Alicia Keys

Alicia KeysWhat does it mean to your own destiny to be? If your singer, songwriter, virtuoso pianist, producer, author, journalist, winner, philanthropist, and actress Alicia Keys are as likely that you lead a rich life. But Keys you measure wealth not affect your bank account, or to the portion passion, fulfillment and life experience into your life. Exactly who made the singer philosophy to a model of unlimited potential and impressive performance. Keys was born and raised in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen and was heavily influenced by music from all generations and disciplines including the essential music of Nina Simone, Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, also classic works of Frédéric Chopin, Erik Satie, and Leontyne Price and rap music of Tupac Shakur, The Notorious BIG, Jay-Z and the Wu-Tang Clan. From her seventh, she with her classical piano teacher, Margaret Pine and she presented jazz of Oscar Peterson, Fats Waller and Marian McPartland. Keys was only introduced to the art of song writing and producing them when the Professional Performing Arts School lesson followed by Miss Aziza, a pianist with original songs composed character. She was discovered by manager Jeff Robinson at a Harlem youth organization. At its fourteenth joined Keys in New York and surrounding when and where she could, from small clubs to street corners. Two years later she received a scholarship and studied briefly at Columbia University before she finally collapsed on her music career. Her path was not always been easy, but Keys’ classical training and early life lessons led to a music mix of soul, hip hop, jazz and classical music. With her debut album Songs In A Minor – geproducet at Clive Davis’ J Records and aware of this fusion – she won five Grammys on hold. Minor adorned outset to the top of the Billboard 200 chart and went over 235,000 times on the counter in the first week. Later sales exceeded the threshold of 10 million discs worldwide. Along with Robinson, the CEO of MBK Entertainment, producer Kerry “Krucial” Brothers, A & R Peter Edge and Davis, president and CEO of BMG Label Group, Keys forged a formidable friendship and built a dynamic team of music that her musical vision and identity nurtured and strengthened. “My team presented me with different perspectives, but always recognizes the artist in me,” said Keys. “They encourage me to express my creative individuality.”

After extensive touring continuously Keys to follow her success with her debut second brainchild The Diary of Alicia Keys that was born in December 2003. Critics were away from her diary in which the first week in the U.S. more than 618,000 copies sold, and seven times platinum and yielded four more Grammys. About her work tells Keys Diary: “When the album was finished, I felt euphoric because the energy of the songs really went through me and I heard them as a whole. At last I could say yes, this is who I am. ” I’m so proud, happy and delighted to have this music in the world can give. “The success was so great that they are in the October 2005 live concert recording Alicia Keys Unplugged – good for three Grammy nominations – released its popular music, new exclusive songs and memorable contributions from Common, Mos Def, Damian Marley and Adam Levine of Maroon 5.

Keys are always looking for perfection and promised that her new album As I Am like the previous one gem would be a highlight of her travels and personal experiences. She added the action to the word. “My music does not fit into a formula, they just live in my heart and soul. Whether I am talking about a visit to the Egyptian pyramids, the face of the AIDS epidemic in Africa or feeling things that everyone experiences where I was and where I go in my life. “, As I Am Alicia Keys puts the musical bar even higher with with a topproductieteam Keys, Linda Perry, Jack Splash, Mark Batson and Kerry “Krucial” Brothers. As I Am Alicia describes itself as a powerful combination of “Rock ‘n Soul – Janis Joplin meets Aretha Franklin.” The record revealed again a milestone in her early recording career with 742,000 copies sold in the first week after launch. As I Am is also Alicia’s fourth # 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and led to its most successful sales week to date. After the release of As I Am Alicia in November 2007 was the impressive title holder of the largest debut for an R & B singer in the SoundScan history and the best selling debut from a singer since 2004. Her third studio album launched the hit single “No One” which won two Grammy Awards in 2008 for Best R & B Song and Best Female R & B Vocal Performance. The third single from As I Am — “Super Woman” – have reaped a Grammy in 2009 for Best Female R & B Vocal Performance. It was four times awarded the Keys NAACP Image Awards in 2008, she was honored at the first annual BET Honors ceremony and received the BET Award for Best R & B Female Artist. While she enjoys her successful career and As I Am than 5 million global buyers find gives Keys to kick off her As I Am Tour presented by Lexus in February 2008. In Europe and the U.S. shows it for full houses.

In her career, Keys has repeatedly put the flowers. Except she outwitted eleven o’clock twelve o’clock Grammy Awards Billboard Music Awards, five American Music Awards, three World Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, three MTV Europe Awards, two Nickelodeon Teen Choice Awards, three BET Awards, fourteen NAACP Image Awards, seven Soul Train Music Awards, two Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, two People’s Choice Awards, one My VH1 Award and more.

Her musical performance fills them with writers working for the New York Times. In 2005 Penguin Group USA published Tears for Water: Songbook of Poems and Lyrics, an introspective collection of original poetry and lyrics from Keys’ first two albums. In 2004, The New York Daily News Keys as travel correspondent. A monthly report from them on the sites and experiences of her summer world tour, including a performance at the Great Wall. In 2006 Alicia ran her first marathon in Greece was the cradle of sport. Furthermore, developed and wrote the siren along with Robinson the new series “Zora” for CW Network later this year on the pipe. Zora, the first production of their joint production company Big Pita, Lil ‘Pita (BPLP), is a tragi-comedy and follows the growing pains of a 15-year-old, biracial student at the school in which the node lies with themselves and typical teenage issues after moved to a new neighborhood because her parents parted. “This is not my biography, but Zora does pose pieces of my life,” Keys says that as co-executive producer acted. “The show is special because he is the complexity of biracial identity, and scans that awkward teenage years by more light where you try to find your place among your friends in the community and the world.” BPLP currently working on additional projects including a show for MTV , a film director F. Gary Gray (Italian Job, Set It Off) and the contemporary remake of the romantic comedy Bell, Book and Candle in 1958 with the original starring Kim Novak. The production of Bell, Book & Candle is part of BPLP’s long-term production deal with Disney.

While Keys’ film work is less familiar to loyal fans, Hollywood is not unfamiliar territory for her. Alicia inherited her acting talent theatermam and starred in The Cosby Show as a friend of Rudy Huxtable when she was only four. In January 2007 the purebred made her New York debut on the big screen in Universal Pictures ‘Smokin’ Aces, a dazzling cat-and-mouse game between the FBI and a gang of deadly assassins who are both chasing the same prey, Buddy Israel (Jeremy Piven), a former magician in Las Vegas and now the police informant. Keys plays the role of Georgia Sykes, a seductive but ruthless killer whose evil reputation it rushes forward. Together with its partner in crime Sharice Watters (Taraji Henson) it belongs to the many destroyers hired Buddy off for a messy one million U.S. dollars. “I was quite fond of Georgia, in her calm, cool and controlled nature and its business approach to things,” she says. “I rather took risks with my first steps into the film world than to play a character that reflects part of who I am in real life.” Aces was directed by Joe Carnahan (Narc). Among the star cast includes Ryan Reynolds, Ben Affleck, Andy Garcia, Ray Liotta and Common.

Rapidly towards the top favorite in 2007 was Keys screen time with Scarlett Johansson for The Weinstein Company’s first post-Miramax production The Nanny Diaries in which a student as nanny (Johansson) from a rich family in New York works. Keys plays Lynette, the dashing bohemian and best friend of Johansson, and describes her character as “the world of the film.” “I like that Lynette is the complete opposite of my character in Aces,” she states. “That’s important because I never want to restrict a certain style and diversity of love in everything I do.”

Keys was back on the screen to see in October 2008 as June Boatwright, one of the three sisters Boatwright in Fox Searchlight film adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd bestseller The Secret Life of Bees.

Her penchant for diversity is also reflected in her charity work. In 2002, Keys joined Keep A Child Alive (KCA), a non-profit organization that provides life-saving anti-viral medication to children and families with HIV / AIDS in Africa and the developing countries. “I went to work with KCA and co-founder Leigh Blake and lent them my voice and support to fight AIDS that more than 12 million African children made orphans and killed 25 million people in Africa the past 25 years,” she says. “This organization provides an emergency response to the deadly” treatment gap “that devastated Africa.” After her visit to Africa Keys had a new goal where they fell in with full devotion. Together with KCA she introduced herself to the goal of 17 percent black Africans who are receiving treatment should be increased to 72 percent, the total number of people who desperately need an AIDS treatment.

Shortly after she went into the sea with KCA, the singer proclaimed ambassador, hostess and co-musical director of the annual Black Ball-presentation to benefit HIV / AIDS by raising awareness and raising funds for the organization. The past three years spent Keys music stars like Bono, Kanye West, Damian Marley, Fela Kuti, David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz, Angelique Kidjo, John Mayer, Paul Simon, Nas, Common and John Legend to meet the AIDS problem and to raise money to collect to pay for AIDS drugs to people who desperately need, to build hospitals, hospital workers, food and care for AIDS orphans to fund. “It is surprising to Africa to return and see how people who were dead are raised back to life thanks to medical care they received,” she says. “The knowledge that your efforts contribute to the construction of a pediatric wing in hospitals and medicines within the reach of people really gives my life meaning. ”

Keys not only generous abroad, but also on its native soil. Feathered she delivers humanitarian efforts as director of “Frum Tha Ground Up”, an American non-profit organization that inspires young people, motivates and encourages their self-constancy, trust and integrity to bring. She is also involved with “Teens in Motion, a youth organization in the South Bronx that provides teens a safe environment for dancing, singing, acting and working in their self-image workshops.

Keys’ biggest wish to maintain contact and its close relationship with the written word meant that she re-launched its website. Her virtual fanclub – – offers a personal audio blog (long term evolution of its online diary), Alicia Keys’ Book Club (every three months is a book discussion), all released audio and visuals, bonus songs, photos behind the scenes, interviews, unreleased ringtones and ringback tones. When registering as a member gets access to the exciting, exclusive world of Alicia Keys. Members can learn about her current music, film, charity and production projects. This intimate environment allows Keys not only able to put her ear to listen to, but works in two directions. “The site is equally useful for me and for my fans,” Keys will readily admit. “I can not just lose my appreciation for people who really support me and my music, but I can also capture special moments that I will cherish . Members can also take a look at, the official website of production company with her business partner Kerry “Krucial” Brothers, to check their studio sessions.

Alicia Keys undoubtedly grow as an artist and took her own future in their hands. “My music gives me the chance to speak freely,” she says. “She has no beginning and no end because it forms a whole with my life.” As her artistic career and life claim, clearly shows that Keys attention and energy they invest in any engagement entered into. Whether another platinum award winning activist to produce or to get in her motherland, our beloved soul is a creative genius and will always be a musician, actress, entrepreneur, benefactor and philanthropist in his heart and kidneys.