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Alicia Keys by: Ailea Daddairo. Biography :. An American R&B Singer-Song Writer, pianist extraordinaire , producer, author, award winner and actress Alicia Keys is her stage name , her Birth name is Alicia Augello Cook Born January 25, 1981. Musical Influences:. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Alicia Keys by: Ailea Daddairo

Alicia Keys by: Ailea Daddairo

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Biography:An American R&B Singer-Song Writer, pianist extraordinaire, producer, author, award winner and actress

Alicia Keys is her stage name, her Birth name is Alicia Augello Cook

Born January 25, 1981

Musical Influences:Many GenresFrederic ChopinLeontyne PriceStevie WonderMarvin GayeTupac ShakurThe musician I was most interested to write about for my semester paper is Alicia keys. She is an American R&B Singer-Songwriter, pianist extraordinaire, producer, author, award winner and actress. Alicia Keys is her stage name, her real name is Alicia Augello Cook and she was born January 25, 1981. . Alicia Keys was strongly influenced by music from different generations including the essential music of Nina Simone, Donny Hathaway, Marvine Gaye and Stevie Wonder. Classical Compositions of Frederic Chopin, Erik Satie, and Leontyne Price; and urban lyricists such as Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Jay-Z and the Wu-Tang Clan.

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Early Life:

Alicia was raised by a single mother in Manhattan, New YorkShe began playing the piano at age seven and learned classical music by composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, and ChopinKeys was enrolled in a Professional Performing Arts school at the age of 12 years old She majored in Choir and began writing songs at the age 14Graduated at age 16 as the valedictorian

Alicia was raised by a single mother in Manhattan, New York. She began playing the piano at age seven and learned classical music by composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, and Chopin. Keys was enrolled in a Professional Performing Arts school at the age of 12 years old where she majored in Choir and began writing songs at the age 14. She graduated at age 16 as the valedictorian.3

Beginning of Career:

Alicia Keys was founded by her long time manager Jeff Robinson in 1994 and was eventually signed to Columbia RecordsAlicia Keys released her first studio album, Songs in A minor in June 2001The album sold over 10 million copies worldwide and led Keys to win five awards at the 2001 GrammysAlicia Keys was founded in 1994 by her long time manager Jeff Robinson and a year later was introduced her future Arista Records. Unable to sign a recording contract due to Robinson currently trying to leave his record company he was motivated to have Alicia Keys signed and eventually was signed to Columbia records. At the same time as signing a recording contract with Columbia records, Keys was accepted into Columbia University. Keys decided to try and juggle both but only after 4 weeks she dropped out of college to pursue her musical career full time. Alicia Keys released her first studio album, Songs in A minor in June 2001. I remember getting this album for Christmas when I was in 7th grade I would listen to it over and over again memorizing all the lyrics to her songs by heart. This album debuted at number one on the billboard and sold 235,000 in the first week. The album was certified six times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, It ended up selling over 10 million copies worldwide. Songs in A minor led to win Alicia keys five awards at the 2001 Grammys. 4

AlbumsAs I AmThe Element of FreedomThe diary of Alicia KeysSongs in A minorDecember 2003November 2007December 2009June 2001The second album Keys debuted was The Diary of Alicia Keys which was released in December 2003. Other two albums she released that were big successes were As I am and Element of Freedom. 5

Alicia KeysAccomplishments and SuccessesTwelve Grammy Awards Three BET AwardsEleven Billboard Awards

Three MTV Video Music AwardsThroughout her career, Keys has earned numerous awards. In addition to twelve Grammy Awards, she's earned eleven Billboard Music Awards, five American Music Awards, three World Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, three MTV Europe Awards, two Nickelodeon Teen Choice Awards, three BET Awards, fourteen NAACP Image Awards, seven Soul Train Music Awards, two Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards, two People's Choice Award, one My VH1 Award and more. Along with the rest of the world I feel Alicia Keys is one of the Best R&B artists to come out in this generation. I feel the main reason I picked her as an artist is because I feel she is a real musician at heart and always will be in this life time. Her Vocals and pianist skills are definitely a gift from god.

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Composition HistoryThese songs came from the Album As I Am released in 2007People involved:Alicia KeysJack SplashJohn MayerManny Marroquin Recorded at Glenwood Studios in L.A. and Oven Studios in New York

Alicia Keys: Vocals, Background vocals, Piano, Fender Rhodes Piano, Harpsichord, Wurlitzer organ, Bass Synthesizer, Moog Synthesizer.Jack Splash: was various instruments and programmingManny Marroquin: Audio MixerTeenage love Affair& Superwoman

Teenage Love Affair: (3:10)Came from the Album As I am released in 2007. Some of the people involved with making this song and all the rest of the songs off this album were Alicia Keys, Jack Splash, and John Mayer. Alicia Keys was the vocals, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, harpsichord, Wurlitzer organ, bass synthesizer, Moog synthesizer, background vocals. Jack Splash was various instruments and programming. The audio mixer Manny Marroquin and the recording information is Glenwood Studios, LA; Oven Studios, NY. This song was influence by a sample from (Girl) I love you which is a 1972 track by the Soul trio The Temprees.Superwoman: (4:34)This song to me is very inspiring and motivational to all women around the world. Alicia Keys says that this song is a reminder to herself, that even when I'm out, and I'm just a mess, and I'm not perfect, and everything's not great, and I'm struggling to figure out what is what, I'm still a superwoman." This song is has all the same information as of recording details and released dates due to it is from the same album called As I am. Some producers and engineers involvled with making this album and songs that I have chosen were John Mayer; Dirty Harry; Alicia Keys; Jack Splash; Linda Perry; Kerry Brothers; Mark Batson; Jack Splash; Kerry Brothers; Dirty Harry; Alicia Keys; Mark Batson.

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Composition HistoryTeenage love Affair

This song was influence by a sample from (Girl) I love you which is a 1972 track by the Soul trio The Temprees.SuperwomanThis song to me is very inspiring and motivational to all women around the world. Alicia Keys says that this song is a reminder to herself, that even when I'm out, and I'm just a mess, and I'm not perfect, and everything's not great, and I'm struggling to figure out what is what, I'm still a superwoman."

Teenage Love Affair: (3:10)Came from the Album As I am released in 2007. Some of the people involved with making this song and all the rest of the songs off this album were Alicia Keys, Jack Splash, and John Mayer. Alicia Keys was the vocals, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, harpsichord, Wurlitzer organ, bass synthesizer, Moog synthesizer, background vocals. Jack Splash was various instruments and programming. The audio mixer Manny Marroquin and the recording information is Glenwood Studios, LA; Oven Studios, NY. This song was influence by a sample from (Girl) I love you which is a 1972 track by the Soul trio The Temprees.Superwoman: (4:34)This song to me is very inspiring and motivational to all women around the world. Alicia Keys says that this song is a reminder to herself, that even when I'm out, and I'm just a mess, and I'm not perfect, and everything's not great, and I'm struggling to figure out what is what, I'm still a superwoman." This song is has all the same information as of recording details and released dates due to it is from the same album called As I am. Some producers and engineers involvled with making this album and songs that I have chosen were John Mayer; Dirty Harry; Alicia Keys; Jack Splash; Linda Perry; Kerry Brothers; Mark Batson; Jack Splash; Kerry Brothers; Dirty Harry; Alicia Keys; Mark Batson.

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Composition HistoryEmpire State of Mind(Part II) Broke Down&Distance and time

These songs were released in 2009 in the her latest album Element of FreedomRecording information: Conway Studios, LA; Oven Studios, New York; Strawberrybee Studios, New YorkPeople Involved: Alicia Keys, Jay Z and BeyonceEmpire State of Mind(Part II) Broke Down: (3:36) This last song I have chosen came from her latest album Element of Freedom. This song was influenced by Alicia Keys hometown anthem. Alicia says, "It's just exciting to be able to put together a song about the city I was born and raised in and then to be able to make it an anthem the world can feel. I just love the energy that's behind it." The reason I love this song so much is because its always been my dream to visit New York someday and when I listen to this song I feel like Im there experiencing all the greatest that it holds. This song and album was released in 2009 and the Recording information: Conway Studios, LA; Oven Studios, NY; Strawberrybee Studios, NY. Jay Z, Beyonce and Alicia Keys were all involved with producing and recording this album. Distance and time: (4:27)I feel like this is a great song about lovers separated by distance and time. This song and album was released in 2009 and the Recording information: Conway Studios, LA; Oven Studios, NY; Strawberrybee Studios, NY. Jay Z, Beyonce and Alicia Keys were all involved with producing and recording this album.

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Composition HistoryEmpire State of Mind(Part II) Broke Down

This song was influenced by Alicia Keys hometown anthem

Alicia says, "It's just exciting to be able to put together a song about the city I was born and raised in and then to be able to make it an anthem