Singer Alicia Keys is taking her 41st trip around the sun!
Keys was born Alicia Augello Cook on January 25, 1981, in Hell’s Kitchen in New York City. She has been married to Swizz Beats since 2010 and the couple has two children together.
Alicia Keys got her start in the music industry early! At age 12, she was composing her own music, and by age 15, she had already signed a record deal with Columbia Records! She later signed with Arista Records and released her debut alums “Songs in A Minor” with J Records in 2001.
The album was a smashing success for Keys. Her number-one single “Fallin’” sold over 12 million copies worldwide and reached the top slot on the Billboard Hot 100. The album earned Keys a whopping five Grammy Awards in 2002!
Her second album “The Diary of Alicia Keys,” released in 2003, also gave her four more Grammy Awards after selling eight million copies worldwide! Her 2007 album “As I Am” produced the number one single “No One” which helped her scoop up three more Grammy Awards!
Since that time, Keys has put out several more albums, including her seventh studio album, “Alicia,” in 2020. With over 90 million records sold worldwide, Keys is one of the world’s best-selling musical artists and one of the top R&B artists of the decade! She’s won a total of 15 Grammy Awards, 17 NAACP Image Awards, 12 ASCAP Awards, and an award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the National Music Publishers Association.
She’s also received high praise for his philanthropy and activism, including being awarded the Ambassador of Conscience by Amnesty International. She also co-founded and serves as the Global Ambassador for the nonprofit HIV/AIDS organization called Keep A Child Alive.
Today, on her 41st birthday, Alicia Keys fans are celebrating with some of the top live songs!
Yes, you know “Fallin’” but have you ever heard Alicia Keys singing it live? Alicia Keys wows on the piano and still delivers a stellar performance live from the Apple Music Festival in London in 2016!
“Omg.. This is professionalism on the highest level.. She plays, she sings and she lets her singers shine,” one fan commented. “I’ve never seen such a humble and so soo professional artist…”
“When she looks at her back-up vocals with recognition at how good they are too,” another fan wrote. “So much appreciation when she smiled at them. Genuine artists like Alicia are so rare <3”
“Her live performances give me so much confidence and make me so happy,” another shared. “She shows off her clear talent, skills, passion, and joy and remains so real and allows herself to make mistakes and be imperfect. And with such grace. What an inspiration.”
“I love seeing an artist reach down and use every ounce of her strength, to pull her voice from depths of her soul to release a truly primal sound,” another fan shared. “It is the most honest sense of expression! There should be more of this in music. She is truly an artist, and thankfully she granted her backup singers the opportunity to do the same.”
‘If I Ain’t Got You’
In 2012, Alicia Keys sang “If I Ain’t Got You” live from the iTunes Festival in London and fans were absolutely starstruck with her amazing talent!
“What an awesome woman,” one fan wrote. “Her voice sends chills through me. Bless you!”
“Absolutely unreal performance, a whole class above,” another shared.
“Can’t get enough of the live version of this song!” said another fan.
“This song hits the spot every time,” another wrote. “Alicia Keys is [fire-emojis].”
“This song puts tears in my eyes every time I hear it,” another fan commented. “Fantastic vocals.”
“Only positive energy is coming out from her!” another shared. “Love you, Alicia Keys!”
“I absolutely love this song from her,” another wrote. “That is an absolute incredible performance. That is absolute perfection from this woman.”
In 2013, Alicia Keys went on Letterman in order to promote her hit song, “No One.”
“She sings so well that she doesn’t need a backup track,” one fan wrote. “How nice to hear it in such a pure way.”
“She has awesome stage presence,” another wrote. “Her energy is always there.”
“She’s top number 1 for me,” another fan commented. “One of the best singers ever. Beautiful in and out, and this makes all the difference. Love you Alicia Keys.”
“Nothing like real music,” said another. “I can listen to her voice day and night.. so blessed.”
“Her voice is so wonderful!” another shared. “This song is amazing as well. It is hard to repeat those vocals after so much time, but she is so talented that it didn’t represent a risk to her. Alicia and Leona Lewis are the best vocalists from their generations in my opinion.”
Here’s to wishing Alicia Keys an amazing 41st birthday!