Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Alicia Keys
Song:If I Ain't Got You
Unlike a lot of today's female R & B singers, Alicia Keys clearly has the talent to overcome stereotypes. She was born Jan. 25, 1980 in New York City. She started training in classical piano at age 7 and went to high school at New York's Professional Performing Arts School. At age 16, she signed with Jermaine Dupri's SoSoDef label. She had one song on the Men In Black soundtrack and then nothing. I recall seeing her on BET's Planet Groove at the time wondering who she was. She signed with Arista and Clive Davis took her to his new J Records label when he left Arista. Her 2001 debut Songs In A Minor was a huge hit. She's obviously very talented and her looks help too. Her subsequent CDs have done just as well. This Unplugged CD was recorded July 14, 2005. You should start with her two previous CDs but she's a very strong live performer. Keys has also gotten into movies. She made her film debut earlier this year in Smoking Aces. She has a film deal with Disney and is developing a remake of the 1958 film Bell, Book & Candle. Her new CD As I Am is due in November so I'm sure we'll start seeing her promote that shortly. The main thing is Alicia Keys continues to write & produce her own songs with Kerry "Krucial" Brothers so she'll be OK if she stays away from gimmicks. Here's the video for If I Ain't Got You by Alicia Keys.