Alicia Keys

American singer

Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She has sold over forty-one million albums and singles worldwide as of 2007, and has won numerous awards, including fourteen Grammy Awards, eleven Billboard Music Awards, five American Music Awards, and fourteen NAACP Image Awards.

Alicia Keys
Keys in 2019
Alicia Augello Cook

(1981-01-25) January 25, 1981 (age 43)
Other namesLellow
EducationColumbia University (no degree)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • pianist
  • author
  • actress
Years active1993–present
OrganizationKeep a Child Alive
(m. 2010)
AwardsFull list
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • piano

Early life


Keys was born on January 25, 1981, in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, New York City, New York.[1] Her birth name is Alicia Augello Cook. She is the only child of Teresa Augello, a paralegal and part-time actress, and Craig Cook, a flight attendant. Her mother is of half Italian and half English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry,[2] and her father is of African American ancestry.[3] Keys has expressed that she was comfortable with her mixed race heritage because she felt she was able to "relate to different cultures".[4]





Concert tours





  • Keys, Alicia (2004). Tears for Water: Songbook of Poems and Lyrics. G. P. Putnam's Sons. ISBN 0-425-20560-6.
  • Keys, Alicia (2006). Unplugged. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 1-4234-0822-5.
  • Keys, Alicia (2007). How Can I Keep from Singing?: Transforming the Lives of African Children and Families Affected by AIDS. Umbrage. ISBN 978-1-884167-60-7.
  • Keys, Alicia; Walton, Jessica (2014). Blue Moon: From the Journals of MaMa Mae and LeeLee. IDW Publishing. ISBN 9781613777893.
  • Keys, Alicia (2020). More Myself: A Journey. Flatiron Books. ISBN 9781250153296.
  • Keys, Alicia; Weiner, Andrew (2022). Girl on Fire. HarperCollins. ISBN 9780063029569.

Published articles

  • Keys, Alicia (2008): AIDS Not Killing Hope in Africa. CNN.[5]
  • Keys, Alicia (2015): Don't Fail the Children in Africa. CNN.[6]
  • Keys, Alicia (2016): Time to Uncover. Lenny Letter.[7]

Other contributions


List of television and movies credits
Year Title Role Notes
1985 The Cosby Show Maria "Slumber Party" (Season 1, Episode 22)
2001 Charmed P3 VIP Patron (uncredited) "Size Matters" (Season 4, Episode 5)
2001—2010 Saturday Night Live Herself / Musical Guest "Reese Witherspoon/Alicia Keys" (Season 27, Episode 1)
"Charles Barkley/Alicia Keys" (Season 35, Episode 11)
2003 American Dreams Fontella Bass "Rescue Me" (Season 2, Episode 6)
2003 The Proud Family Herself (voice) "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" (Season 3, Episode 46)
2005 Sesame Street Herself Episode #36.26 (Season 36, Episode 26)
2006 The Backyardigans Mommy Martian (voice) "Mission to Mars" (Season 2, Episode 1)
2007 Cane Herself "One Man Is an Island" (Season 1, Episode 7)
2007 Elmo's Christmas Countdown Herself Christmas television special
2007 Smokin' Aces Georgia Sykes Debut film
2007 The Nanny Diaries Lynette
2008 Dove: Fresh Takes Alex Lead role
2008 The Secret Life of Bees June Boatwright Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
2011 Five Director Nominated - Directors Guild of America Award
2012 Firelight Executive Producer


  1. "Alicia Keys Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
  2. "Alicia Keys". IMDb.
  3. "A lot of people believe I'm part Jamaican, though I'm not. I'm definitely black and Italian and a little Irish or Scottish" (European American) – Bream, Jon (April 28, 2008). "More Keys to Alicia's Life". Star Tribune. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
  4. "Alicia Keys – Keys Avoids Mixed Race Abuse". Keys first appeared at a Talent show on "Jessie Jones" where she performed alongside "four little women" who were also an unknown group at the time. Both were signed to a record deal after the December 1, 2004. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
  5. Keys, Alicia (2008-06-10). "AIDS Not Killing Hope in Africa". CNN. Archived from the original on 2008-06-12. Retrieved 2023-03-16.
  6. Keys, Alicia (2015-11-10). "Don't Fail the Children in Africa". CNN. Archived from the original on 2015-11-10. Retrieved 2023-03-16.
  7. Keys, Alicia (2016-05-31). "Time to Uncover". Lenny Letter. Archived from the original on 2016-06-02. Retrieved 2023-03-16.
  8. Kidjo, Angelique; Wenrick, Rachel (January 7, 2014). Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music – January 7, 2014. ISBN 978-0062071798.
  9. Tifrere, Mashonda (October 2, 2018). Blend: The Secret to Co-Parenting and Creating a Balanced Family. ISBN 978-0143132578.

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