Alicia Keys is an American singer, songwriter and acttress who catapulted to prominence after her debut album, ‘Songs in A Minor,’ sold over 12 million copies and made her an instant celebrity.
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Alicia Keys Biography
Alicia Augello Cook, popularly known as Alicia Keys was born on January 25, 1981 in in New York City, USA. She was born to Teresa Cook and Craig Cook. Her mother, Teresa Cook was a part-time actress, while her father, Craig Cook was a flight attendant.
Alicia’s father abandoned her when she was two years old, and she was raised by her mother in Hell’s Kitchen during her formative years. She began studying classical piano at the age of seven. At the age of 12, she enrolled in the ‘Professional Performing Arts School.’
At the age of 16, she graduated as valedictorian. She became serious about her musical career after graduation and signed a recording contract with ‘Columbia Records.’ She was also accepted into Columbia University. After a month, she dropped out of college to pursue her music career.
Alicia Keys Career
Manager Jeff Robinson met 13-year-old Keys through his brother’s youth program, Teens in Motion, in 1994. However, Robinson and Edge assisted Alicia in putting together demos of her own songs and setting up shows for label executives.
Alicia released her first studio album ‘Songs in A Minor’ in 2001. Soon after its debut, the record became a huge hit. It went on to sell more than 6.2 million copies in the United States and 12 million copies globally, propelling her to stardom on a global scale.
She has tried her hand at acting, starring in the 2006 film ‘Smokin’ Aces.’ She also played the role of ‘June Boatwright’ in the 2008 drama film ‘The Secret Life of Bees’. She also hosted the 61st ‘Annual Grammy Awards.’
Alicia Keys Net Worth
Alicia has an extimated net worth of $150 million as a singer, songwriter, and actress.