Repurposing “If I Ain’t Got You” for the 1700s, on Monday (5.08,) Alicia Keys celebrated the 20th anniversary of her classic and the premiere of Queen Charlotte on Netflix by performing the track alongside an orchestra made up of 74 women of color.
In the video, the superstar singer is wearing a Victorian dress as she sashays up to a piano before singing the lyrics from her The Diary of Alicia Keys classic accompanied by the regal orchestra.
Taking to Instagram, Keys wrote “‘If I Ain’t Got You’ re-imagined with this 70-plus piece Global Orchestra made up entirely of women of color is SOOOO crazzzy!” “I had REAL tears in my eyes when we recorded this! How does this song keep doing this? I’m so grateful to you, for loving this like I do!”
Arranged by Bobbie-Jane Gardner, the all-women, international orchestra features Ofentse Pitse, who’s the first Black female conductor of South Africa, Rimon from Netherlands, Amel Bent from France, Alicia Away from Germany, Cherrie from Sweden, and Delara from Norway.
Including instrumental cover versions of such pop songs as Beyoncé’s “Halo” and “Run the World,” SZA’s “Nobody Gets Me,” and Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” the orchestral version of “If I Ain’t Got You” is featured on the soundtrack of Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story.