Alicia Keys Net Worth
A singer, songwriter, and actress from the United States, Alicia Keys has a career that has earned her a net worth of $150 million. This figure represents the total wealth that she and her husband, the record producer Swizz Beatz, have amassed. They very much split everything evenly in terms of net value.
Alicia Keys Early Life And Career Beginning
On January 25, 1981, Alicia Augello Cook made her debut into the world in Manhattan, New York City. She performs under the stage name Alicia Keys in the music industry. She is the sole child of her mother, Teresa Augello, and one of three children that her father, Craig Cook, has.
Keys was adopted when she was a baby. Her mother was left to raise her as a single parent in the Hell’s Kitchen district of New York City when her father abandoned the family when she was only two years old.
She began her singing career at a young age, making her stage debut in a school musical performance when she was still in preschool. As a young girl, Keys started taking piano classes after a friend gave her an older instrument as a present. She had begun her study in the classical style of piano playing by the time she was seven years old.
She would keep studying classical music right up until she became 18 years old. In addition to this, when she was twelve years old, she joined in the Professional Performing Arts School, where she received instruction in the areas of music, dance, theatre, and choir.
Through the youth group Teens in Motion, Keys first made the acquaintance of her manager, Jeff Robinson, when she was just 13 years old.
He took on the role of a guide or a mentor for her, bringing her along to meetings with lawyers and record label discussions so that she could learn about the music business and observe it firsthand. Robinson got her in touch with the A&R executive Peter Edge, and the two of them assisted her in producing some song demos that she could play for the executives of the record business.
The subsequent competitive bidding process resulted in Columbia Records emerging victorious by providing her a white baby grand piano for a total of $26,000.
After signing a recording contract with Columbia, Keys continued her study and completed her high school diploma a year early, at the age of 16, earning the valedictorian position. After that, she received a scholarship to attend Columbia University.
She had a difficult time juggling the hard time schedule of her university course load in addition to working in the recording studio, and as a result, she made the decision to leave college after just one month in order to devote her entire attention to music.
However, she was highly dissatisfied with the lack of control that she had over her music since Columbia attempted to construct a particular image for her and forced her to collaborate with producers that she did not want to work with.
This caused her a great deal of frustration. Keys eventually negotiated her way out of her contract with Columbia Records with the assistance of Robinson and Clive Davis, the head of Arista Records, and signed with Arista Records in the late year of 1998. After Davis was fired from Arista in the year 2000, the release of her album was again delayed; however, when he created his own record company, J Records, he promptly signed her to it.
Alicia Keys Music Career
Now signed to J Records, Keys has begun to promote her impending debut album by giving performances on television shows such as “The Tonight Show” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” In April of 2001, she launched her debut single, which was titled “Fallin’,” and it quickly ascended to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
Her first full-length studio album, titled “Songs in A Minor,” was released in June of 2001 to generally positive reviews from music critics. It began its run on the Billboard 200 chart at position one and went on to sell more than 6.2 million copies in the United States.
This CD included songs and/or music that had been turned down for release by Columbia Records in the past. However, the fact that Keys stuck to her guns and did not give in to Columbia’s demands paid off in the form of six Grammy Award nominations for the album in question.
Song of the Year, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, Best New Artist, and Best R&B Album were the other five Grammys that Alicia Keys won at the 2002 Grammy Awards. Keys was also named the recipient of the Grammy for Song of the Year.
Her subsequent albums “The Diary of Alicia Keys” (2003) and “As I Am” (2007) all did well on the charts, and she was awarded two Grammys for the song “No One” (which was included on the album “As I Am”) in 2008. The albums “The Element of Freedom” (2009), “Girl on Fire” (2012), “Here” (2016), and “Alicia” are some of her previous releases (May 2020).
Alicia Keys Acting And TV Career
After making her debut in the heist movie “Smokin’ Aces” (2007), Keys went on to star in the comedies “The Nanny Diaries” (2007) and “The Secret Life of Bees” (2007). (2008). She has also made guest appearances on a variety of television series, including “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” “Empire,” and “Saturday Night Live.”
In addition, Keys has participated in a number of reality music competition series, including as “The X Factor Australia” (Season 4), “The Voice” (Seasons 7, 11-12, and 14), and “The Voice Germany.” Keys’ roles on these shows have included that of a judge, a coach, or a musical guest (Season 6).
Alicia Keys Other Projects
Keys has pursued a number of other endeavours outside from music. In 2005, she published “Tears for Water: Songbook of Poems and Lyrics,” a collection of her poetry and song lyrics. It was a New York Times best-seller because it contained previously unpublished poems and songs from the singer.
Her book, “More Myself: A Journey,” was published in March 2020. Keys and her production and songwriting collaborator Kerry “Krucial” Brothers are also co-owners of the Long Island recording company The Oven Studios. Both Keys and Brothers created the production and lyric-writing duo KrucialKeys, which works on both of their albums as well as those of other artists.
Additionally, Keys has served as the face of several companies throughout the years. For Dove’s Go Fresh range in 2008, she appeared in a commercial micro-series. In addition, she appeared in an American Express advertisement and inked an endorsement contract with VitaminWater.
Alicia Keys Personal Life
Kerry Brothers, a longtime colleague and friend of Keys’, was Keys’ girlfriend until 2008. Swizz Beatz, a hip hop artist and producer, was her new boyfriend at the time. Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz married in July 2010 and welcomed their son in October of the same year, at which point Keys gave birth to their first child. In December of the same year, she gave birth to their second child, a baby boy.
Alicia Keys Property
Enlarged mansions in Englewood, New Jersey, were purchased by Alicia and Swizz for $10.4 million in 2013. Eddie Murphy was the seller of the 5.4-acre property, which contains a 25,000-square-foot building. There are 32 rooms in one home alone. They spent $1.7 million on an adjacent property in 2015. In 2015, they put the property on the market for the first time at $14.9 million. For $9.9 million, they re-listed it in 2016. In April of 2022, they eventually agreed to take $6 million.
Lenny Kravitz sold the condo to them in 2010 for $12.75 million, and they sold it in 2013 for a little profit. The house in Phoenix, which they sold in 2021 for $3.1 million, was also one of their earlier possessions.
It was initially marketed for $30 million, but Alicia and Swizz paid just $20.8 million in September 2019 for an extravagant property in La Jolla, California.
For the first time since the Jindal Film Centre in Macedon, New York, was shut down in August 2019, Swiss and Alicia Keys revealed plans to convert the 111-acre site into a “musical paradise” by redeveloping the three-building facility. Using the space, they want to build a performing arts centre and record studio.