Alicia Augello Cook, well known through her stage name Alicia Keys, an American soul singer-songwriter, R&B, actress, cellist and pianist was born on 25th January, 1981 in a Hell's Kitchen area of Manhattan, in New York City.
Attended the Professional Performing Arts School and completed her graduation at the age of sixteen. Later Alicia Keys attended the Columbia University before dropping out to pursue her music career. Alicia Keys unconfined her unveiling album with J Records. First Alicia Keys had preceding record deals with Columbia and Arista Records.
Alicia Keys debut album, Songs in A Minor, got a commercial achievement, selling above 11 million copies global. And Alicia’s album saved 5 Grammy Awards in 2002, comprised Song of the Year for "Fallin'" and Best New Artist. And her 2nd studio album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, was unconfined in 2003 and was another success global, selling 9 million copies and acquired Alicia four Grammy Awards in 2005. In Year 2005 unplugged hit released, 3rd studio album Keys released in 2007. As I Am, which sold almost 4 million, copies in United States.
Alicia first emerged on TV in 1985, at where Alicia Keys and the team of other girls played the part of Rudy Huxtable's sleepover guests in the episode of The Cosby Show called "Slumber Party". Throughout the early 2000s, Alicia Keys made undersized cameos in such TV series as American Dreams and Charmed. . In the October 2006, Alicia Keys played the tone of Mommy Martian in the "Mission to Mars" episode of the children's television serial. The Backyardigans, in which Alicia Keys sang an original song, "Almost Everything Is Boinga Here". Alicia Keys guest starred in "One Man Is an Island" episode of the drama series Cane.
Alicia Keys made her movie debut in 2007 in a crime movie Smokin' Aces, co-starring as a killer named Georgia Sykes opposed Ben Affleck, Common, Taraji P. Henson, Ryan Reynolds, Andy Garcia, Jeremy Piven and Ray Liotta. Alicia Keys achieved much admiration from her co-stars in the movie; Ryan stated that Alicia Keys was "so natural" and Alicia Keys would "blow everybody away". At the same year, Alicia Keys saved further praise for her 2nd movie, The Nanny Diaries, based on 2002 novel of the same name through Nicola Kraus and Emma McLaughlin. Alicia Keys co-stars along with Chris Evans, Laura Linney, Paul Gia matti and Scarlet Johansson. Alicia starred in The Secret Life of Bees, a movie version of Sue Monk Kidd's applauded 2003 bestseller story of the same name along with Queen Latifah, and Jennifer Hudson unconfined on 17th October, 2008 through Fox Searchlight.
Alicia Keys will play 1940s biracial piano child sensation Philippa Schuyler in a forthcoming movie titled Composition in Black and White.
Alicia Keys and manager Jeff Robinson signed a movie production contract to develop animated and live-action projects with Disney. And their first movie will be remake of 1958 humor Bell, Book and Candle and also will star Alicia Keys as a witch who directs a love curse to entice a rival's fiancé. Alicia Keys and Robinson made a TV production company named Big Pita. Alicia will be a managerial producer of series. Alicia Keys has achieved a draft commitment from a network. Alicia Keys and Robinson will develop animated and live-action schemes from their corporation, Big Pita and Little Pita, with Alicia Keys as thespian, producer, banner leading soundtrack and music supervision.
Alicia Keys made a TV appearance on The Cosby Show in 1985. And in early 2000s, Alicia made minor cameos in TV series and played a tone in the episode of The Backyardigans. Alicia Keys made her primary movie debut in the Smokin' Aces (2007) and went on to emerge in the movies The Nanny Diaries (2007) and The Secret Life of Bees (2008).
Alicia Keys has sold above 30 million albums international and Alicia Keys has achieved various awards, comprised five American Music Awards, seventeen Billboard Music Awards, and eleven Grammy Awards and was counted in Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists at number 80.
Alicia Keys is a Global Ambassador and co-founder of Keep a Child Alive, a non-profit association that provides medication to families with AIDS and HIV in Africa. Alicia Keys and the U2 lead vocalist Bono recorded the cover edition of Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel’s "Don't Give Up", in gratitude of World AIDS Day 2005. Alicia Keys had stayed African countries such as South Africa, Kenya and Uganda to promote concern for kids affected through AIDS. Her job in Africa was recognized in the documentary Alicia in Africa: Journey to the Motherland and it was accessible in April 2008.
Alicia Keys has contributed to Frum tha Ground Up, a non-profit association that supports kids and teenagers with scholarships. Alicia Keys presented in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as a part of worldwide Live 8 concert to raise alertness of poverty in Africa and demands the G8 leaders to take action. And in the year of 2005, Alicia performed on the Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast, and ReAct Now: Music & Relief, 2 assistance programs that elevated money for those involved through Hurricane Katrina. On 7th July, 2007, Alicia and Keith Urban gave their presentation in The Rolling Stones' 1969 song "Gimme Shelter" at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey at an American leg of Live Earth concerts.
Alicia Keys is an amateur member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Organization, Incorporated.
In Blender magazine, Alicia Keys alleged stated "'Gangsta rap' was a strategy to convince black natives to kill each other, 'gangsta rap' didn't exist" and continued to state that it was formed through "the government". And the magazine claimed that Alicia Keys has stated "Tupac and Biggie were essentially assassinated, their beefs stoked by the government and the media, to stop another great black leader from existing." Later Alicia Keys wrote a report illuminating the issues and stating her language were misinterpreted.
In July, 2008, Alicia Keys was criticized through anti-smoking campaigners after billboard posters for her upcoming shows in Indonesia featured a symbol for A Mild cigarette brand sponsored through tobacco firm Philip Morris. Alicia Keys expressed regret after discovering a show was sponsored through the firm and asked for "corrective actions". Later, the corporation withdrew their backing.
For the period of her career, Alicia Keys has been alleged to be lovingly occupied with Kerry Brothers, Jr.; second times, Alicia Keys has been revealed as lesbian. And in report, Alicia stated, "I will never come clean on my private life. I don't think anybody deserves to know, except myself and the person that I love and the people that I love.” At the age of 30, Alicia Keys uttered her feeling to begin a family: "I want to give myself the opportunity to grow as a woman and as someone creative.”
After the death of her grandmother, her family members were greatly needy on her. Alicia Keys felt that Alicia Keys needed to "escape" and continued to Egypt for 3 weeks. Alicia Keys explained: "That trip was definitely the most crucial thing I've ever done for myself in my life to date. It was a very difficult time that I was dealing with, and it just came to the point where I really needed to—basically, I just needed to run away, honestly. And I needed to get as far away as possible." Alicia Keys called her experience “the most crucial thing I've ever done for myself.”
|2007||Smokin' Aces||Georgia Sykes|
|The Nanny Diaries||Lynette|
|2008||The Secret Life of Bees||June Boatwright|
|1985||The Cosby Show||Maria||"Slumber Party" (season 1, episode 22)|
|2003||American Dreams||Fontella Bass||"Rescue Me" (season 2, episode 6)|
|2005||Sesame Street||Herself||Season 36|
|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)|
|Elmo's Christmas Countdown||Herself||Christmas television special|
|2008||Dove "Fresh Takes"||Alex||Starred in all five episodes|