About Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys, real name Alicia Augello Cook, is a famous singer, songwriter and actress from the United States. Her debut album Songs in A Minor was released in 2001 and became an instant commercial success, selling over 12 million copies and making Alicia the best-selling R&B performer of the year. The following year this album garnered her 5 Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year Award for the single “Fallin” and Best New Artist Award. Alicia Keys net worth is currently estimated at $60 million.
Alicia was born in New York, in a family of Teresa Augello and Craig Cook. Her mother was an actress and a paralegal of Italian and Scottish ancestry, while her father was an African-American flight attendant. Originating from a racially mixed family Alicia was always able to relate to different cultures. Her parents divorced when Keys was still a toddler and her single mother raised the girl alone in a Manhattan’s neighborhood commonly known as Hell’s Kitchen.
Teresa recognized her daughter’s talent and sent her to dancing and music classes, where she developed the skills which later boosted Alicia Keys net worth to tens of millions. Alicia made her first TV appearance at the age of 4, when she played one of the Rudy Huxtable’s sleepover guests on The Cosby Show. Keys began learning to play piano at the age of 7 and five years later she started attending Professional Performing Arts School. She graduated at the age 16 and as one of the best students was granted an honor to deliver a closing statement at the graduation ceremony.
In 1995 her long-time manager J. Robinson introduced Alicia to Peter Edge, a producer at the Arista Record. Later Edge described Keys as the most talented and skilled young R&B musician he has ever met. He later helped Alicia sign the deal with Columbia Records. Soon after this contract Alicia Keys net worth started to grow on the fast track. At the age 17 the young artist recorded a song “Dah Dee Dah (Sexy Thing)”, which later was featured on Man in Black soundtrack, and two more tracks that appeared on the soundtracks of Shaft and Dr. Dolittle 2.
Her debut album Songs in A Minor reached the music stores in summer of 2001. It incorporated a mixture of old-school urban rhythms, classical piano melodies and warm, sweet vocals; elements of soul, jazz and R&B music. Songs in A Minor hit the Billboard 200 at No. 1 and sold over 235 thousand records during the first week. Eventually it received a 6x Platinum certification from the Recording Artists Association of America and sold twelve million copies worldwide. This first album was her greatest commercial success so far. Nonetheless, each of the albums that followed was met with great enthusiasm by the audience and every single one of them boosted Alicia Keys net worth by a considerable sum.