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Transcript of Alicia Keys
* Alicia was born in Manhattan, New York City, on January 25, 1981.
* Her birth name was Alicia Augello Cook.
* She was the only child of Teresa Augello, her mother, and Craig Cook, her father.
* Alicia's mother, Teresa, is half Italian and half English, Irish, and Scottish.
* Keys' father, Craig, is African American.
* Alicia has always been comfortable with her biracial background because she feels that she can relate to different cultures.
Alicia's Early Years...
Alicia Embarks on Her Career as a Singer-songwriter...
~ Alicia first began her career at the age of four, when she appeared on "The Cosby Show."
** The Cosby Show: American television comedy.
Alicia has experienced many challenges throughout her life. However, many of here challenges have influenced her to work harder to become the inspirational person she is today.
Alicia attended The Professional Performance Arts School in Manhattan.
She excelled academically, and therefore, at age 16, Alicia was allowed to graduate high school.
At age 16, she was accepted into Columbia University on a full scholarship, however, she quit after attending school for only four weeks.
The Story of Her Life...
Alicia's School Years...
~ She truly became a recognized artist in 2001, when her album, "Songs in a Minor," was released.
~ Ever since she was a child, Alicia showed a great interest in music.
~ When she was seven, Alicia began playing the piano and learned classical pieces by composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, and Chopin ( All of which are her favorite. )
Alicia Embarks on Her Career as a Singer-songwriter Continued...
- Alicia began writing songs at age 14.
** Her first song was Butterflyz.
- In 1998, Alicia signed with Arista Records.
- In 1999, she transferred to Jay Records, leaving Arista Records behind.
** Alicia was the first artist to sign with Jay Records.
- In total, Alicia has won NINE Grammy Awards.
- Today, she not only sings, but also writes and produces her own music.
- Alicia is a popular R&B vocalist and pianist.
With the struggles in her life, she had some influences to keep her inspired when playing piano. Her main influences included classical composer Wolfgang Amadeous Mozart, Led Zepplin, Nina Simone, and Notorious B.I.G.
Another struggle Alicia Keys had was when she was with Columbia Records in the beginning of her career. They would constantly push her to become the new Britany Spears but she wanted her music to be from the soul. That is exactly why her music is so powerful, just like her song, Caged Bird. She left Columbia Records in a short time after, to start her courageous career in the music industry.
When she was young, her mom struggled to make a living after Alicia's father abandoned her and her mother. She has now reconnected with her dad. However, her mom made sure Alicia would learn how to play piano. Alicia began to play piano and realized she hated it. Her mom forced her to play and would not let her quit. Alicia accepted the fact that she had to play and eventually overcame the challenge of playing.
Keys met her future husband, Swizz Beatz, a record producer, when they wrote and produced “Million Dollar Bill” for Whitney Houston’s album, I Look to You.
Alicia married Swizz Beatz in 2010.
Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys had their son, Egypt Daoud Dean, on October 14, 2010.
** He was born at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital in New York.
Before coming up with the name "Alicia Keys," Alicia considered calling herself "Alicia Wild."
Alicia's Struggles Throughout Her Life
Caged Bird Lyrics
"Right now I feel like a bird
Caged without a key
Everyone comes to stare at me
With so much joy and revelry..."
Meaning: Shows how someone is being held back. Not being able to enjoy the happiness that others have.
"...They don't know how I feel inside
Through my smile I cry
They don't know what they're doing to me
Keeping me from flying..."
Meaning: Someone feels unimportant. Feels as though they have to hide their emotions. Being pulled down.
"...That's why I say that I know why the caged bid sings
Only joy comes from song
She's so rare and beautiful to others
Why not just set her free..."
Meaning: Someone can still find their joy and meaning, despite how things may seem. They are unique from others.
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"...Spreading her wings and her song
Fly, fly, fly
For the whole world to see
She's like a caged bird..."
Meaning: Shows how someone can persevere and spread their wisdom to others. To help spread their joy to those who need it.
Interview Q & A...
Q: What inspires you?
A: First and foremost, my family, my husband and our son,
Q: What was a life lesson that you learned from?
A: I was more closed off in every way. I thought I was protecting myself; instead, I was robbing myself of all I could learn and experience.
Q: Do you meditate or do yoga?
A: I try to do both. Both are beautiful ways of centering
myself in a world that is filled with multitasking.
Q: You inspire so many people. How do you
recharge your own spirit?
A: Quiet moments recharge me. Writing in my journal
keeps me focused on my spirit and what I need or feel.
Q: What do you do with emotional pain?
A: I’ve always expressed myself best through writing. I’ve
gotten out all of my deepest feelings that way for as long
as I can remember.