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Alicia Keys: Talent is Enough

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Alicia Keys, native New Yorker, is the kind of artist that looks at music as a way of expression not a business to profit from. Probably, that is exactly what makes her so successful. However, she is not only an extraordinary singer; she is also a songwriter and a pianist with classical education and great sensibility to today’s musical styles, especially R&B and Hip-Hop. When she was studying music, she studied the classical music of Mozart, Chopan and Beethoven, the jazz of Marian Hathaway, Fats Waller and Oscar Peterson and the black music of Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder and Nina Simone. This fact definitely influenced Alicia and the music she is playing now.

Her first album Songs in A Minor (2001), besides being a real success, is a combination of all the genres that have influenced Alicia: Jazz, Classical, Hip-Hop, and R&B. Although this album was the one that caught people’s attention over Alicia, her musical story began too much time before. Since she was very young, she started developing her vocal talents, taking piano lessons and writing songs. Her next album The Diary Of Alicia Keys (2003) had a difficult task: to surpass the success achieved by the Grammy award wining album Songs in A Minor. Alicia did it again; The Diary Of Alicia Keys is an outstanding album with profound lyrics about real life situations. Her talent is undeniably authentic and the great music that covers diverse genres from sensual salsa to cosmic jazz.

More recently, Alicia released Alicia Keys Unplugged (2005) performing not only her previous hits but also new music. Other artists, Mos Def, Damien Marley and Adam Levine (Maroon 5), participate in this album to make it even better. In spite of her youth, Alicia is a mature artist who recognizes the importance of authenticity and humbleness.

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