Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys

American singer
Date of Birth: 25.01.1981
Country: USA

Biography of Alicia Keys

American singer Alicia Keys, whose real name is Alicia Augello Cook, was born on January 25, 1981, in the Manhattan neighborhood known as Hell's Kitchen, New York City. She is the only child of paralegal and actress Teresa Augello and flight attendant Craig Cook. Keys has African American, Italian, Scottish, and Irish heritage. Growing up in a mixed-race family, Keys has expressed feeling comfortable and connected to different cultures. Her parents separated when she was two years old, and she was raised by her mother in the impoverished neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen.

Alicia Keys

At the age of four, Keys made her television debut in the show "The Cosby Show" in an episode titled "Slumber Party." Encouraged by her mother, Keys attended dance and music classes during her early childhood. She started taking piano lessons at the age of seven, playing compositions by Beethoven, Mozart, and Chopin. When she was twelve, Keys enrolled in a performing arts school, where she chose choir singing as her major. She wrote her first songs at the age of fourteen.

Alicia Keys

Keys released her debut album with J Records, after previously recording with Columbia and Arista Records. Her first studio album, "Songs in A Minor," became a commercial success, selling 12 million copies worldwide. In 2001, Keys was named the best-selling new artist and best R&B artist. Her debut album earned her five Grammy Awards in 2002, including Song of the Year for "Fallin'." She became the second American artist to win five awards in one night from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Alicia Keys

Keys' second studio album, "The Diary of Alicia Keys," was released in 2003 and also achieved worldwide success, selling eight million copies. The album won four Grammy Awards in 2005. She released her first live album, "Unplugged," in 2005, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming the first "unplugged" album to do so since Nirvana in 1994.

Alicia Keys

In addition to her music career, Keys has appeared in several television shows, including "American Dreams" and "The Backyardigans." She made her film debut in the thriller "Smokin' Aces" and also starred in the dramedy "The Nanny Diaries" in 2007. She released her third studio album, "As I Am," in 2007, which sold approximately five million copies and won three Grammy Awards.

Alicia Keys

Keys' fourth studio album, "The Element of Freedom," was released in December 2009 and reached the top of the UK Albums Chart. Her fifth album, "Girl on Fire," was released in November 2012 and debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 chart. In June 2013, she released her second live album, "VH1 Storytellers."

As a pianist, Keys incorporates piano sounds into most of her R&B, soul, and jazz-infused songs. She often writes about love, heartbreak, and women's empowerment. Her musical influences include Whitney Houston, Prince, Nina Simone, Barbra Streisand, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye, and Quincy Jones.

Keys has been praised for her powerful and passionate vocal delivery, often referred to as the "Princess of Soul." However, some critics have accused her of displaying artificial emotionality and straining to exceed her natural vocal range. Additionally, Keys has faced criticism for the perceived lack of depth in her songwriting, with some considering her lyrics to be generic and formulaic.

Despite the criticism, Keys has received numerous accolades throughout her career. She has been named the best R&B artist of the 2000s by Billboard and was included in VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time." In 2012, she ranked 14th on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Women in Music."

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