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Also Known As: Alicia Cook, Alicia J Augello-Cook Died:
Born: January 25, 1981 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Harlem, New York, USA Profession: songwriter, singer, record producer, actress, pianist

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Fusing the musical influences of Nina Simone and Stevie Wonder with the training of a classical pianist, Alicia Keys redefined R&B music for a new generation through her soulful vocals and extraordinary musicianship. An exceptional singer, songwriter and pianist, Keys' albums Songs in A Minor, The Diary of Alicia Keys and As I Am sold millions of albums worldwide and won numerous awards, including Grammys and American Music Awards. She expanded her range as a performer to include occasional stints as an actor in films like the bloody action movie "Smokin' Aces" (2006) and in the heartfelt drama "The Secret Life of Bees" (2008), alongside fellow recording stars Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah. It seemed as if Keys' talent and opportunities knew no bounds when she collaborated with Jack Black on the theme song to the 007 film "Quantum of Solace" (2008), performed with Jay-Z on the chart-topping NYC anthem, "Empire State of Mind," and even directed a segment of the made-for-TV anthology film "Five" (Lifetime, 2011). As she entered the next decade, Keys was unequivocally recognized as one of the most successful recording artists of all time. Blessed with a rare mix of talent, ambition, intelligence and...

Fusing the musical influences of Nina Simone and Stevie Wonder with the training of a classical pianist, Alicia Keys redefined R&B music for a new generation through her soulful vocals and extraordinary musicianship. An exceptional singer, songwriter and pianist, Keys' albums Songs in A Minor, The Diary of Alicia Keys and As I Am sold millions of albums worldwide and won numerous awards, including Grammys and American Music Awards. She expanded her range as a performer to include occasional stints as an actor in films like the bloody action movie "Smokin' Aces" (2006) and in the heartfelt drama "The Secret Life of Bees" (2008), alongside fellow recording stars Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah. It seemed as if Keys' talent and opportunities knew no bounds when she collaborated with Jack Black on the theme song to the 007 film "Quantum of Solace" (2008), performed with Jay-Z on the chart-topping NYC anthem, "Empire State of Mind," and even directed a segment of the made-for-TV anthology film "Five" (Lifetime, 2011). As she entered the next decade, Keys was unequivocally recognized as one of the most successful recording artists of all time. Blessed with a rare mix of talent, ambition, intelligence and beauty, Keys continually sought out fresh artistic challenges even as she remained one of the strongest female voices in the musical genre she first embraced.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Five (2011)

CAST: (feature film)

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 Muscle Shoals (2013)
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 Smokin' Aces (2007)
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 GLORY ROAD (2006)
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 46th Annual Grammy Awards, The (2004) Perfomer
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Began playing the piano at the age of seven
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Wrote first original song "Butterflyz" at age 14
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Played piano showcases around New York while still in high school
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Signed a demo recording deal with Jermaine Dupri on his So So Def label
1997:
Recorded first song "Dah Dee Dah (Sexy Thing)," which appeared on the "Men in Black" soundtrack
1998:
Signed by Clive Davis¿ Arista Records
1999:
Left Arista to sign with Davis¿ new label J Records
2000:
Recorded "Rock Wit U" for the "Shaft" (2000) soundtrack and "Rear View Mirror" for the "Dr. Dolittle 2" (2001) soundtrack
2001:
Released debut album <i>Songs in A Minor</i>; earned five Grammy Awards, including `Song of the Year¿ for "Fallin"
2002:
Wrote (also produced) and sang background for Christina Aguilera's song "Impossible" from the album <i>Stripped</i>
2003:
Released sophomore album <i>The Diary of Alicia Keys</i>
2005:
Performed an installment of the "MTV Unplugged" series at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; album released as <i>Unplugged</i>
2007:
Released third studio album <i>As I Am</i>
2007:
Made feature film debut alongside Jeremy Piven and Ryan Reynolds in "Smokin' Aces"
2007:
Co-starred with Scarlett Johansson as Lynette, Johansson's character Annie's best friend in "The Nanny Diaries"
2008:
Played one of the Boatwright sisters opposite Queen Latifah and Sophie Okonedo in film adaptation of "The Secret Life of Bees"
2008:
Earned three Grammy nominations, two for her album <i>As I Am</i> and one for her collaboration with Jack White
2010:
Earned three Grammy nominations for her collaboration with Jay-Z on "Empire State of Mind"
2012:
Released fifth album <i>Girl on Fire</i> under RCA
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Education

Columbia University: New York , New York -
Professional Performing Arts School: New York , New York -

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