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Alicia KEYS

American Alicia KEYS

born Alicia Augello COOK

American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress

Source :  Victoria LANDRUM-BURNEY

Born: on January 25, 1981 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA  (38 years)


Biography

Keys was born Alicia Augello Cook on January 25, 1981, in the Hell's Kitchen area of Manhattan, in New York City. She is the only child of Teresa (Augello), a paralegal and part-time actress, and Craig Cook, a flight attendant. Keys' father is African American and her mother is of half-Italian and half-British (English and Scottish) and Irish descent. Keys has expressed that she was comfortable with her biracial heritage because she felt she was able to "relate to different cultures". Her parents separated when she was two and she was subsequently raised by her mother during her formative years in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan. In 1985, Keys made an appearance on The Cosby Show at the age of four, where she and a group of girls played the parts of Rudy Huxtable's sleepover guests in the episode "Slumber Party". Throughout her childhood, Keys was sent to music and dance classes by her mother. She studied classical piano from age seven playing composers such as and Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin. and enrolled in the Professional Performing Arts School at the age of 12, where she majored in choir and began writing songs at the age of 14. She graduated in four years as valedictorian at the age of 16.

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- Category Actor, Singer & Musician