Alicia Keys, by birth nameAlicia J. Augello-Cook(* 25, January 1981, Manhattan, New York, USA) is an American singer R & B and soul, composer, pianist, producer, philanthropist and casual actress and writer. Alicia is a renowned artist who sold 28 of millions of albums and singles and won many awards - fourteen Grammy Awards, eleven Billboard Music Awards and three American Music Awards.
She was born Irish-Italian mother Terri Augello and Jamaican father Craig Cook in New York, Manhattan. Terri was an actress and helper in a law firm, so she grew up in a poor environment in so-called Hell's Kitchen in a one-room apartment. In 1985, with several other girls, she was given the opportunity to play a small role in one part of the seriesThe Cosby Show. At the age of seven, she began playing the piano and played the classics of Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and her favorite Frédéric Chopin. At fourteen she wrote her first song "Butterflyz", which she later recorded on her debut album. Her parents broke up when she was still small, so only her mother was educated to support her in developing her musical talent. In 2005, the press reported that she had tried to reconcile her father.But she denied this and said her words were wrong.
At the age of sixteen she graduated from the "Professional Performing Arts School", and despite being admitted to Columbia University with a scholarship, she decided she would prefer her musical career. She signed a demo deal with Jermaine Duprim and his record label So So Def. She wrote and recorded the song "Dah Dee Dah (Sexy Thing)", which appeared on the soundtrack for the film "Men in Black". This was her first professional recording, but never released as a single and her contract quickly ended. Later, she met Cliff Davis, who signed her contract with Arista Records, but later transferred to his own recording company, J Records. She recorded the songs "Rock wit U" and "Rear View Mirror", which appeared on the soundtrack for "Shaft" and "Dr. Dolittle 2 ". Alicia then released her debut album in 2001Songs in A Minor.
Songs in A Minor (2001)
This album was sold more than 5 2001 on the first day of its sale (50 June 000), in the first week over 235 000 pieces and worldwide more than 12 million pieces. It has ensured its popularity both in the US and beyond. In his native land, he became the best-selling newcomer to 2001 (as well as the best-selling R & B artist). The first single "Fallin '" was six weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100 hit chart. At "America: A Tribute To Heroes," which was a benefit concert organized for 11 events. September 2001, Alicia performed with Donny Hathaway's song "Someday We'll All Be Free". The other single, "A Woman's Worth," came to the US top 10. Alicia received five Grammy Awards in 2002, including the Best Newcomer Award and the Song of the Year (Fallin 'Song). 22. October 2002 released an albumRemixed & Unplugged in A Minor, reeditions whiteSongs in A Minor, on which were eight remixes and seven unplugged versions of Alicia's debut.
Critics talked about the album in a positive way. Alicia was able to combine the sound of 70. such as Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, and new hip-hop sounds such as Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu and D'Angelo.
The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003)
She has released an album as anotherThe Diary of Alicia Keyspublished by 2. December 2003. The album was criticized and was the first in the US. In the first week of sale, it sold it over 618 000 pieces, which is the sixth highest selling rate for the artist and the second highest seller in the R & B artist. So far, 9 has sold it to millions. Singles "You Do not Know My Name" and "If I'm Not Got You" got into the top5 and single "Diary" in top10. The single "Karma" only made it to the twentieth place, but in the "Top 40 Mainstream" charts, it was up to 3. place. The single "If I'm Not Got You" became the first to remain in the chartsBillboard Hot R & B / Hip-Hop Songsmore than a year, surpassing the song "Your Child" by Mary J. Blige. Alicia became 2004's best-selling R & B artist.
At the "MTV Video Music Awards 2004", she won the Best R & B video award ("I'm Not Got You") and won the same prize a year later for the "Karma" clip. At Grammy Awards, 2005 performed with the song "If I Was Not Got You," and joined Jamie Foxx and Quincy Jones, singing the song "Georgia on My Mind," famed by Ray Charles. That evening, Alicia won four awards for the best R & B album, best singer performance (for "If I Do not Got You"), Best R & B Song ("You Do not Know My Name") and Best Singer R & the song "My Boo," which she sings with Usher. The prizes she was nominated for but did not get them were the album of the year, If I Is not Got You.
14. 2005 played at MTV Unplugged in Brooklyn Academy of Music. During this performance she played her songs, which she gave her a different touch, and she also sang several covers. Among the audience there were artists who performed with her at this concert. They were Rapper Common, Mos Def, Damian Marley and Maroon 5 vocalist Adam Levine (with whom she sang the song "The Rolling Stones" Wild Horses).
She also sang the song "Every Little Bit Hurts," which was once singed by Aretha Franklin or Brenda Holloway. She also released her brand new songs: "Stolen Moments," which she wrote with producer Lamont Green and "Unbreakable," which was on 4. place in the chartsBillboardR & B / Hip-Hop, and on the thirty-fourth spot of Billboard Hot 100. In the chartsBillboardAdult R & B Airplay even held eleven weeks in the first place. The whole concert was released by 11. October 2005 both on CD and DVD and was named simplyUnplugged. In the chartsBillboard200 ranked first and 196 000 was sold in the first week of sale. Meanwhile, a million pieces have been sold to him in the US. Her unplugged concert was the most successful concert of MTV Unplugged since Nirvana. She has received four Grammy nominations - best female singer R & B performance (for Unbreakable), best singer performance - traditional R & B (for If I Was Your Woman), best R & B song (Unbreakable) and best R & B album.
The Element of Freedom (2009)
The fourth studio album The Element of Freedom was released in December 2009. The album was second in the US Billboard 200 chart and sold 417 a thousand copies for the first week of sale. This album was also the first to be at the top of the British album chart.
She finished filming, including Ben Affleck, Ray Liotta, Common, Andy Garcia, Jeremy Piven and Ryan Reynolds,Smokin 'Aces. The 26 appeared in the cinemas. January 2007. It's played by the murderer Georgie Sykes. Her colleagues praised her, Ryan Reynolds said she had natural acting and was surprised she had never played in movies before.
In addition, she finished her second filmThe Nanny Diariesalongside Scarlett Johansson. Her best friend was in the movie.
With his long-term manager Jeff Robinson, he signed a film deal that will be reworking the movie "Bell, Book and Candle" from 1958. There will be a witch in it.Together with Robinson he also founded the television production company "Big Pita".Their first project will be a series based on Alicia's memories of childhood as a mulatka growing up in New York City.
In the movieComposition in Black and Whitewill play a girl who is very gifted for playing the piano.It is a film based on the biography of Philippe Schuyler.
He is also actively engaged in charity. She is a spokesman for the Keep and Child Alive, a nonprofit organization that provides medicines to African families who are affected by AIDS. Alicia, along with the U2 Bono singer, recorded cover-up of the song "Do not Give Up" (originally from Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush) on the occasion of World AIDS Day in 2006. Coververze, however, got a slightly different name and "Do not Give Up (Africa)". Alicia and Bono wanted to point out that Africa alone has twenty-five million people affected by AIDS, and forty million people worldwide.
She has visited countries such as Uganda, Kenya and South Africa to support the care of children with AIDS. As an ambassador and co-founder of the Keep A Child Alive. He has also become a spokesman for the Frum tha Ground Up charity, which inspires and supports young Americans to achieve success in all aspects. Alicia also participated in various humanitarian events in 2005. In July, she performed in Philadelphia at Live 8 worldwide concerts. The mission of these concerts was to warn of worsening poverty in African countries and to force G8 representatives to forgive African debts. In August, 2005 performed on a benefit showReAct Now: Music & Relief, which broadcast the music stations. The aim was to raise money for the damaged hurricane Katrina. A month later, she went on a similar benefit concertShelter from the Storm: Concert for the Gulf Coast. In July, 2007 even sang at Live Earth in New Jersey.