Alicia Keys, who recently released a line of shoes with Reebok, has now signed up to help sell BlackBerry devices. BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins announced yesterday (January 30, 2013) that the Grammy Award winning singer would be the company’s new Global Creative Director.
Last year, Keys released the well-received album “Girl on Fire,” but the performer has been pushing into areas beyond music. Keys and her production company, AK Worldwide, recently worked with Bento Box Interactive on “The Journals of Mama Mae & LeeLee,” a storytelling app targeted at young children that is meant to spur a love of reading. She’s also written music for and produced a Broadway play (“Stick Fly”), and is the executive producer of a coming feature film, “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete.”
Read the press release from BlackBerry;
Alicia Keys Joins BlackBerry as Global Creative Director
Waterloo, ON – At the close of its BlackBerry 10 launch event today, BlackBerry (NASDAQ:RIMM, TSX: RIM) CEO Thorsten Heins introduced 14-time Grammy®Award winning singer, songwriter and entrepreneur, Alicia Keys, as BlackBerry’s new Global Creative Director. As an official member of the BlackBerry team, Keys will lead an array of new business initiatives that will drive engagement with BlackBerry and perception of the brand.
“Alicia Keys has come to BlackBerry because she believes in the product and technology, and subscribes to our overriding philosophy to ‘Keep Moving’: to empower people through mobile computing and communications,” said BlackBerry President and CEO Thorsten Heins. “We are excited she will be bringing to us her enormous capabilities, as well as a vast network of relationships in the entertainment, social media and business communities, to help shape our brand and grow our business.”
In her new role, Keys will work closely with app developers, content creators, retailers, carriers and the entertainment community to further shape and enhance the BlackBerry 10 platform, and inspire creative use through its remarkable capabilities and functionality. From music to books, to film, to apps, Keys will lead the charge of enhancing entertainment consumption and distribution, through the power of BlackBerry 10.
“Staying connected has become a vital part of my creative process,” said Keys. “I have been using the BlackBerry 10 for a few weeks now, and I’m truly inspired by its innovation. It has entirely revolutionized the experience. I know the potential this platform has to help creative people be more productive, and help productive people be more creative. This is such an incredible age to be living in, with such profound advances in communications and technology. As Global Creative Director, my goal is to inspire creativity with this platform, and I’m so excited to jump right in.
At this morning’s launch event, Keys revealed BlackBerry’s new “Keep Moving” Project, which engages BlackBerry users in exclusive and compelling experiences created by inspirational and multi-faceted artists, writers, designers, filmmakers, musicians, and athletes. Renowned film director Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, From Dusk Till Dawn, Sin City), and author Neil Gaiman (Coraline, Stardust, The Sandman) will join Keys as the first three “BlackBerry Partners” leveraging the power of the new platform to create original content and special user engagements. The essence of these creative projects is that they are collaborations between the artist, BlackBerry and BlackBerry users around the world