Alicia Keys - talented American singer and a real clever. Great voice, catchy repertoire and the bright and eccentric appearance - that's what distinguishes our current heroine from other representatives of the world stage. This we know Alicia Keys today. But what keeps the secrets of her past? Which way was this talented woman to the heights of popularity, and how to develop her career? All this you will learn from our today's article. Stay with us. It will be interesting.

CHILDHOOD AND FAMILY
The future star of the world stage came into being in the bustling and diverse New York, and more specifically in Harlem, in one of its poorest regions. Her mother is Irish, Italian and Scottish roots. My father was an ethnic black. Furthermore, to say something more concrete about it is difficult. When the future singer was only five years old, her father left the family and never appeared.

Despite all the complexity and difficulties associated with the surrounding poverty and constant lack of money Alicia Keys always went his own way and clearly she knew what she wanted to achieve in life. Among many of his peers, who from an early age were involved in the drug trade and other illegal employment, she was always the black sheep. But this has never been shy. At an early age at the urging of her mother, she began to attend the Performance Arts School of Manhattan, where she started to learn the basics of playing the piano. This activity gave her great pleasure. Alicia was a student. It valued the teacher, and at some point it became a real pride of the school. It is well played keyboards and sang in the local choir, and even composing his own tunes. According to some reports the composition Butterflyz, which became later on the album «Songs in a Minor», was written by a woman in the age of fourteen. Thus, thanks to the music, and his bright talent Alisha managed to escape from the surrounding gray reality and get to the light. After school, she was admitted to the prestigious Columbia University, but left it after only four weeks. During this period, Alicia Keys with his head went to work and began to build a career as a successful pop singer.

Star Trek
His first professional contract signed with Alicia producer Jermaine Dupri, and behind it the label So So Def (who at that time was a division of Columbia Records). The result of the joint collaboration was the song «Dah Dee Dah», that is, in fact, the young singer paved the way to the professional stage. In 1997, this song became the opening theme of the sensational blockbuster "Men in Black" and instantly became a hit in Canada and the United States.

Another important success in the career of the singer became acquainted with producer Clive Davis, who invited Alicia to record her first solo album. In addition, according to some, it was he who was able to profitably sell new songs artist of several major Hollywood companies. Thus, in the near future composition Alicia Keys graced such films as "mine," "Dr. Dolittle 2" and some others. In the year 2001 on the shelves of American stores appeared the first album of the singer - «Songs in a Minor», which immediately became very famous in the New World and brought the young singer just five statuettes "Grammy". In total, sales of debut album has exceeded 10 million copies. But all this was only the beginning of a long journey. In 2003, the singer released a new album - «The Diary of Alicia Keys», which has once again become very successful. Several compositions presented on the plate became national hits in the United States, and brought the girl four award "Grammy". A third album Alicia Keys - «As I Am» - was released in the year 2007. In just the first two weeks of sales record sold over a million copies. This indicator has long remained a record in the United States and Europe. One of the biggest hits presented on the album was a song «Another Way to Die», which became the theme song for the 22nd James Bond film "Quantum of Solace." It is noteworthy that this song performed as a duet with the band White Stripes, is the only duo in the history of the legendary "James Bond".

In the same year 2007 Alicia Keys first appeared on television as a professional actress. Girls debut film role was in Joe Carnahan, "Smokin 'Aces." The debut was a success and soon appeared in the filmography of the singer and new works. Among these was the film "The Nanny Diaries" and "The Secret Life of Bees." Alicia Keys acting job in the last of these tapes was critical acclaim particularly successful.

Alicia Keys NOW
In 2009, the year our current heroine has returned to the music business. During this period, the singer presented her fourth record - «The Element of Freedom», which has also become very popular and successful. Currently, Alicia Keys is one of the most renowned singers on the world stage. In her personal collection is listed fourteen Grammy Awards, winning five American Music Awards, winning ten Billboard Music Awards, winning six Soul Train Music Awards, four awards MTV Video Music Awards, thirteen awards NAACP Image Awards, and others.

PERSONAL LIFE of Alicia Keys
In the summer of 2010, Alicia Keys is married to a famous actor and composer Svizzom Beetz. Locked wedding ceremony was held on the French island of Corsica. A few months later, the couple had a son newly Egypt Daoud Dean.

In addition to the singer brings his own son as the three adopted children that have resulted from the previous novel of her husband. At the moment, the whole family lives in the United States and is considering several joint projects.

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Keys was born Alicia Augello Cook on January 25, 1981, in the Hell's Kitchen area of Manhattan, New York City. She is the only child of Teresa (Augello), a paralegal and part-time actress, and Craig Cook, a flight attendant. Keys' father is African American and her mother is of Italian and either Scottish or Irish descent. Keys has expressed that she was comfortable with her multiracial heritage because she felt she was able to "relate to different cultures". Her parents separated when she was two and she was subsequently raised by her mother during her formative years in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan. Keys has 2 younger half brothers: Clay Cook (Branch) and Cole Cook. In 1985, Keys made an appearance on The Cosby Show at the age of four, where she and a group of girls played the parts of Rudy Huxtable's sleepover guests in the episode "Slumber Party". Throughout her childhood, Keys was sent to music and dance classes by her mother. She studied classical piano from age seven, playing composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, and Chopin, and enrolled in the Professional Performing Arts School at the age of 12, where she majored in choir and began writing songs at the age of 14. She graduated in four years as valedictorian at the age of 16.

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