Alicia Keys Facts

  • A true musical prodigy whose multi-dimensional gifts emerged at age five, the beautiful Alicia has taken modern R&B soul to a whole new level at the tender age of nineteen.
  • Accepted by Columbia University at age 16, but dropped out to pursue her music career.
  • Alicia and Bono, the frontman of the rock band U2, recorded a version of the Kate Bush/Peter Gabriel song 'Don't Give Up', made available on iTunes, with all proceeds going to provide African families that can't afford medical attention that are affected by HIV.
  • Alicia composed 'Dragon Days', a tune with a slightly sinister edge was written on her tour bus. She was half way through her tour, living out of her suitcase when the inspiration hit, and she played the chords on her cell phone, so she wouldn't forget them when she was back at her piano.
  • Alicia does charity work with the African organization 'Keep A Child Alive', a group that supports children in Africa that have AIDS, but no medication. She also goesto the orphanges in Africa, and spends time with the children herself.
  • Alicia has been nicknamed the youngest singer with the oldest soul by her fans as well as her contemporaries.
  • Alicia is notorious for never talking about her relationships, but she will divulge her plan to steer clear of marriage and children until she is at least thirty years old.
  • Alicia isn't content with stopping at movies and music, she is planning on releasing a book of her poetry, and she intends to write a fictionalized account of her childhood diary as well.
  • Alicia Keys is calling on her peers in the music industry to raise their voices to help millions suffering from AIDS in Africa (29th Nov 2004)
  • Alicia Keys's hit "Fallin'" was ranked #37 on VH1's 100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years.
  • Alicia wants to put together an incredible symphony, an orchestra, to bridge the musical gap between the young and old.
  • Alicia was chosen as one of People Magazine's annual 100 Most Beautiful People in the World, in May 2007.
  • Alicia was named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 2002.
  • Alicia was ranked #33 on VH1's 50 Greatest Women of the Video Era.
  • Alicia went to college at New York University.
  • Alicia wrote the song 'Diary' after having a deeply personal conversation with someone on the road. They traded secrets as if he was her diary and she were his for the moment. After the converstaion was over, she wrote the basis for the song in ten minutes.
  • Alicia's next award goal is to win an Oscar, so that her nine Grammy Awards don't get lonely. She appeared as an assassin alongside Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, and Jeremy Piven in Joe Carnahan's movie Smokin' Aces.
  • Alicia's production company is named Krucial Keys, named after the man she has been dating for years now, Kerry 'Krucial' Brothers.
  • Alicia's release of her debut album Songs In A Minor sold more than 50,000 copies on the first day.
  • Alicia's talent for singing was discovered when she was five years old, singing in her church choir. She went on to develop her talents as a choir major at Manhattan's Professional Performance Arts School.
  • Astrological Sign: Aquarius
  • At age 16, her outstanding grades allowed her to finish high school early.
  • Bad Habit: Cracking her neck
  • Beyonce Knowles, Alicia Keys and Missy Elliott will jointly play more than 20 arena concerts in March and April. (February 9, 2004)
  • Birth Date : January 25, 1981
  • Birth Name : Alicia Augello Cook
  • Birth Place : Manhattan, New York, USA
  • Ethnicity: Half African-American, half Italian
  • Fans keep calling her number, but only J.D. Turner, a Georgia man, picks up the phone, because he has the same phone number that Keys references in her love song, Diary. In the song, Keys sings, Oooo baby, if there's anything that you fear/ Come forth and call 489-4608 and I'll be here. (August 11, 2004)
  • Favorite Album: Songs In The Key Of Life by Stevie Wonder
  • Final negotiations are underway for a package trek featuring Beyonce Knowles, Missy Elliott and Alicia Keys. (January 23, 2004)
  • Has been added to the Feb. 8 Grammy Awards telecast. (January 30, 2004)
  • Has been added to the lineup of the 2004 Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, set for January 22 through January 24 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. (January 5, 2004)
  • Idols: Stevie Wonder, Maya Angelou
  • In January 2007, Alicia confessed to carrying a knife for protection when she was a teenager growing up in the tough New York neighbourhood, Hell's Kitchen.
  • In January 2007, Alicia revealed she was considering buying a gun for protection. Alicia had to learn to shoot in her movie Smokin' Aces and as a result she is now confident with handling a firearm.
  • Instruments: Piano, guitar
  • Keys and Sean Combs said Saturday the world knew too little about the devastating AIDS pandemic in Africa and promised to work daily to make the reality known -- in South Africa for an MTV concert Saturday that will be part of a World Aids Day television special targeting a global audience of up to two billion people, they said musicians had a special responsibility to talk to young people about HIV /AIDS. (November 25, 2002)
  • Keys's album 'Songs In A Minor' premiered Sunday on VH1 at 10 p.m. ET -- The special chronicled Keys's upbringing in New York City's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, and how she began to dance and study classical piano at the age of 5. (April 14, 2003)
  • Musical Influences: Chopin, Marvin Gaye, Mary J. Blige, Miles Davis, The Notorious B.I.G., Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Beethoven
  • Name : Alicia Keys
  • Named one of People Magazine's Breakthrough Stars of 2001.
  • Nationality : American
  • Nickname: Lellow
  • Releases her sophomore album, The Diary of Alicia Keys, Tuesday. (December 2, 2003)
  • Secret Talent: Swimming
  • She began working on her debut album Songs in A Minor when she was 14 years old.
  • She is good friends with fellow R&B singer Usher.
  • Some people celebrate their birthday with a cake, but Alicia Keys celebrated with a plaque recognizing 10 million in sales of her debut disc, Songs in A Minor -- though she turned 22 on Saturday, the crowd of well-wishers in a party hosted by her mentor, J Records founder Clive Davis, sang Happy Birthday to her Wednesday night as she received the plaque from Davis. (February 3, 2003)
  • Songs by Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, Mariah Carey are banned From 'American Idol' auditions this year. (January 23, 2004)
  • Vanity Fair covergirls Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez and Sheryl Crow engaged in all-out diva warfare in order to be best represented on the magazine -- each starlet brought their own hairdresser and make-up team. (October 17, 2002)
  • Was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine in 2002.
  • Will make her film debut in a Halle Berry-produced biopic about piano prodigy Philippa Schuyler. (May 14, 2004)
  • Would Like To Collaborate With: Lauryn Hill
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