She was born on
She first played a piano when she was seven. She
learned classical music of
Her debut album, Songs in A Minor, was
commercially successful. With it she won five
Keys graduated valedictorian from the
The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003)
The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003).After relentless touring, Alicia followed up her successful debut with The Diary of Alicia Keys, released in December 2003. The album was hailed by critics and debuted at #1 selling over 618,000 copies its first week of release in the United States. The Diary of Alicia Keys is currently 7 times platinum worldwide. "You Don't Know My Name" and the soulful "If I Ain't Got You" both became Top 5 hit singles, with the later "Karma" also receiving considerable attention.
At the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards Keys led Lenny Kravitz and Stevie Wonder in a stomping rave-up of Wonder's "Higher Ground". At the 2005 Grammy Awards, she gave a powerful performance of the album's second single, "If I Ain't Got You", and then joined Jamie Foxx and Quincy Jones in a stirring rendition of "Georgia On My Mind", the Hoagy Carmichael song made famous by the late Ray Charles. That night she went home with four Grammy Awards (Best R&B Album for The Diary of Alicia Keys; Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "If I Ain't Got You"; Best R&B Song for "You Don't Know My Name"; and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for "My Boo" with Usher).
MTV Unplugged (2005)
Keys performed and taped her installment of the " MTV Unplugged" series in July at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, which is due for a release on CD and DVD. During this live session, Keys added brand-new arrangements to her original songs such as "A Woman's Worth" and "Heartburn," and performed a few choice covers. Part of Keys' audience also included her guest performers, she collaborated with several top acts such as rappers Common and Mos Def for "Love It or Leave It Alone," reggae artist Damian Marley for "Welcome to Jam Rock" and Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine for a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses."
In addition to a cover of "Every Little Bit Hurts," previously performed by female greats like Aretha Franklin and Brenda Holloway, Keys also unveiled two new original songs: "Stolen Moments", which she co-wrote with soul legend Al Green, and "Unbreakable." Keys' "MTV Unplugged" album is due Oct. 11, 2005 via J Records.The set will be led by the new single "Unbreakable," which will impact U.S. radio outlets on Sept. 12.
Keys became an Honorary Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. on September 24, 2004.
Besides being a musician, she is a soon-to-be actress; Keys will play piano wunderkind Philippa Schuyler in an upcoming movie entitled Composition in Black and White. She also in talks play a ruthless assassin alongside Ben Affleck in a movie entitled Smokin Aces source.
In July 2005, Alicia keys was voted the second most powerful artist in the pop industry, she was pipped from the #1 position by fellow R&B star Usher in the Los Angeles Times 2005 Pop Power List, reports The Sun. The list was compiled by 21 industry bigwigs including producers Jermaine Dupri, Rick Rubin and rap mogul Russell Simmons.
The Top 10 included: 1. Usher 2. Alicia Keys 3. Coldplay 4. Eminem 5. Beyonce Knowles 6. Justin Timberlake 7. Outkast 8. 50 Cent 9. Kanye West 10. Dr Dre
Keys is dating producer Kerry "Crucial" Brothers.
2004: A Light Knight's Odyssey (2006) .... Jeanna
Choose Your Own Adventure: The Abominable Snowman (2005) .... Crista North
Fatwa (2005) .... Noa Goldman
The Pleasure Drivers (2005) .... Faruza
Dirty Deeds (2005) .... Meg
A New Wave (2005) .... Julie
The Brooke Ellison Story (2004) .... Brooke Ellison
Shadow of Fear (2004) .... Allison Henderson
Mean Girls (2004) .... Gretchen Wieners
Rugrats Go Wild! (
Daddy Day Care (
The Wild Thornberrys Movie (
The Scoundrel's Wife (
Balto II: Wolf Quest (
Hometown Legend (
Not Another Teen Movie (
The Wild Thornberrys: The Origin of Donnie (
An American Tail: The Treasure of Manhattan Island (
Family Guy (1999) TV Series (voice) .... Meg Griffin (1999-
An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster (1999) (voice) .... Tanya Mousekewitz
We Wish You a Merry Christmas (1999) (voice) .... Cindy
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998) (voice) .... Young Vitani
The Wild Thornberrys (1998) TV Series (voice) .... Eliza Thornberry/Additional Voices
Lost in Space (1998) .... Penny Robinson
Stories from My Childhood (1998) TV Series (voice) .... (segment "Last Petal")
Anastasia (1997) (singing voice) .... Young Anastasia
When Secrets Kill (1997) .... Jenny Newhall
Journey Beneath the Sea (1997) (voice) .... Merla
Babes in Toyland (1997) (voice) (as Esmeralda Belle Jané) .... Jill
Redux Riding Hood (1997) (voice) .... Little Red
Educating Mom (1996) .... Carly
Party of Five (1994) TV Series .... Claudia Salinger
Gypsy (1993) .... Baby June
Richard Scarry's Best Busy People Video Ever! (1993) (voice) (as Lacy Chabert)
Richard Scarry's Best Learning Songs Video Ever! (1993) (voice) (as Lacy Chabert)
A Little Piece of Heaven (1991) .... Princess, aka 'Hazal'
All My Children (1970) TV Series .... Bianca Montgomery #3 (1990)