Posted By: Ejaz Abbasi | January 29, 2019
Alicia Keys is a famous American singer and songwriter and also a Grammy Award winner. She is well recognized and best known for her debut album titled “Songs in a Minor.” The sold copies of this album were 12 million, and this huge success rose her to the heights of overnight fame. This was not only a financial success but also received much critical acclaim and earned some prestigious awards.
Her coming album also rocked the box office, and she became among one of the most favorite singers of contemporary America. She is a daughter of a part-time actress, and she exposed to showbiz from a very young age. Her mother advised and encouraged her to take singing and dancing classes. She enrolled in the Professional Performing Arts School when she was only 12 years old.
At the time of her graduation, she developed strong skills in songwriting and singing. She got a perfect talent of singing. Alicia released her debut album at the age of only 20 years old and this album was a big hit with millions of copies sold. She earned positive reviews not only from industry and public but also from critics. With the release of her subsequent albums, she proved that she was not a one-time wonder. Her subsequent albums were also huge hits and earned for her a lot of name, fame, and popularity.
After her establishment in the field of singing and songwriting, she turned towards television and movies. She appeared in movies including “Dove: Fresh Takes” and “Smokin’ Aces.” This article will provide you with a lot of information about this multi-talented lady. If you are a fan of her then just sit back and read this article to know everything about her.
Alicia Keys Childhood and Early Life:
Alicia Keys was born on 25th January 1981 AD in New York City, USA. Her birth name was Alicia Augello Cook; later it changed to Alicia Keys. Her father’s name is Craig Cook, and her mother’s name is Terria Joseph. Her father was a flight attendant by profession, and her mother was a part-time actress. The separation between her parents occurred when she was very young. She raised by her mother. Her mother encouraged and supported her to take dance and music lessons.
Alicia began learning piano when she was only years old. Later she was enrolled in the Professional Performing Arts School when she was only 12 years old. At the time of graduation, her age was 16 years. After graduation, she pursued a musical career and signed a contract with Columbia Records. In the meantime, she enrolled at Columbia University but she stopped that due to her music career.
Alicia Keys Career:
It was 2001 when she released her debut album titled “Songs in a Minor.” This album was a big hit at the box office. Immediately after its release, there was an air of sensation and went on to sell almost more than 6.3 million copies only in the USA and more than 12 million all over the world. This huge amount of sold copies made her an international singer. After that, she became an internationally popular singing star, and she is one of those singers who got their fame and recognition with their first album. After two years, in the year 2003, she released her second album titled “The Diary of Alicia Keys.”
This album was even a big hit. In the first week of its release, 620,000 copies sold, and it was debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard 200. After four years, she released her third album titled “As I Am” in the year 2007. This album again added to her fame, name, and popularity. This was also a huge hit and received critical acclaim. This album was also an international success and again debuted at no. 1 on the US Billboard 200 chart as the previous one. This album consisted of super hit singles such as “Another Way to Die” and “No One.”
Alicia Keys Movies:
After her huge success in the field of music, Alicia turned her attention towards movies and performed a lead role in the movie named “Smokin’ Aces” in the year 2006. In this movie, her co-stars included Ray Liotta, Andy Garcia, Jason Bateman, and Ben Affleck. She portrayed the role of a female contract killer namely Georgia Sykes in this movie.
She got a positive reception from the audience and the critics for this role. After that, she appeared in another movie named “The Secret Life of Bees” in the year 2008. This was basically a drama film and revolves around a 14 years old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. Alicia Keys performed the role of June Boatwright in this movie. This role again proved successful for her and earned positive reviews from the public and critics.
After success in movies, Alicia again turned her focus towards music and released another album titled “The Element of Freedom” in the year 2009. In her previous albums, she used classicist soul music, however on this album she did not use that. This album was characterized by a mid-tempo and features ballads mostly. Like her previous albums, this was also a huge success commercially as well as critically. In November 2012 she released another album titled “Girl on Fire.” This album contains mix songs of the conventional genre and piano ballads. These songs are mostly relevant to marriages occasions and motherhood. This album was a moderate success commercially as well as critically as compared to her previous albums.
Following are some best works by Alicia Keys, and all these are worth seeing:
Alicia Keys Awards and Achievements:
Throughout her career, she nominated many times for the prestigious awards. She won the following awards and nominations:
- Grammy Award for Song of the Year and the Best Female R & B Vocal Performance – 2002
- Grammy Award for the Best R & B Album and the Best R & B Song – 2005
- NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Female Artist and Outstanding Song – 2006
- Grammy Award for the Best R & B Album – 2014
Alicia Keys Personal Life:
As far as Alicia’s personal life is concerned, there is no information about her any affair and relationship. However, she married Swizz Beatz in July 2010. Swiss Beatz is a hip-hop producer. The couple got two children.
Alicia Keys Net Worth:
Alicia Keys has an estimated net worth of almost $130 million (estimated in 2016).
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