Alicia Keys , born Alicia Augello-Cook on January 25, 1981 in the Harlem neighborhood of New York, is a pianist, singer, singer-songwriter, actress and producer US.
She grew up in the Hell's Kitchen area of New York's Manhattan neighborhood, and from the age of 7 was trained in classical music. Graduated at the age of 16 from the prestigious Manhattan> Performing Art School, she went on to study at Columbia University in New York, leaving shortly after to pursue her musical career with Columbia Records and then with J Records. (1999) under the tutelage of Clive Davis and her manager Jeff Robinson who spotted her when she was only 15 years old.
In 2001, she released her first album, Songs in A Minor , which was a huge worldwide success with the sale of more than 12 million copies and the five Grammy Awards in 2002. The young singer stands out as a world-renowned artist and one of the best R & B / Soul album sellers. His second album, The Diary of Alicia Keys , made in 2003, was also another international success with the sale of more than 8 million copies and the harvest of four Grammy Awards in 2005, the same year as the recording of his third album (first live album: unplugged ) which begins in > 1 to Billboard Top 200 and who is one of the best sellers of MTV Live acoustic sessions (en) . Alicia Keys becomes, thus, the first female artist to have realized the best selling of albums live, after Nirvana (1994).
Alicia Keys, appeared in TV series like the Cosby Show (1985) or Charmed (2002), gets his first movie role in Mi $ e at price ( Smokin 'Aces ) in 2006, and appears in Nanny Diaries (The Diary of a Babysitter) in 2007, in parallel with the release of his fourth album sold to more than six million of copies in the world, and awarded three Grammy Awards. The following year, the singer participates in the film The Secret Life of Bees , which earned her a NAACP nomination Image Awards, and a very good welcome from the specialized press. In December 2009, Alicia Keys, nicknamed "diva and rebellious artist of soul neo" , returns to the studio for the recording of her fifth album, which begins in > 2 in the Billboard Top 200>, and n> 1 in the British Billboard>. In late 2009, the singer ventured into the business world by collaborating with The Barber's Daughters jewelry line. Keys is also a co-founder and ambassador for Keep a Child Alive>, an association dedicated to providing treatment, care and support to children and their families living with AIDS and living in underdeveloped countries. emerging.