Despite her incredibly youth, Alicia Keys rocketed to success with her chart-topping debut, Songs in A Minor. The various influences on the album, including jazz, hip-hop, classical, and R&B, lend testament to the notion that Alicia Keys is an “old soul” with maturity and aptitude beyond her years.
Alicia Keys’ talents were clear from her very earliest days as a student in Manhattan’s Professional Performance Arts School. After honing her skills through the school’s exemplary instruction, she graduated and began her studies at Columbia University.
Her college experience would be cut short, however, to pursue a music career, a gamble that would certainly pay off for Alicia Keys. She signed a deal with Arista Records in 1998, but switched to J Records after one year. Songs in A Minor was released in 2001, and Alicia Keys rose to superstar status instantly.
In 2007, Alicia Keys released As I Am, selling six million copies worldwide. The album earned Keys three Grammies.
The Element of Freedom followed in 2009, and went on to become her first chart-topping album in the UK.
Beyond music, Alicia Keys has appeared in The Nanny Diaries, Smokin’ Aces, The Secret Life of Bees, and the television series Charmed.
Throughout her career, Keys has sold over 35 million albums and 30 million singles, making her one of the best selling artists of all time.
Alicia Keys Song List
- “No One”
- “Girl On Fire”
- “Empire State Of Mind”
- “A Woman’s Worth”