Singer, Songwriter, Record producer, pianist, actress and activist, Alicia keys stand out for her spectacular voice. She is often referred as “Queen of R&B” by various media outlets. VH1 included her on their 100 Greatest Artist of All Time.
|Profession||Actress, Singers, Tv Actress, Pianist|
|Net Worth||$70 Million USD|
|Real name||Alicia Augello Cook|
|Date of Birth||January 25, 1981 (37 Years)|
|Place of Birth||Manhattan, New York, US|
|Height||1.68m (5 foot 5 inches)|
|Ethnicity||African-American, Italian-Sicilian, English, Irish and Scottish|
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
|Hair Colour||Dark Brown|
Alicia Keys Family
|Mother||Terria Joseph aka Teresa Augello|
|Children||Egypt Daoud Dean (Son)
Genesis Ali Dean (Son)
Alicia Keys Personal Life
Keys is the only child of her mother Teresa Augello and one of the three children of her father Craig Cook. Craig Cook and Teresa Augello separated when Alicia was two years old; her father left. Teresa helped in inspiring the career of her daughter as she followed through her childhood.
Teresa knew what talent her daughter had so she sent Alicia to music and dance classes where she studied classical piano from age seven, playing composers such as Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin and later Alicia enrolled in the Professional Performing Arts School at the age of 12 where she majored in choir and began writing songs at the age of 14.
She graduated in from there as valedictorian at the age of 16. When Alicia Keys was in high school, she already caught the attention of record company executives and after she was signed with Arista Records in 1998. Alicia was accepted at Columbia University on a full scholarship, she dropped out to devote herself fully to music.
Alicia Keys Net Worth
The estimated net worth of Alicia Keys comes around $70M. In 2001, Alicia Keys was the best selling R&B artist as well as the best selling new artist and in 2002, she won five Grammy Awards including Song Of The Year and Best New Artist.
In November 2006, Alicia Keys performed a three-song set with legendary David Bowie at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York which turned out to be David Bowie’s last ever live performance.
Alicia Keys Marriage
The “No One” singer started dated rapper Swizz Beatz (Kasseem Dean) in 2008 and in May 2010, the couple announced their engagement while expecting their first child.
In July 2010, the couple got married in a private ceremony near the Mediterranean Sea and welcomed their first child in October naming Egypt Daoud Dean and in December 2014, they welcomed their second child Genesis Ali Dean. The couple lives in New Jersey.
Her son Egypt has been called a musical prodigy, at five years old he co-produced several tracks for Kendrick Lamar’s album Untitled Unmastered, notably “Untitled 07”.
Alicia Keys Brand Endorsements
The “Girl on Fire” singer Alicia Keys is the face of Perfumes Givenchy. She is also named as the brand ambassador of Levi’s Jeans for their updated women’s denim line.
Asking about the project, Alicia revealed that she was attracted to this project because of the brand’s overhaul which aims to make their jeans more comfortable and flattering to all body types.
She is an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
Alicia Keys’ take on Feminism and Makeup-Free Look
Alicia Keys is a pretty powerful woman and there is no doubt in the fact that she is insanely talented, warm and friendly. She decided to stop wearing makeup as a part of a journey towards empowerment for herself. She appeared on the 2018 Grammy Awards make-up free.
Writing on Lenny Letter, Alicia said that “women are brainwashed into feeling like we have to be skinny, or sexy or desirable or perfect. One of the many things I was tired of was the constant judgment of women.
The constant stereotyping through every medium that makes us feel like being a normal size is not normal, and heaven forbid if you’re plus size. Or the constant message that being sexy means being naked.”
Alicia Keys also revealed that initially she was worried that when she left her house she has to be on point because paps could take her picture and post it. All of these insecurities were superficial and on her mind. She let that go.
She also mentioned meeting a photographer Paola, who begged Alicia Keys to let her take some of her makeup-free pictures. Alicia was uncomfortable at first but the pictures made her feel more comfortable in her own skin. She decided to go make up free because she wants to feel comfortable in her own skin.
She credits her feminism to her “magnificent” mother, an actress who taught her to “care deeply and strongly about other women.” Her song “Girl on Fire” became a global anthem for felinity and she describes this experience of songwriting as “divine”.
Alicia Keys and The Voice
On March 25, 2016, Alicia Keys was announced as a new coach on Season 11 of The Voice. During the finale, She came in third place with team member We’ McDonald. In 2017, Alicia returned for the twelfth season of The Voice and won the competition with her artist Chris Blue.
She did not return for the thirteenth season of The Voice as she was working on her studio album. But for the fourteenth season, Alicia Keys returned for The Voice with veterans like Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and new coach Kelly Clarkson. She placed in the second position with her team member Britton Buchanan. She will not return for the fifteenth season of The Voice.
Alicia Keys Discography
In 1985, when Alicia was 4 years old, she made an appearance on the Cosby Show where she and a group of girls played the parts of Rudy Huxtable’s sleepover guests in the episode “Slumber Party”. After signing a deal with Arista Records in 1998 in high school and dropping out of Columbia University to focus on her music, Alicia released her debut album “Songs in A Minor” in 2001 with J Records.
The album featured her first Billboard Hot 100 number one single “Fallin” which sold over 12M copies and this album scored Alicia Keys 5 Grammy Awards in 2002.
Alicia’s second album “The Diary of Alicia Keys” was released in 2003 which had singles like “You Don’t Know My Name”, “If I Ain’t Got You”, “Diary”, which sold over 8M copies. Her song “My Boo” feat Usher scored her a second number-one single in 2004.
The second album scored her 4 Grammy Awards in 2005. She released her first live album “Unplugged” and became the first woman to have an MTV Unplugged album debut at number one.
Alicia Keys released her third album “As I Am”, in 2007 which earned her 3 Grammy Awards and her single “No One” sold 5M copies and still considered as one of her most popular tracks worldwide. Alicia Keys has in total 15 Grammy Awards and 17 NAACP Image Awards making her one of the best selling music artists in the world.
Alicia’s music is inspired by Nina Simone, Tupac, Miles Davis, Biggie Smalls, and Beethoven.
If I Ain’t Got You
Girl on Fire
Empire State of Mind
Alicia Keys Movies
Alicia Keys started her career with music and eventually turned to act with Tv series in the 90s. One of the most talented artists, she designed her acting career thoughtfully and made her debut film in the late 2000s with Ben Affleck.
She concentrated on her thriving musical career more but she took the opportunities that came her way to star in some interesting acting projects. Alicia Keys has played the duties of Judge and mentor for several talent music shows like The Voice of Germany, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Voice and The X factor Australia.
|The Secret Life of Bees||June Boatwright||2008|
|Smokin’ Aces||Georgia Sykes||2006|
|The Nanny Diaries||Lynette||2007|
|Jim and the Holograms||Herself||2015|
|Let me In||Zara (Producer as well)||2016|
Alicia Keys Social Media
Alicia Keys is one of those celebrities who use their social media handles for good causes. Alicia’s Twitter bio says “Passionate about my work, in love with my family and dedicated to spreading the light”.
She spreads light through her work with Keep a Child Alive organization in which she collaborated in South Africa by raising awareness and money to support the cure for HIV/AIDs and providing nutrition and basic care to its children.
Alicia keys have 13.5M followers on Instagram (@aliciakeys) and about 29.9M followers on twitter (@aliciakeys) and 2.9M Youtube subscribers.