NEW YORK (AP) -- Alicia Keys has influenced many lives with her soulful, heart aching piano-driven songs for almost a decade.
Now that the Grammy-winner has established herself as one of music's brightest stars, Keys is ready to inspire others — without singing a tune.
Keys is launching AK Worldwide, a company that will handle the 28-year-old's projects outside of music.
The first is The Barber's Daughters, a handcrafted jewelry line engraved with messages of hope. Keys will also launch a Web site, iamasuperwoman.com, devoted to spotlighting inspirational women and causes.
Keys says her creative work as a businesswoman has spilled over to her music — and that's reflected on her upcoming CD, "The Element of Freedom," to be released Dec. 1.