Alicia Augello Cook is known by her stage name Alicia Keys, is an American recording artist, musician and actress. Alicia was born January 25, 1981. She was raised by a single mother in the Hell’s Kitchen area of Manhattan in New York City. At age seven, Keys began to play classical music on the piano. She attended Professional Performing Arts School and graduated at 16 as valedictorian. She later attended Columbia University before dropping out to pursue her music career. Keys released her debut album with J Records, having had previous record deals first with Columbia and then Arista Records.
Keys collaborated with the record producer Swizz Beatz to write and produce “Million Dollar Bill” for Whitney Houston’s seventh studio album, I Look to You. Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz were married on the French island of Corsica on July 31, 2010. On October 14, 2010, Keys gave birth to a son, Egypt Daoud Ibarr Dean, in New York City.