Reigning Queen of Soul

Posted on November 7, 2011

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When you hear her voice on the radio you know it’s her. She doesn’t use auto tune:  she doesn’t need to use it. She’s different from the other artists, because she made a name for herself. Selling over 30 million albums and 25 million singles, being an 11-time Grammy Award winner, actress, song writer, entrepreneur, and a singer. Co-founder of Keep A Child Alive, traveling to Africa and India to visit families with HIV/AIDS. Seems like a lot doesn’t it? Could you do it? Well, if you can’t, Alicia Keys definitely can.

Alicia Augello Cook was born January 25th, 1981 in the “Hell’s Kitchen” part of New York City. Growing up, Keys was put in piano and dance classes by her mother. At the age of seven she discovered that she had passion to play the piano. At the age of sixteen, she attended Professional Performing Arts School, where she graduated in three years as the valedictorian. At seventeen she finally began playing classical music inspired by Beethoven, Mozart, and Chopin. She attended Columbia University, then later dropped out to pursue her love for music.

 In 2001, Keys made her mark on the industry by releasing her debut album Songs in a Minor, selling 12 million copies worldwide. In 2007, she released her third studio album As I Am, selling six million copies worldwide. In December 2009, Keys released her fourth album Element of Freedom, and it was her first album to be a top seller in the United Kingdom.

Alicia’s top ten greatest hits are: “Teenage Love Affair,” “Gangsta Lovin’,” “No One,” “If I Ain’t Got You,” “Fallin’,” “Like You’ll Never See Me Again,” “Unbreakable,” “A Woman’s Worth,” “You Don’t Know My Name,” and “Where Do We Go From Here.”

Keys has collaborated with other top artists like Jay- Z (“Empire State of Mind”), Drake (“Un-Thinkable Remix”), Eve (“Gangsta Lovin’”), Usher (“My Boo”), and Jack White (“Another Way to Die”). Drake said that “Collaborating with Alicia Keys was one of the best moments of my life.” In the near future she hopes to collaborate with new artist Adele.

In 2003, Keys took her first trip to Africa, to see how AIDS/HIV has impacted the kids and parents. After taking one trip she started raising millions of dollars for the organization. Being a dedicated Global Ambassador, she has appeared on Oprah several times to talk about the organization. Keys is also the host of Keep a Child Alive’s annual Black Ball gala, which takes place every year in the fall in New York City, and in summer in London.

 Sophomore Jazymn Hall said, “The thing I like about Alicia Keys is her voice, because it’s different from everyone else’s; and she is an amazing.” For celebrity day here at Croatan, Jazymn dressed up as keys, wearing a red dress.

However, Senior Johnise Brimmer said, “I don’t like her at all because she committed adultery, and that’s not something she should have done.” Whenever she hears the name “Alicia Keys,” Johnise turns her nose up, and does a “stank face.”

Alicia has won numerous awards. She’s set apart from other artists, and she became one of  the greatest women to ever get in the music industry .. soon she’ll be a legend; and have the greatest songs to ever be released.                      

    Reported by Alexandria Brimmer       

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