Alicia Keys had a bona fide hit on her hands when she released her single “If I Ain’t Got You” way back in 2003. Twenty years after the fact, the song remains one of the staples of the modern pop pantheon, with many a hopeful pulling it out of their repertoire to prove that they have the talent to wow. The song is also seeing a resurgence as one of the songs to get an orchestral makeover in Netflix and Shonda Rhimes’ new Bridgerton spinoff Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story. In light of this, Alicia has recorded a new orchestral version of the track for all to enjoy.
The orchestral version of the song has all the hallmarks of the original reimagined with a full orchestra, but what makes this take of note is the special music video made for the song. Alicia and Netflix assembled a 70-piece orchestra comprised entirely of women of color, which they dubbed Queen Charlotte’s Global Orchestra for the occasion. They then dressed them all in period-appropriate attire for the series — which means a lot of lace, silk, frills and even pantaloons — and filmed the video with Alicia performing alongside them on the piano.
It’s all quite dazzling to witness, especially with scenes involving editorial looks that seem to be pulled right out of fashion magazines. It all serves to not only highlight the staying power of “If I Ain’t Got You” but also bring some attention to Queen Charlotte, which is already getting quite the buzz.
Stream the new orchestral version of “If I Ain’t Got You” and watch Alicia Keys go for Baroque in the accompanying music video below. And also be sure to watch Queen Charlotte to see if you can spot the other familiar pop songs remade in an orchestral style.