Songstress Alicia Keys burst out onto the music scene with the hit song “Falling” in 2001 and since then Keys have racked up multiple Grammys, topped the Billboards charts many times over and sold millions of albums and singles worldwide. Raised in Hell’s Kitchen, New York, Alicia started playing classical piano at age 7, was valedictorian of her class at the Professional Performing Arts School at age 16 and attended Columbia University before deciding to sign a record deal with Clive Davis.
Alicia Keys fans may only know her as a star vocalist, songwriter, classical pianist, actress, director, and producer. But her philanthropy efforts and vocal outcry for social justice usually takes center stage.
In 2003 Alicia co-founded and serves as Global Ambassador for “Keep a Child Alive,” a non-profit organization that provides healthcare, housing, and other support services to HIV/AIDS-affected communities in Africa and India. An effort to end AIDS among children and families, by combating the physical, social and economic impacts of HIV.
The New York Times best-selling author refuses to rest on her laurels and has formed and participated in a slew of other charities. Posing nude, quitting social media, and running The New York City Marathon were some of Alicia’s unique way of bringing awareness and raising funds for important causes. A devoted and influential philanthropist, Keys uses her voice when disasters strikes. She performed at the Live Earth and Live 8 concerts, as well as several concerts to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina and Sandy.
On June 30, 2018 Alicia joined John Legend, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Cher along with thousands of people across America and marched in support of #KeepFamiliesTogether to protest immigration policies.
It seems Alicia’s passion runs deep when it comes to lending a kind hand and her voice to folks in need. .