Who Are Alicia Keys Parents?

Alicia Keys, born January 25, 1981 as Alicia Augello Cook, is an American R&B singer songwriter who is also a musician and actress. Keys released her debut album with J Records, having had previous record deals first with Columbia and then Arista. Keys’ debut album, Songs in A Minor, was a commercial success, selling over 15 million copies worldwide. She became the best-selling new artist and best-selling R&B artist of 2001. The album earned Keys five Grammy Awards in 2002, including Best New Artist and Song of the Year for “Fallin’”, becoming the second American recording artist to win five Grammys in one night.  She has gone on to continued success since then.

Who Are Alicia Keys Parents?

Keys Parents Encourage Her Music

The talented Alicia Keys must have some talented parents in order to be such a phenomenal daughter.  Her mother has an Irish/Italian heritage.  Her name is Teresa “Terria” Augello.  She was a part-time actress and paralegal at the time of Alicia’s birth. Her Father is a Jamaican who was a flight attendant at the time. She was primarily raised by her mother after her parents separated when she was 2 years old.  Her father had little effect on her life, except by his absence. Alicia grew up in an area of Manhattan that is known as Hell’s Kitchen. 

An Interview with Alicia Keys on Parents

She was interviewed by Reader’s Digest and had these word to say about her mother:

RD: What was your mother like?

Keys: She raised me single-handedly. It was very hard for her, because she had to be superwoman. She had to work the job and support the daughter and also try to pursue her dreams. She’s my rock. I know she will be there no matter what.

RD: What’s the biggest lesson you learned from her?

Keys: To honor myself, because no one will honor or respect me if I don’t respect myself. And she always challenged me to explain what I meant, what my purpose was when I did certain things. And to not be a quitter.

An only child, Keys was raised by her mother in a one bedroom apartment.  Although the neighborhood was known as a very “tough neighborhood,” Keys’ mother was able to keep her daughter focused on goals and accomplishments.  Watching her mother work as a paralegal until midnight and then heading back to work after only five hours sleep and an early trip to the gym, would give Keys an understanding and appreciation of hard work and devotion.  Her mother’s efforts would allow Keys to have the education and abilities to take advantage of the opportunities that would come her way.

Alicia’s first break came in a role on the Cosby Show in a segment called “Slumber Party.”  She played one of the friends at the sleep over  She continued school and studied music and acting as she grew under the watchful and loving tutelage of her mother.

That lesson is evident in Keyes work ethic and attention to detail in her work.  Her mother’s love and devotion has paid great dividends in Alicia’s life and success.

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Alicia Keys Song List

Alicia Keys – 101

Alicia Keys – A Woman’s Worth

Alicia Keys – Better You, Better Me

Alicia Keys – Brand New Me

Alicia Keys – Diary

Alicia Keys – Doesn’t Mean Anything

Alicia Keys – Empire State Of Mind (Part II) Broken Down

Alicia Keys – Fallin’

Alicia Keys – Fire We Make

Alicia Keys – Girl On Fire

Alicia Keys – Go Ahead

Alicia Keys – How Come You Don’t Call Me

Alicia Keys – If I Ain’t Got You

Alicia Keys – Jane Doe

Alicia Keys – Karma

Alicia Keys – Lessons Learned

Alicia Keys – Like You’ll Never See Me Again

Alicia Keys – Limitedless

Alicia Keys – Listen To Your Heart

Alicia Keys – Love Is Blind

Alicia Keys – New Day

Alicia Keys – No One

Alicia Keys – Not Even The King

Alicia Keys – One Thing

Alicia Keys – Power

Alicia Keys – Prelude to a Kiss

Alicia Keys – Put It In A Love Song

Alicia Keys – Queen of the Field

Alicia Keys – Speechless

Alicia Keys – Superwoman

Alicia Keys – Tears Always Win

Alicia Keys – Teenage Love Affair

Alicia Keys – Tell You Something (Nana’s Reprise)

Alicia Keys – That’s When I Knew

Alicia Keys – The Thing About Love

Alicia Keys – Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart

Alicia Keys – Un-thinkable (I’m Ready)

Alicia Keys – When It’s All Over

Alicia Keys – You Don’t Know My Name

Alicia Keys – Zebras and Airplanes