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Alicia Keys Biography

Birth Name:
Alicia Augello Cook
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Singer, musician, songwriter, actor

Fast Facts

  • Made TV debut with a small role on a 1985 Cosby Show episode
  • Wrote her first original song, "Butterflyz," at age 14
  • The song later appeared as a track on her debut album, Songs in A Minor
  • Was her high school's valedictorian, graduating early at age 16
  • Dropped out of college to pursue a music career
  • In 2005, became the first female artist ever to debut an MTV Unplugged record at No
  • 1 on the U
  • S
  • Billboard 200 chart
  • Along with TV producer Leigh Blake, cofounded Keep a Child Alive in 2003
  • The nonprofit organization provides care, medication and support to children and families affected by AIDS in Africa and India


  • 2009Critics' Choice Awards-Best Song: nominated


  • Craig Cook -- Father
  • Terri Augello -- Mother
  • Egypt Daoud Dean -- Son
  • Genesis Ali Dean -- Son
  • Nicole -- Stepdaughter
  • Kasseem Dean Jr. -- Stepson
  • Prince Nasir Dean -- Stepson