Eminent from the songs such as ‘Girl On fire’, ‘You don’t Know My Name’ and ‘If I Ain’t Got You’, Alicia Keys is a brilliant singer, musician and a songwriter. She stepped up in the music industry when she was just 15 years old and released her debut album, ‘Songs in a Mirror’ in 2001. This successful singer was the first woman to debut an MTV Unplugged album at number one.
Now, we will divulge further about her personal life: Alicia Keys’s husband, parents, ethnicity, etc. Known by her professional name Alicia Keys, Alicia Augello Cook celebrates her birthday on January 25. She was born in Hell’s Kitchen in New York City in the year 1981. She loved music and singing from childhood itself. Alicia also sang at various musical groups in her preschool and learned piano when she was 7 years old. She wrote her first song about her departed grandfather on the piano at age 12. Alicia made her first song contract at the age of 15 with Columbia Records and that’s from where her journey began in the music industry.
Alicia Keys Parents
Alicia’s mother is Teresa Augello who was a part-time and paralegal actress. Her mother is of Italian and either Scottish or Irish descent. While her father is Craig Cook who was a flight attendant and is African American. Alicia feels gratified to be of multiracial heritage. She says was able to relate different cultures.
Unfortunately, Alicia’s father left her and her mother when she was just 2 years old and since then, her mother took Alicia’s responsibility and upraised her. She does not comment on the situation of her father leaving her due to the misconception of any racial stereotype.
But, then she said in 2001,
I am not in contact with my father. That’s fine. It bothered me very much when I was younger and made me angry. But it helped show me what a strong woman my mother was, and made me want to be strong like her.
Alicia thinks that it’s better this way that she realized her mother’s great role in her life.
Alicia Keys Is Married To Husband Kasseem Dean Aka Swizz Beatz
Alicia is married to Kasseem Dean aka Swizz Beatz, whom she has known since they were teenagers due to the musical passion that both share. Swizz Beatz is a music producer, rapper as well as a songwriter. Let’s read about their married life.
Alicia got married to Swizz Beatz in the year 2010 in a private ceremony. They both have 2 sons: Egypt Daoud Dean who is presently 9 years old and Genesis Ali Dean who is presently 5 years old. Swizz Beatz also has other 3 children from different women, and they are now step kids of Alicia.
We first met when we were something like 16—a high-school friend of his ended up being managed by the same people as me. He and I used to hang out and say things like, ‘Maybe we’ll work together one day.’ It’s cute that we knew each other when we were 16 but it was not an instant connection. It was a very slow burn, but it does still burn and it’s beautiful.
Alicia Keys Ethnicity
Alicia feels honored to be biracial. She even is married to Swizz, who is a Muslim and she says,
I love learning about different religions and discovering the different ways to worship, and to love the greatness and the higher being that surrounds us all. I definitely believe in a bigger presence, and I really respect all religions; at their core, they all teach the same message—community and kindness and looking out for each other.
Quick Facts About Alicia Keys
Name: Alicia Augello Cook, professionally known as Alicia Key
Birthdate: January 25, 1981
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.
Other names: Lellow
Occupation: Musician, Singer, Songwriter, producer, actress
Spouse: Swizz Beatz
Net Worth: $100 million