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What does it mean to be the owner of everything you do? Well, if you’re a singer, songwriter, pianist extraordinaire, producer, author, news correspondent, award winner, philanthropist, and soon to be actress it means you’re probably pretty wealthy. But for Alicia Keys, being wealthy has little to do with money. For Alicia wealth is measured in self fulfillment, enjoyment, passion and love of creation. Alicia Keys is the kind of person who looks at her work as an expression of
Born and bred in the heart of New York, her talent was evident early with study at the Professional Performance Arts School in Manhattan. There she received classical piano training and studied Beethoven, Mozart, and Chopin as well as the jazz stylings of Oscar Peterson, Fats Waller and Marian McPartland with her teacher Margaret Pine. Alicia finished high school by the age of 16. She attended Columbia University before deciding to make music her primary focus. Growing up Alicia was strongly influenced by music from all different generations and disciplines, from the essential music of Nina Simone, Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder to urban lyricists such as Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z and the Wu-Tang Clan.
With her unmistakable blend of soul, hip-hop, jazz and classical music, Alicia burst onto the music scene in June 2001 with her debut release Songs In A Minor on Clive Davis’ J Records. Songs In A Minor debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 Chart selling over 235,000 copies in its first week. The album went on to sell more than 10 million units worldwide symbolizing the international impact she has as an artist. Jeff Robinson, President of MBK Entertainment and Clive Davis, Chairman and CEO of BMG North America, have served as one two of Alicia’s mentors and together they have formed a formidable friendship and powerhouse musical team.
Throughout her career Alicia has acquired the title of award winner. She has won nine Grammy Awards, eleven Billboard Music Awards, three American Music Awards, three World Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, two MTV Europe Awards, three NAACP Awards, two Nickelodeon Teen Choice Awards, one BET Award, six Soul Train Music Awards, one Soul Train Lady of Soul Award, one People’s Choice Award, and one My VH1 Award. 2005 was huge for Alicia in which she acquired two more glorious titles for ownership. She released her very first published work called TEARS FOR WATER: Songbook of Poems & Lyrics by Alicia Keys. This deep rooted personal collaboration of Alicia’s inner most thoughts
Alicia is an artist who sees her work as a continuous, ongoing journey rather then a piecemeal of events flowing into one another. She remarks about her work, “My music doesn’t have a beginning or end. It’s continuous. I didn’t stop writing after the first album came out and everything I wrote since came from the experiences in my life, of being on the road, traveling, and dealing with different situations. Once I got to the studio, I began to let those things out of me. By the time I did start thinking about how I wanted the new album to be, I had so many
Awards & Accolades
Alicia has won nine Grammy Awards, eleven Billboard Music Awards, three American Music Awards, three World Music Awards, two MTV Video Music Awards, two MTV Europe Awards, three NAACP Awards, two Nickelodeon Teen Choice Awards, one BET Award, six Soul Train Music Awards, one Soul Train Lady of Soul Award, one People’s Choice Award, and one My VH1 Award
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