Just reaching her mid-twenties, New York-born Alicia Keys has already topped pop and R&B charts. The 24-year-old pianist has been playing piano for nearly two decades, learning at the young age of five. She was writing her own music by the time she started school in New York's Professional Performing Arts School, where she graduated at 16 years old and won a scholarship to Columbia University. Keys chose to pursue her music career instead and signed with Columbia Records but later signed over to Clive Davis' J Records in 1998 when she hit production issues.
Key's first single, Fallin', provided a taste of her music style, which incorporates much classical music. The song reached a number one hit, selling over six million copies. The song's album, songs in A minor, won Keys six grammy nominations, in which she won all but one.
Keys, still a new artist, has three albums out, her latest in stores now being "Unplugged." She has performed with popular artists such as Usher and Stevie Wonder.
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