys guest stars on next week’s episode (“Sinned Against”) as Skye Summers, a pop singer who forms a “deep connection” with Jamal (Jussie Smollett). The two collaborate on a duet called “Powerful,” which touches on the issue of racial justice, and heralds the power of the everyday man. “There’s so much strength in you and me… Change comes when we all take a stand,” sing Keys and Smollett.

“From women’s rights to gay rights, there’s always an underlying theme,” Keys tells ESSENCE. “James Baldwin said, ‘Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.'”

The song is featured on Empire: Original Soundtrack, Season 2 Volume 1, which is on iTunes now. The soundtrack is produced by Timbaland, NE-YO, J.R. Rotem and Swizz Beatz. Take a listen to the soaring duet below:

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