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Alicia Keys

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Alicia Keys By: Roche'r McFarlane The Early Years Alicia Keys was born, Alicia Augello Cook on January 25, 1981 in New York, New York to a white mom and a black dad. When she was a child, she grew up in New York City’s “Hell’s Kitchen”, being raised by her mother, actress and paralegal, Terri Augello. As she aged, she had fallen in love with the black and white keys on a piano and her mother encouraged her to sign up to play.
When she started playing, Keys was enrolled to play the extremely disciplined Suzuki method of classical piano. Her musical talents were well-grounded in classical music, but she loved pop, hip-hop, and “the urban sound of the streets”. At ages twelve and thirteen, Keys and three other girls formed a group called Embish’n. Keys was the piano player and lead singer. At fourteen she wrote her very first professional song “Butterflyz” which later appeared on her debut album, 'Songs in A Minor'. She draws from many different inspirations such as, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone, Biggie Smalls, Tupac, Jay-Z, WuTang, and Mary J. Blige. The Early Years Cont. With Keys' excellent musical talents, she was chosen to attend
Manhattan's Professional Performing Arts School. "She excelled academically
and was allowed to graduate at the age of 16." She was being recognized for her musical talents all throughout her high school years and in 1998, she signed to Arista Records. Once high school was over, Keys was accepted into Columbia University on a full scholarship. After four years she dropped out to dedicate the rest of her life to music. Discography The head of Arista Records, Clive Davis, left to start J Records in 1999 and Keys left with him as well. She not only sings, but produces and writes her own material. When she went to J Records, she had the "freedom to complete her debut effort". Davis exposed Keys in television and small venue appearances before releasing her debut album. Once released, 'Songs in A Minor' went platinum five times. In 2002, Keys took home five Grammy Awards for Song of the Year, Best R&B Song, Best R&B Album, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, and Best New Artist. Her sophomore album 'The Diary of Alicia Keys' got her four Grammys in 2005. Her third album in 2005 was named 'Unplugged' since she did all of her songs acousticly. In 2007 she released 'As I Am' featuring songs No One, Superwoman, Like You'll Never See Me Again, and Teenage Love Affair. Her fourth album, 'The Element of Freedom' was released in 2009 feauturing songs Doesn't Mean Anything, Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart, Unthinkable (I'm Ready), and Empire State of Mind, Pt. 2. Her most recent album came out just last year, called 'Girl on Fire' featuring her hit single Girl on Fire, Brand New Me, and New Day. Filmography Motherhood Now Along with music, Keys has also had some acting roles. In 1985, she guest starred on an episode of 'The Cosby Show'. In 2007 she starred as Georgia Sykes in 'Smokin' Aces' and Lynette in 'The Nanny Diaries'. She also starred as June Boatwright in 2008's famous 'The Secret Life of Bees'. This year she narrated a film called 'Girl Rising'. Keys had done many more projects and probably has many more lined up in the months/years to come. In 2010, Keys married hip-hop recording artist and record producer, Kaseem Dean, better known as Swizz Beatz. They had there first child together (Keys' first, Swizz's fourth) Egypt Daoud Dean born July 7, 2011. Keys says, “Being a parent has made me more open, more connected to myself, more happy, and more creative.” Bibliography " Alicia Keys Biography - Facts, Birthday, Life Story - Biography.com ." Famous Biographies & TV Shows - Biography.com . N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2013. <http://www.biography.com/people/alicia-keys-9542485>.
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Brown, Terrell. Alicia Keys. Broomall, Pa.: Mason Crest Publishers, 2007. Print. Now Keys is on her 'Set the World on Fire' Tour with Miguel. Still being a mom, and a faithful wife. And also, expanding her legacy.
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