Alicia Augello Cook known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter and actress.
A classically trained pianist, Keys began composing songs by age 12 and was signed at 15 years old by Columbia Records.
After disputes with the label, she signed with Arista Records and later released her debut album, Songs in A Minor, with J Records in 2001.
The album was critically and commercially successful, selling over 12 million copies worldwide.
It spawned the Billboard Hot 100 number-one single "Fallin'", and earned Keys five Grammy Awards in 2002.
Keys has sold over 90 million records worldwide, making her one of the world's best-selling music artists.