How Old Is Alicia Keys and What Age Did She Start Singing?

Alicia Keys is many things. She’s a wife to her music producer husband, Swizz Beats; a mother to her two children, Egypt Daoud Dean and Genesis Ali Dean; an actress; a songwriter; a pianist; and a Grammy-award winning recording artist.

Alicia Keys attends Variety's Power of Women: New York at Cipriani Wall Street on April 13, 2018 in New York City.
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The songstress recognized her talents at a very young age. So just how long has she been singing? Here’s the answer to that plus some other information about the songbird including her age, her net worth, and the relationship with a family member that she needed to repair.

How old is Alicia Keys?

Keys was born Alicia Augello Cook in New York City on Jan. 25, 1981. She grew up in the Hell’s Kitchen section of Manhattan and was raised by her mother, who often worked multiple jobs to provide for her only child.

While Keys’ father was not in her life, she was close to her paternal grandmother and after she got sick, Keys decided to mend her relationship with her father.

“The process started when my grandmother became ill,” she explained. “You realize what’s important when you see a person you love dearly and you’re not going to have them for long. It was important to her. And I saw [my father’s] love for her. I realized he wasn’t an evil person so I said, ‘Can we start from this point on? Can we be friends? I can start to understand you and you can start to understand me.'”

When did she start singing?

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Keys developed a love for music at an early age as her mother always played jazz records on Sunday mornings. She sang her first song when she was 4 years old in the play Cats at her preschool. She later became interested in playing the piano and started taking lessons at the age of 7. By 14, she was writing her own songs.

Keys attended Manhattan’s prestigious Professional Performance Arts School and not only was she musically talented, but she also excelled at academics and graduated early when she was 16 years old. She was accepted to and enrolled in Columbia University, however, she left the school to pursue a career in music.

Keys initally signed with Arista Records in 1998 before she became one of Clive Davis’ first signings at his new label J Records. Her debut album, Songs in A Minor was released in 2001 and earned her five Grammy Awards. She has gone to release five more studio albums.

What is her net worth?

In addition to her successful music career, the “Girl on Fire” artist has also been acting since a young age. She appeared on The Cosby Show in 1985 and since then has been featured on several other television shows over the years including CharmedAmerican Dreams, The Backyardigans, and Empire. 

Keys has also been a judge on the reality singing competition The Voice and was reportedly paid $8 million per season for that gig. Today, she has a net worth of around $100 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

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