January 25 is Alicia Keys’ Birthday!
Singer-songwriter and R&B sensation Alicia Keys was born Alicia Augello Cook in New York, New York on January 25, 1981. At the age of seven, Alicia began playing piano, an instrument that her mother insisted she pursue. Upon her graduation from the Professional Performing Arts School, Alicia signed with producer Clive Davis at J Records.
In 2001, Keys released her debut album Songs in A Minor, which received rave reviews; the album went platinum five times over and earned her five Grammy Awards. The singer’s smooth mixture of pop, gospel, R&B, and soul has gained her worldwide recognition.
Supplementary to her music career, Keys has directed and acted in multiple films, including: Smokin’ Aces, The Nanny Diaries, and The Secret Life of Bees. In July 2010, Alicia married producer Swizz Beatz, and they welcomed their first child in October 2010. She recently released her 5th studio album, Girl on Fire, and will embark on a North American tour beginning in March.
Happy 32nd Birthday, Alicia!