Alicia Biography, Net Worth, Life History: Alicia Augello Cook popularly known by her stage name as Alicia Keys born on the 25th January, 1981 in Hell’skitchen, New York City, U. S is an American singer, songwriter, pianist and actress. Alicia Biography
She is the only child of Teresa who was a paralegal and part-time actress. Keys’ father is an African American and her mother is of Italian, but her father left her and her mother before the age of 2.
Growing up as a child was not really easy and smooth for her as she struggled with self -esteem issues, being vulnerable to judgement and later exposed to uninvited sexual attention. From her early age, she was regularly exposed to street violence, drugs, prostitution and subjected to sexual propositions in the sex trade and crime-riddled area.
After she was gifted with an old piano by a friend which allowed her to play and take lessons as a child. Keys began receiving classical piano training at age seven, practising six hours a day, learning the sukuzi method and playing different composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin and satie. Keys enrolled in the professional performing Arts school at the age of 12 , where she took music, dance and theatre classes and major in choirvibes
She became an accomplished pianist, after her classical music teacher had nothing left to teach her, she began studying jazz at age 14. Keys was also finishing high school, and her academic success had provided her opportunity for scholarship to study at Columbia University in Manhattan. She graduated high school early as valedictorian, at the age of 16 ,and began attending Columbia University at that age while working on her music.
Keys love for music and singing started from her early childhood, she recalls her mother playing jazz records of artists like thelonious monk, Billie holiday ,Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong on Sunday morning, early musical moments keys considers to be influential in kindling her interest in and emotional connection to music.
She also discovered she had a passion for the paino by age six, as she loved the sound and feel of the instrument and desired to play and learn it. Keys wrote her first song about her departed grandfather on her Piano by age 12. Keys’ mother had been a great source of strength to her encouraging her to participate in different extracurricular activities including music, dance, theatre and Gymnastics so she could “find her muse” . These activities gave her focus and drive, and helped keep her out of trouble and on track.
Alicia Keys had and met her first manager Jeff Robinson at the age of 13. Jeff Robinson agreed to be Keys’ manager after he witnessed keys and her group performed at the police athetlic league centre in Harlem on the request of his brother who told him about keys and adviced him to go see keys as her teacher in vocal lessons at Harlem then. After the performance, Jeff Robinson took keys in training, informing and preparing her for the music industry and he also urged her to pursue a solo but she was reluctant at first because she preferred the musical interactions of a group .
She later took Robinson’s advice after group disbanded. Keys contacted Robinson after the group separation in 1995 who introduced her to A&R executive Peter Edge but who was unable to sign her then. During this period, Columbia records had approached keys for a record deal, offering her a $26,000 white baby grand piano, after negotiations with her and her manager, she signed to the label, at age 15. In 1998, keys left the Columbia records to join the artisa records with Clive Davis as her new manager.
In 2001/2002, keys released her first album tittled “songs in a mirror tour “ followed by other albums which includes : The Verizon ladies first tour (2004), Diary tour (2005), Freedom tour (2010), Piano and I (2011), Set the world on fire tour (2013) etc. She has numerous music sang under all these albums, some of her songs includes : we are here, Girl on fire etc
Alicia Net Worth
- Achievements/ Awards
Alicia Keys is an award-winning musician and artist. She has won numerous award including 15 gramny awards, 17 NAACP image awards, 9 billboard music awards and 7 BET awards. She is also the co-founder and global ambassador of keep a child alive, non -profit organisation that provides medicine, orphan care and social support to families with HIV/ADIS in Africa and India. Keys also have organised and attended numerous concert all over the world. She is also a women and child activist helping women and children around the world.
- Marriage / Family / Relationship
Keys had a low – profit relationship with her longtime friend and collaborator Kerry brothers jr. Until 2008. Keys later dated hip-hop artist -producer swizz beatz. Keys and beatz got married on July 31,2010 in a private ceremony near the Mediterranean sea. Keys has 2 sons, the First son “Egypt Daoud Dean “ was born in October 2010 and the second son “Genesis Ali Dean” was born in December 2014. Alicia Keys also has 3 step-children from beatz previous marriage.
Alicia Biography, Net Worth, Life History