ALICIA KEYS BIOGRAPHY


This bright and accomplished performer was born January 25, 1981, in Manhattan, New York. Alicia began her career at the age of four with a role in the "Wizard of Oz". She is a true musical prodigy whose multi-dimensional gifts emerged at a very early age. Her wit and intelligence are almost too hard to perceive.

Alicia recognizes a number of influences, including her ultra supportive mother, who told her, "You can quit anything else but you can never give up on your piano lessons". Alicia also sites a teacher at the Professional Performance Arts School in Manhattan, who, while she was majoring in Choir, gave her valuable instruction on her voice. "This teacher spent so much time with me", Alicia recalls.

Alicia will take modern R&B soul to a whole new level of entertainment and ambition. Highly sought after by record labels, Alicia's celebrity talent has caused old-fashioned bidding wars in her honor. Completing high school at 16, she entered Columbia University, and continued her studies in music, writing and performing. In 1999, Alicia went to work with Cleve Davis at J Records and cut 'Songs in A Minor'. This release sent Alicia to the top of the charts and her star status was confirmed.

Alicia's soulful sound can be attributed to a variety of natural talents. She is a skilled songwriter, boasts years of expertise as a classically trained pianist, and possesses a powerful set of vocal cords. By combining these talents, she is destined to become a superstar.

To say that Keys is a female D'Angelo would do this star a disservice, as she's an original. Alicia confidently states, "I was born in Hell's Kitchen and spent a lot of time in Harlem and was exposed to a lot of different types of music, from Biggie to Nirvana to Miles Davis to Nina Simone and back to classical. I think it was inevitable that I would merge all of them in what I do now. Aretha Franklin and James Brown had real things to talk about and feel in their hearts and that's the kind of music that flows through. Clearly, at such a young age, a long and ground breaking career looms ahead of her. This is the real deal, a bona fide superstar. This bi-racial beauty has been blessed from above in more ways than one, Alicia is a good looking, talented, sexy woman.