American singer Alicia Keys (20) for its pronounced soul vocals compared to the legend of the 70's Roberta Flack
. Her debut album "Minor Song" was released a circulation of three million copies, and immediately won first place in the American hit parade. Russia's television viewers could see the young performer among the U.S. stars at a charity concert to help victims of terrorist attacks in New York and Washington,. Born in New York in a family of African American and an Italian and lived in a poor area. Father left the family when she was two years. The first rudiments of music Alicia
taught street musicians in Harlem. Then the mother took the girl to a music school for piano lessons. A few years later a gifted child taken to school for Performing Arts. In 16 years, continued her education at Columbia University, and in 1998 signed a contract with a major label, Arista Records ". A year later, when her head Clive Davis left the company, Alicia
, went with him to be among the artists of his new record labels "Jay Records". The nearest plans include scoring of the young singer's songs in the movie, and favorite singers, and to this day remain, Marvin Gaye and Steve Wonder.
Talent Alicia Keys
is so bright that they can illuminate the pitch-black, dark. This piano virtuoso could carry everything from the songs of Donna Hetevey and ending with "One More Chance" Notorious B. I. G. Uniquely expressive of its games is impressive, and, possibly, the strength of Alicia Keys
is in her music rather than vocal, although there is strong. At that time, as the music of its peers always bears the stamp of their age, Alicia Keys
compositions characterized by mature wisdom, so many are surprised that she's only twenty-one. The girl, whose talent first became apparent at the age of five years, with their debut album was able to bring a modern R & B to a whole new level.
The future star was born January 25, 1981 in Manhattan, New York. Main role in her upbringing played music and commitment to excellence. Having started playing piano at an early age, Alicia
became a very talented pianist, for which she is grateful to the perseverance of his mother, who once gave her daughter to understand that he would never allow it to abandon the piano. At that time, as other kids would consider it a punishment, Alicia
thought quite differently - the piano has become one of the main passions in her life.
. According to Case
, at nine years she has already had his own group, and fourteen years, when the song was written "Butterflyz", she was sure that the music - its fate
. This composition showed how she "enjoys the process of songwriting," he loves "to sit at the piano, play and put their thoughts down on paper."
. Talent Alicia Keys
brought her to professional arts school in Manhattan, where the profession she chose the choir
. Skill and ability to universally successful student under the guidance of an experienced instructor is becoming wider and wider. Developing their vocal abilities, Alicia
multitalantlivy grew as a musician.
. At sixteen outstanding achievement Alicia Keys
enabled her to finish high school early, after which she immediately accepted at Columbia University, but the love of music prevailed.
. She signed a contract with one of the leading labels and appears on the compilation "So So Def Christmas Album" and the soundtrack to the movie "Men in Black"
. Then she joined Arista Records in 1998 participates in the soundtrack "Shaft", while continuing to write and record songs for their debut album.
. In late 1999, Clive Davis, who once supported and prepared a lot of musicians, including Janis Joplin, Bruce Springstena and Santana, separating from Arista, and created his own label, J Records, Alicia
takes with him
saw it in it an opportunity for their growth and development, Davis is the first meeting, noticed her talent and literally fell in love with young talent.
. In 2001, the album of Alicia Keys
"Songs In A Minor" debuted in "Billboard" under the number 1 spot on this position for three weeks
. "Minor - one of my favorite keys
explains. - It is very sad the key to the same "A" - a capital letter in my name. It symbolizes the vision of the song my eyes ". In addition to the excitement caused by the first single "Fallin", Case
deserves appreciation for the critics and audience, successfully combining the bits in the best tradition of rap with vocal match for Aretha Franklin. But as it turns out, the penetration of hip-hop in its style - is no coincidence: "It is natural, - explains Alicia
. - I was inspired by different music. I love to write, sing, play and modern music. Today I play like Beethoven, Bach, Chopin, and Marvin Gaye, Roberta Flack, Nina Simone. I love Biggie, Paka, WU-TANG. Everything happened by itself ". As a result, the entire disk saturated with hip-hop, and in some tracks it dominates (for instance, the remake of "Brooklyn Zoo" Ol 'Dirty Bastard'a, - track "Girlfriend" with Dupri Germann, sensational "Fallin" and "A Woman's Worth" and others). Pop Albums Alicia
obligation and its beautiful versatile lyric, affecting the relations between man and woman, and the problems of modern society.
. The second single from the album "A Woman's Worth" is very dear to the singer, because it presents a model of mutual consent between a man and a woman: "You lose, dropping her to second place, she was ready for anything in the name of the man, who the economy really appreciate ..
. A real woman knows a real man will never be late, this man can not deny the women's dignity ". "Despite the fact that the song is called" A Woman's Worth ", it is addressed to women and men, - explains Alicia
. - They will not be treated rudely, although to a greater extent this applies to women. This man recognizes the woman's dignity. "
. In the song "Troubles", it teaches us not to despair, . rough with black stripes life, . know, . that there is always someone, . who is ready to support in difficult times: "Do you have trouble, . Calm, . baby, . you excited, . not worry, . your business failed, . Do not take too much to heart, . if I need you, . just tell me. ",
. What can not people just to survive, to make even a single breath, to which only they are not pushing life - this is the sound of maracas, tam-tamov guitar and bass lines in songs of Alicia
sings "The Life"
. Suddenly, we are tired of the endless struggle of life itself, from its horrors, but we can not give up, we can not give up, did you not change anything around.
. In the song "Rock Wit U" Case
paints a picture of true love when the money houses and cars have no meaning when no hardship can not break faith: "Whatever happens, I'm ready to stay with you ..
. if you give me all your love. "
"How Come You Don't Call Me" - nothing but a cover version of the same name lyrics Prince. Says Alicia Keys
, it was written entirely by accident: "I remember the conversation turned to a variety of music and my agent asked:" Did you hear that song? ", I replied:" Of course I know all the songs Prince "... He gave me a cassette with a clip. It is quite simple - the Prince sitting at the piano, stomping his foot and sings. The song literally hypnotized me ... I immediately sat down at the piano and tried enough of the melody, it's just a great song. When I turned, I thought: "Why not write his own version?" I just could not throw it out of my head. So we did it ... and it is so well blended in with the album.
. And the plate itself is very well blended in the history of R & B, . having brought Alicia Keys
in 2002, four "Golden Gramophone" Grammy "nominated" Best New Artist ", . Best R & B-album ", . "Best R & B-singer" and "Best R & B-song" (the latter two - for the song "Fallin").,
. What do Alicia Keys
wants to achieve through your music? "It helps me understand myself and my feelings
. At least, it helps to let them out, rather than keep sealed inside. I hope that her people will be able to find something native, something that is similar to their own lives. Maybe someone she can help you find your "I". I hope I can inspire, as they had once inspired me ". Official site