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Thursday, 29 October 2015

Alicia Keys

Alicia Augello Cook was born on January 25, 1981, in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, New York City, New York. She is known professionally as Alicia Keys.

Keys at the 2013 ARIA Music Awards.

She is the only child of Teresa Augello, a paralegal and part-time actress, and Craig Cook, a flight attendant. Her mother is of half Italian and half English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry, and her father is of African American ancestry.

Keys made her television debut at the age of four, guesting on the Cosby Show in a cameo role as a sleepover friend of daughter Rudy Huxtable.

She started songwriting at the age of 7 after friends of her mom gave away to them their 1930s upright piano.

She has been good friends with R&B singer Usher since the age of 14.

Keys graduated as valedictorian from the Professional Performing Arts School in New York City when she was 16.

She signed with Columbia Records right out of high school and was accepted into Columbia University at the same time. A month after signing with the label, Keys left college to focus on her musical career.

Keys was with Columbia Records for four years before she released an album. Her first single "Fallin'" went to #1 in the US.

Keys learnt to shoot a gun in the 2006 movie Smokin' Aces and is now a dab hand with a firearm. She played a lesbian assassin.

She played June Boatwright in the 2008 movie The Secret Life of Bees. Keys had to learn to play the cello in just four weeks for her role, which earned her a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture at the NAACP Image Awards.

Sources News of the WorldArtistfacts

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