Singer Alicia Keys speaks onstage at BET’s Black Girls Rock 2012 at Paradise Theater on October 13, 2012 in New York City

*Alicia Keys this week releases a new animated app for children, titled The Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee – a partnership with Bento Box Interactive.


It features the relationship between a grandmother, based on Keys’ own Nana, and her granddaughter, based on Keys. The app is set in LeeLee’s bedroom, where users can “sit” at her desk to journal and draw as well as play the virtual piano. On LeeLee’s bookshelf there’s a story, Blue Moon, with an original song by Keys, “Follow the Moon.”

“The amazing part of this is it’s completely inter-generational,” Keys tells The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s about a daughter and her grandmother. It’s something that a mother and child can experience together, siblings can experience together, something that a grandmother and a grandchild can experience together. My mother and (2-year-old son) Egypt would definitely go through the story and play the games … and write in the journals and draw pictures.”

The Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee (see screenshot above) arrives Thursday at the Apple App store for $3.99.

Meanwhile, the 31-year-old Grammy winner and avid Obama supporter is preparing to drop her fifth studio album, “Girl on Fire,” on Nov. 27. She’ll go on tour in support of the record in March. But for now, she’s all about making sure that our current president remains in the White House.

“Please spread the word to everybody you can … that we gotta make sure we’re voting for Obama and I feel so confident that he’s absolutely the right man to run this country,” says the singer-songwriter. “It’s more obvious that he’s the absolute right candidate.”

Keys, who recently campaigned for the Obama-Biden ticket at the “Women Vote 2012 Summit” in Philadelphia, thinks the incumbent nailed his final debate with Mitt Romney in Florida earlier this week.

“He’s always speaking very honestly, very truthfully, very candidly,” she says. “I think sometimes people might want him to be more riled up or upset or something, but he’s always on. He’s always saying what needs to be said.”