While she is many things, including a singer, songwriter, record producer, pianist, actress, and activist, Alicia Augello Cook, professionally known as Alicia Keys, is distinguished by her spectacular voice.
She is an accomplished singer who has sold over 35 million albums and 30 million copies worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists in history.
Alicia Keys Wiki
The American beauty was born on January 25, 1981, in the Hell’s Kitchen area of Manhattan, New York City, as her mother’s only child and one of her father’s three children. However, her parents separated when she was only two years old, so she had to be raised by her mother during her formative years at Hell’s Kitchen.
Often referred to by various media as the “Queen of R&B”, Alicia is a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood, and she has everything it takes to hold her own. While she achieved celebrity status in the early 2000s, Alicia appeared on The Cosby Show in 1985 at the age of four, where she and a group of girls played the role of Rudy Huxtable’s overnight guests in the episode “Slumber Party”.
Her mother helped inspire her career by sending Alicia to music and dance classes, where she studied classical piano from the age of seven, played composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, and Chopin, and enrolled in the Professional Performing Arts School at 12, where she majored in the choir and began writing songs at the age of 14. She completed her studies after four years as a valedictorian at the age of 16.
While still in high school, Alicia attracted record company executives and after what appears to have been a bidding war for the talented young lady, she signed with Arista Records in 1998. Although she was accepted with a full scholarship to Columbia University, Alicia left the school after a four-week stay to devote herself fully to music.
She released her debut album Songs in A Minor (2001) on J Records, having previously signed recording contracts with Columbia and then Arista Records. The album included her first Billboard Hot 100 number-one single Fallin, which sold over 12 million copies worldwide. The album achieved even more when she won five Grammy Awards for Alicia Keys in 2002.
If you thought her debut album was the best thing that came out of her career, you should see what she achieved with her second album. Alicia’s second offering, The Diary of Alicia Keys, was released in 2003 and produced successful singles like You Don’t Know My Name If I Ain’t Got You and Diary, which sold 8 million copies worldwide. The duo song My Boo with Usher also earned her a second number-one single in 2004. Her second album won another four Grammy Awards in 2005, and later that year she released her first live album Unplugged, making her the first woman to make an MTV Unplugged debut at number one.
Another album, As I Am, was released in 2007 and produced the Hot 100 number-one single, No One, which sold 5 million copies worldwide and also won three Grammy Awards. No One is still one of their most popular titles worldwide.
A few tracks and albums later, Alicia has now won numerous awards, including 15 Grammy Awards and 17 NAACP Image Awards. She has sold over 35 million albums and 30 million worldwide, making her one of the world’s top-selling music artists.
Music is not her only talent, as the singer has also ventured into acting on television and in films. In 1985, at the age of 4 years, Alicia appeared as one of the friends of Keshia Knight Pulliam on the Cosby Show (1984-92). Years later, she appeared in several other series, including Charmed (1998-06), American Dreams (2002-05), and The Backyardigans (2004-).
She made her film debut in 2006 when she appeared as Georgia Sykes in the action movie Smokin’ Aces. She then appeared in The Nanny Diaries (2007) and The Secret Life of Bees (2008) alongside renowned actresses Queen Latifah and Jennifer Hudson.
Alicia Keys Parents, Mother, Father, Family
Alicia Keys was born as the daughter of Teresa (Augello), a paralegal who also worked occasionally as an actress, and Craig Cook, a flight attendant. While her father is African-American, her mother, who is Caucasian, is of Italian and English/Irish/Scottish descent. Alicia has always valued her multiracial heritage and says it helps her to connect with different cultures.
She has 2 younger half-brothers: Clay Cook (branch) and Cole Cook.
Is She Married? Husband, Kids
The singer started going out with rapper Swizz Beatz (Kasseem Dean) in 2008. At that time, Kasseem was still in the process of divorcing his then-wife, the singer Mashonda Tifrere.
In May 2010, Alicia and Kasseem announced their engagement in anticipation of their first child. In July 2010, Alicia married hip-hop artist and producer Swizz Beatz, and the couple welcomed their first child together in October 2010, a son named Egypt Daoud Dean. In December 2014 they welcomed their second son, Genesis Ali Dean.
They live mainly in Englewood, New Jersey.