Alicia Keys

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Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys in 2011
Alicia Keys in 2011
Background information
Birth nameAlicia Augello Cook
Also known asLellow[1]
Born (1981-01-25) January 25, 1981 (age 42)
Hell's Kitchen, New York, USA
GenresR&B, soul, pop
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, pianist, record producer, actress, composer
InstrumentsPiano, vocals, keyboards
Years active1996 - present
LabelsArista, Columbia, J Records, RCA

Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American R&B 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. first season of the coach The Voice.

Early life[change | change source]

Keys was born on January 25, 1981, in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, New York City, New York.[2] 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,[3] and her father is of African American ancestry.[4] Keys has expressed that she was comfortable with her mixed race heritage because she felt she was able to "relate to different cultures".[5]

Discography[change | change source]

  • 2001: Songs in A Minor
  • 2003: The Diary of Alicia Keys
  • 2007: As I Am
  • 2009: The Element of Freedom
  • 2012: Girl on Fire
Live albums
  • Unplugged (2005)

Tours[change | change source]

An African-American female singing into a microphone on a stand. She is wearing large hoop earrings and a silver sleeveless shirt.
Keys at Tokyo Summer Sonic 2008.
Year Title Number of
2001/2002 Songs in A Minor Tour 58
2004 Verizon Ladies First Tour 25
2005 The Diary Tour 36
2008 As I Am Tour 94
2010 The Freedom Tour 50
2011 Piano & I: A One Night Only Event With Alicia Keys 5

Filmography[change | change source]

List of television and movies credits
Year Title Role Notes
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
2012 Firelight Executive Producer

References[change | change source]

  1. "The Diary Of Alicia Keys [CD & DVD] [Limited] - Alicia Keys". Epinions. February 2, 2004. Retrieved 2008-02-14.
  2. "Alicia Keys Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
  3. "Alicia Keys". IMDb.
  4. "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.
  5. "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 December 1, 2004. Retrieved January 2, 2014.

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