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She graduated as valedictorian from the Professional Performing Arts School in New York City when she was 16.
Columbia Records signed her out of high school, but refused to release the songs she wrote. 4 years later, industry legend Clive Davis, who had signed Santana, Whitney Houston, and Janis Joplin, signed her to his J Records and released her first album, Songs In A minor, which went to #1.
Many people found out about her when she made appearances on Oprah and Jay Leno's shows in 2001. Clive Davis wrote a personal letter to Oprah which helped get her on.
Her mother is Italian and her father is black. They grew up in a poor section of New York City.
Keys studied classical piano growing up. She wanted to quit when she was 11, but her mom wouldn't let her.
She writes and produces all her songs - something that makes her very marketable.
Her music combines elements of R&B, Hip Hop, Jazz, and Classical music. All of these styles influenced her when she was growing up.
Her birth name is Alicia Augello-Cook. Her mother is Italian and Irish, her father is African-American. Alicia Keys explanation on why she chose her stage name: "It's like the piano keys. And it can open so many doors." (thanks, Edward Pearce - Ashford, Kent, England)
Keys was featured in a 2006 episode of The Backyardigans, a popular children's animated show. She voiced a singing green alien from Mars who sits, and does many other things, on her "Boinga." (thanks, Carrie - Burlington, CT)
In 2004, she released a book of poems and song lyrics called Tears For Water. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Alicia Keys married record producer, DJ, rapper and painter Swizz Beatz (real name Kasseem Daoud Dean) on July 31, 2010. Their son is Keys' first and Beatz' fourth child (he has 3 children from previous marriage with R&B singer Mashonda Tifrere).
Keys has used the same method for years to keep her voice immaculate. "You melt a handful of gummy bears in hot water and something about the glycerin really clears your voice," she explained to Extra. "And it was amazing, my vocal coach told me it's like an ancient secret. Now I can eat gummy bears anytime I want!"
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.
Alicia Keys' first professional recording was a song titled "Dah Dee Dah (Sexy Thing)." It appeared on the soundtrack to the 1997 film, Men in Black, along with a track by another then unknown R&B act called Destiny's Child.

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Alicia Keys is a really good singer and I think she's the best.
- laura, las vegas, NV
Hey Alicia i would just like to say that i really love your hair and ur music. Keep on doing what u do.
- MeMe, Gallatin, TN
i love alicia keys is so pretty and she can sang not sing sang and she kills it on da piano and it is so easy to understand what she talks about in her songs she talks about things that gose on in life and u can relate to it. *ce-ce* dallas,tx
- ce-ce, fayetteville, AR
I love the way Alicia Keys sings and play the piano!
- Francine, Glendale, AZ
I really like her songs. My dad likes the way she sings also. She's another one of my favorite singers. She can play the piano really good, way better than anyone I know. She can play and sing really good together. Usually people can't play and sing. She's just talented. I can play at least two or three songs on the piano, they're really easy.
- katie, lansing, MI
Shes a bit too made up now, and her performances lack the early enthusiasm
- Mellissa, Wasaga Beach, Canada
I like Alicia keys because her words people can relate to like life. and her words are very inspirring. I dont know because my lil sis is to suppose to inspire me, but is really enjoying you.Everybody wants to be like you. so keep going for it.

-veronica
- veronica, illionis, United States
Alicia Keys is one of the cutest women i have seen.She embodies talent,beauty,intelligence and I hope that she will stay forever in the musicbusiness.Alicia needs the music and the music needs her.Im also a musician and i hope that i will meet her in the next time to make music with her or whatever!I love you baby!!Keep on beeing yourself.Thomas Zechner
- Thomas, Graz, Austria
I like Alicia Keys because her words are so strong and every lyric that she sings means alot to people because they make alot of sense and people can relate to what she says.
- A.D., Houston, TX
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