Alicia Keys Biography

(Singer, Actress)

Birthday: January 25, 1981 (Aquarius)

Born In: Hell's Kitchen, New York, United States

Alicia Keys is a ‘Grammy’ award-winning American singer who rose to fame with her debut album ‘Songs in A Minor’ which sold over 12 million copies and established her as an overnight sensation. Not only was her debut album a huge commercial success, it also received much critical acclaim and won her several prestigious awards. Her success continued with the release of her subsequent albums and she became one of contemporary America’s most favorite singers. Born as the daughter of a part-time actress, she was exposed to the show business from a young age and was encouraged by her mother to take music and dance lessons. She was just 12 when she enrolled in the ‘Professional Performing Arts School.’ By the time she graduated, she had developed strong songwriting skills in addition to her singing talent. At the age of 20, she released her debut album which became a hit, selling millions of copies and earning positive reviews from the critics. Her subsequent albums performed well, proving to everyone that she was not a one-time wonder. Eventually, she ventured into television and films and has appeared in movies, such as ‘Smokin' Aces’ and ‘Dove: Fresh Takes.’

Quick Facts

Nick Name: Lellow

Also Known As: Alicia Augello Cook

Age: 43 Years, 43 Year Old Females


Spouse/Ex-: Swizz Beatz (m. 2010)

father: Craig Cook

mother: Terria Joseph

siblings: Cole Cook

children: Egypt Daoud Dean, Genesis Ali Dean

Born Country: United States

African Americans African American Women

Ancestry: Jamaican American, Irish American, Italian American

Personality: INFP

U.S. State: New Yorkers

Founder/Co-Founder: KrucialKeys Enterprises, Keep a Child Alive

More Facts

education: Columbia University

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    What is Alicia Keys known for?

    Alicia Keys is known for being a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and pianist known for hits like "Fallin'" and "No One."

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    How many albums has Alicia Keys released?

    Alicia Keys has released a total of nine studio albums in her career.

  • 3

    What other ventures is Alicia Keys involved in?

    In addition to her music career, Alicia Keys is also known for her involvement in philanthropy, acting, and as a coach on the television show "The Voice."

  • 4

    What is Alicia Keys' vocal range?

    Alicia Keys is known for her impressive vocal range, which spans from contralto to mezzo-soprano.

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    Has Alicia Keys written songs for other artists?

    Yes, Alicia Keys is a talented songwriter and has written songs for various artists, including Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera, and Jennifer Hudson.

Childhood & Early Life
Alicia Keys was born Alicia Augello Cook on January 25, 1981, in New York City, USA, to Teresa and Craig Cook. Her mother was a part-time actress, while her father was a flight attendant. She is of biracial heritage. Her parents separated when she was quite young and was primarily raised by her mother.
Her mother ensured that young Alicia received dance and music lessons. She started learning classical piano when she was seven. She was enrolled at the ‘Professional Performing Arts School’ at the age of 12.
She graduated as valedictorian at the age of 16. Following her graduation, she became serious about her musical career and signed a recording contract with ‘Columbia Records.’ Around the same time, she was accepted into ‘Columbia University.’ However, she dropped out of college after a month to pursue her music career.
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In 2001, she released her first studio album ‘Songs in A Minor.’ The album caused a sensation soon after its release. It went on to sell over 6.2 million copies in the United States and 12 million copies worldwide, making her an internationally acclaimed singing star.
Her much anticipated second album ‘The Diary of Alicia Keys’ was out in 2003. The album debuted at No. 1 on ‘Billboard 200,’ and sold over 618,000 copies in its first week of release.
Her next album ‘As I Am’ came out in 2007. This album too proved to be a phenomenal success. The album debuted at No. 1 on the ‘US Billboard 200’ chart and became a commercial success worldwide. It spawned super hit singles, ‘No One’ and ‘Another Way to Die.’
She also ventured into films and had a starring role in the 2006 movie ‘Smokin' Aces.’ The movie also starred Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, Andy García, and Ray Liotta. She played the role of ‘Georgia Sykes,’ a female contract killer.
Alicia Keys played the role of ‘June Boatwright’ in the 2008 drama film ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ which is based on the story of a 14-year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother.
In 2009, she released the album ‘The Element of Freedom.’ Characterized by a mid-tempo, low-key sound, the album featured mostly ballads. It was a commercial success and received positive reviews from critics.
Her album ‘Girl on Fire’ was out in November 2012. It was a mixture of conventional songs and piano ballads, with occasional references to marriage and motherhood. Even though the album was a moderate success, its commercial performance was pale in comparison to the earlier albums.
Alicia’s sixth studio album ‘Here’ released in November 2016. The album was a critical success and debuted at number two on the ‘US Billboard 200.’ It explored the social struggles of African-Americans.
She announced her upcoming seventh studio album in May 2017. In 2019, she released two singles titled ‘Show Me Love’ and ‘Time Machine’ from the album. The following year, she released another single titled ‘Underdog.’
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She appeared as a coach for three seasons in the American singing TV reality show ‘The Voice.’ She also hosted the 61st ‘Annual Grammy Awards.’
Major Works

Alicia Keys' debut album ‘Songs in A Minor’ catapulted her to overnight stardom and established her as a rising superstar in the musical industry. The album debuted at No. 1 on the ‘Billboard 200’ chart, and sold over 236,000 copies in its first week. It also won her several awards and accolades.

Awards & Achievements

In 2002, Alicia Key�won ‘Grammy Awards’ for ‘Song of the Year’ (Fallin), ‘Best R&B Song’ (Fallin), ‘Best R&B Album’ (Songs in A Minor), ‘Best Female R&B Vocal Performance’ (Fallin), and ‘Best New Artist.’

In 2005, she won four ‘Grammy Awards,’ including the ‘Best R&B Album’ for ‘The Diary of Alicia Keys’ and ‘Best R&B Song’ for ‘You Don't Know My Name.’

In 2006, she won three ‘NAACP Image Awards,’ including ‘Outstanding Female Artist’ and ‘Outstanding Song’ for ‘Unbreakable.’

In 2014, she received the ‘Grammy Award’ for ‘Best R&B Album’ for ‘Girl on Fire.’

Personal Life & Legacy

Alicia Keys married hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz in July 2010. The couple has two children; a son named Egypt (born in October 2010) and another son named Genesis (born in December 2014).

Facts About Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys is a talented pianist and can play classical music as well as contemporary hits by ear.

She is a philanthropist and co-founded the organization Keep a Child Alive, which provides treatment and support to children and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India.

Alicia Keys is a New York Times bestselling author, having released a memoir titled "More Myself: A Journey" in 2020.

She is a dedicated advocate for social justice issues, using her platform to raise awareness about racial equality and women's empowerment.

Alicia Keys Movies

1. The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete (2013)


2. The Secret Life of Bees (2008)


3. Smokin' Aces (2006)

  (Crime, Drama, Action, Thriller)

4. The Nanny Diaries (2007)

  (Comedy, Drama, Romance)

5. Jem and the Holograms (2015)

  (Music, Drama, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance)


Grammy Awards
2014 Best R&B Album Winner
2011 Best Rap/Sung Collaboration Winner
2011 Best Rap Song Winner
2009 Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Winner
2008 Best R&B Song Winner
2008 Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Winner
2005 Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group Winner
2005 Best R&B Song Winner
2005 Best R&B Album Winner
2005 Best R&B Vocal Performance - Female Winner
2005 Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Winner
2002 Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Winner
2002 Best R&B Song Winner
2002 Best R&B Album Winner
2002 Song of the Year Winner
2002 Best New Artist Winner
MTV Video Music Awards
2005 Best R&B Video Alicia Keys: Karma (2004)
2004 Best R&B Video Alicia Keys: If I Ain't Got You (2004)
2001 Best New Artist in a Video Alicia Keys: Fallin' (2001)
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