Meet our Co-Founder.
- Alicia Keys
International superstar Alicia Keys is one of the most respected singer/songwriter/producers of her generation for her unparalleled ability to create music that is simultaneously timeless and trendsetting. Her message of love, hope and freedom inspires and resonates around the world.
Keys’ multi-cultural background and multi-genre music make her the perfect face and sound of the new century. As Keys reminds us, we are all connected in this Internet/global village era, so it is crucial to love and respect everyone. Not only is she one of New York’s most popular ambassadors, but she is also a strong and powerful public voice for women everywhere.
The 15-time Grammy Award winner has garnered sales of 35 million albums. Her most recent album, 2012’s Girl on Fire, became her fourth album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200, and it also reached No. 1 on tine iTunes album chart in 19 countries.
Her hits include “Fallin’”, “Girl on Fire”, “No One”, “Empire State of Mind,” “A Woman’s Worth”, “You Don’t Know My Name”, “If I Ain’t Got You”, “Unbreakable”, and many more. Indeed, Billboard named her top R&B songs artist of the 2000s decade. VH-1 included her on its list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and Billboard ranked her as No. 10 on its list of The Top 40 Hip-Hop/R&B Artists of the Past 25 years.
Raised in Hell’s Kitchen, she began playing classical piano at age 7 and was the valedictorian of her class at Professional Performing Arts School at age 16. She attended Columbia University before deciding to sign a record deal with Clive Davis.
She became a household name with the release of her 2001 debut album, Songs in A Minor, which sold 12 million copies, won five Grammys—including Best New Artist and Song of the Year for “Fallin’”- and made her the best-selling new artist and best-selling R& B artist of 2001.
She has also emerged as a role model for women through her work as an actress, in films such as The Secret Life of Bees, The Nanny Diaries, Smokin’ Aces, and a New York Times best-selling author. She has also earned praise for her work as a director and producer of television shows (Lifetime’s Five), Broadway shows (Stick Fly) and feature films.(The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete).
The co-founder of Keep a Child Alive, she is a global activist who has been involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS for over 12 years. In 2014 Alicia co founded the We Are Here Movement to engage and educate her audience about the many issues that together prevent equality and justice across our world. She has partnered with corporations such as Dove, Reebok, Blackberry and American Express and is currently participating in Levi’s new women’s collection campaign that celebrates women of all shapes.
Keys has returned to her beloved New York roots to find inspiration for her new album, which will be released in 2016. She lives in the New York City area with her husband, producer Swizz Beatz, and their children.