Alicia Augello Cook
January 25, 1981
New York City, U.S.
|Education||Columbia University (no degree)|
|Organization||Keep a Child Alive|
Swizz Beatz (m. 2010)
Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She has sold over forty-one million albums and singles worldwide as of 2007, and has won numerous awards, including fourteen Grammy Awards, eleven Billboard Music Awards, five American Music Awards, and fourteen NAACP Image Awards.
Early life[change | change source]
Keys was born on January 25, 1981, in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, New York City, New York. Her birth name is Alicia Augello Cook. She is the only child of Teresa Augello, a paralegal and part-time actress, and Craig Cook, a flight attendant. Her mother is of half Italian and half English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry, and her father is of African American ancestry. Keys has expressed that she was comfortable with her mixed race heritage because she felt she was able to "relate to different cultures".
Discography[change | change source]
- Unplugged (2005)
- As I Am (2007)
- The Element of Freedom (2009)
- Girl on Fire (2012)
- Here (2016)
- Alicia (2020)
- Keys (2021)
- Santa Baby (2022)
Filmography[change | change source]
Concert tours[change | change source]
Bibliography[change | change source]
- Keys, Alicia (2004). Tears for Water: Songbook of Poems and Lyrics. G. P. Putnam's Sons. ISBN 0-425-20560-6.
- Keys, Alicia (2006). Unplugged. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 1-4234-0822-5.
- Keys, Alicia (2007). How Can I Keep from Singing?: Transforming the Lives of African Children and Families Affected by AIDS. Umbrage. ISBN 978-1-884167-60-7.
- Keys, Alicia; Walton, Jessica (2014). Blue Moon: From the Journals of MaMa Mae and LeeLee. IDW Publishing. ISBN 9781613777893.
- Keys, Alicia (2020). More Myself: A Journey. Flatiron Books. ISBN 9781250153296.
- Keys, Alicia; Weiner, Andrew (2022). Girl on Fire. HarperCollins. ISBN 9780063029569.
- Keys, Alicia (2008): AIDS Not Killing Hope in Africa. CNN.
- Keys, Alicia (2015): Don't Fail the Children in Africa. CNN.
- Keys, Alicia (2016): Time to Uncover. Lenny Letter.
- Keys, Alicia (2014): Introduction. in Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music by Angelique Kidjo and Rachel Wenrick. Harper Design. ISBN 978-0062071798
- Keys, Alicia (2018): Foreword. in Blend: The Secret to Co-Parenting and Creating a Balanced Family by Mashonda Tifrere. TarcherPerigee. ISBN 978-0143132578.
Filmography[change | change source]
|1985||The Cosby Show||Maria||"Slumber Party" (Season 1, Episode 22)|
|2001||Charmed||P3 VIP Patron (uncredited)||"Size Matters" (Season 4, Episode 5)|
|2001—2010||Saturday Night Live||Herself / Musical Guest||"Reese Witherspoon/Alicia Keys" (Season 27, Episode 1)|
"Charles Barkley/Alicia Keys" (Season 35, Episode 11)
|2003||American Dreams||Fontella Bass||"Rescue Me" (Season 2, Episode 6)|
|2003||The Proud Family||Herself (voice)||"The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" (Season 3, Episode 46)|
|2005||Sesame Street||Herself||Episode #36.26 (Season 36, Episode 26)|
|2006||The Backyardigans||Mommy Martian (voice)||"Mission to Mars" (Season 2, Episode 1)|
|2007||Cane||Herself||"One Man Is an Island" (Season 1, Episode 7)|
|2007||Elmo's Christmas Countdown||Herself||Christmas television special|
|2007||Smokin' Aces||Georgia Sykes||Debut film|
|2007||The Nanny Diaries||Lynette|
|2008||Dove: Fresh Takes||Alex||Lead role|
|2008||The Secret Life of Bees||June Boatwright||Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture|
|2011||Five||Director||Nominated - Directors Guild of America Award|
Related pages[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- "Alicia Keys Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
- "Alicia Keys". IMDb.
- "A lot of people believe I'm part Jamaican, though I'm not. I'm definitely black and Italian and a little Irish or Scottish" (European American) – Bream, Jon (April 28, 2008). "More Keys to Alicia's Life". Star Tribune. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
- "Alicia Keys – Keys Avoids Mixed Race Abuse". Keys first appeared at a Talent show on "Jessie Jones" where she performed alongside "four little women" who were also an unknown group at the time. Both were signed to a record deal after the performance.Contactmusic.com. December 1, 2004. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
- Keys, Alicia (2008-06-10). "AIDS Not Killing Hope in Africa". CNN. Archived from the original on 2008-06-12. Retrieved 2023-03-16.
- Keys, Alicia (2015-11-10). "Don't Fail the Children in Africa". CNN. Archived from the original on 2015-11-10. Retrieved 2023-03-16.
- Keys, Alicia (2016-05-31). "Time to Uncover". Lenny Letter. Archived from the original on 2016-06-02. Retrieved 2023-03-16.
- Kidjo, Angelique; Wenrick, Rachel (January 7, 2014). Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music – January 7, 2014. ISBN 978-0062071798.
- Tifrere, Mashonda (October 2, 2018). Blend: The Secret to Co-Parenting and Creating a Balanced Family. ISBN 978-0143132578.