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.
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.
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