Alicia Augello Cook,
25 January 1981,
Manhattan, New York,
New York, USA
Raised in Manhattan.
Mother: Irish and Italian
Education: Professional Performance Arts School in Manhattan, graduated two years early as valedictorian;
Started playing the piano at age seven.
Favorite album of all time: Songs In The Key of Life by Stevie Wonder
At age 16, Alicia's outstanding grades allowed her to finish high school early. "I was so deeply involved in music, I had already outgrown all the pressure of high school cliques and gossip." Columbia University accepted Alicia Keys, and though she gave it a whirl, the desire to focus on music was the driving force over all else.
Highly sought-after by record labels that held good, old-fashioned bidding wars in her honor, Alicia signed to Arista Records in 1998. In late 1999, Alicia followed Clive Davis to his new J Records where she continues to chart her arrival to the music world.