Born aware of her old soul yet living in New York's inner city amidst the dominance of Biggie and Jay Z, Alicia's natural talents blossomed into a rare mix of hip-hop flavor and insightful, wise-beyond-her-years songwriting. Coupling this with the singer's spine-tingling vocal power, positively stirring live performances and expertise as a classically trained pianist, Alicia Keys could be this generation's Roberta Flack.
Highly sought-after by record labels that held good, old-fashioned bidding wars in her honor, Alicia signed to Arista Records in 1998. There she continued the process of writing, producing and recording the debut she'd begun penning at age 14. In late 1999, Alicia followed Clive Davis to his new J Records where she continues to chart her arrival to the music world.Creations now rising out of the studio show signs of both a critical and commercial monster--a deep, melodic, soulful gem of an album that showcases Alicia in all her universal glory.
Born and raised in Manhattan, the stunning, bi-racial Alicia Keys recognizes a number of influences including her ultra-supportive mother who told her "You can quit anything else but you can never give up on your piano lessons." Alicia also sites a teacher at the Professional Performance Arts School in Manhattan who, while she was majoring in Choir, gave her valuable instruction on her voice. "This teacher spent so much time with me, she became the closest thing to vocal training I received," Alicia recalls.
At age 16, Alicia's outstanding grades allowed her to finish high school early. "I was so deeply involved in music, I had already outgrown all the pressure of high school cliques and gossip." Right out of high school, Columbia University accepted Alicia Keys and
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"Another masterpiece. Dot Music
"A proper soul album which hooks you with the first pneumatic beat and draws you deeper with every heady atmosphere and vivid emotion. Q Magazine
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Personnel includes: Alicia Keys (vocals, piano, synthesizer); Tony! Toni! Tone! (vocals); Rich Harrison, Andre Harris, Vidal Davis (various instruments); Sharif Hobley, Artie White, Ricky Quinones (guitar); Dwayne Wiggins (sitar, bass); Sanford Allen (violin); Richard Brice (viola); Eileen Folson (cello); Dave Watson (flute, saxophone); Joe Romano, Dave Watson (horns); Onree Gill (Fender Rhodes piano); Arckel Vickers (organ); Artie Reynolds, Steve Rodriguez (bass); Paul John, Steve Jordan (drums); Pablo Batista (percussion); Kerry "Crucial" Brothers, Easy Mo Bee (programming); Taneisha Smith, Erika Rose, L. Green, Cindy Mizelle, Katrese Barnes (background vocals).|
|Producers include: Alicia Keys, Andre Harris, Vidal Davis, Rich Harrison, Kerry "Crucial" Brothers.|
|On THE DIARY OF ALICIA KEYS, the classically trained vocalist/pianist follows up the success of her lauded debut by displaying an even more formidable knack for sophisticated soul. The elegant piano intro of "Harlem's Nocturne" quickly gives way to a driving beat and Keys' admission that "there are so many things that are on my mind." This sentiment proves true, as Keys proceeds to run through a wide range of musical styles, from string-laden R&B on "Karma" to Timbaland-produced funk on "Heartburn" to a potent soul-pop medley of "If I Was Your Woman/Walk On By."|
|Keys' personal touch on DIARY extends to her role as producer on many of the album's tracks, including the sultry, show-stopping "If I Ain't Got You" and the haunting "Diary" (featuring Tony! Toni! Tone!). As this confident sophomore album reveals, SONGS IN A MINOR was no fluke. In fact, DIARY shows Keys just starting to hit her musical stride.|
|Tony Toni Tone|
Brenda Russell (Singer/Songwriter) | D'Angelo | Erykah Badu | Isaac Hayes | Janet Jackson | Jay-Z | Lauryn Hill | Marvin Gaye | Mary J. Blige | Maxwell (R&B) | Nina Simone | Oleta Adams | Prince | Roberta Flack | Sade | Stevie Wonder
Amel Larrieux | Amy Winehouse | Angie Stone | Bilal | Chrisette Michele | D'Angelo | Des'ree | Dwele | Erykah Badu | India.Arie | Jennifer Hudson | Jessie Ware | Jill Scott | John Legend | Kelly Price | Lalah Hathaway | Ledisi | Leela James | Macy Gray | Marsha Ambrosius | Melanie Amaro | Musiq (Soulchild) | Noel Gourdin | Rahsaan Patterson | Robin Thicke | Sunshine Anderson | Syleena Johnson | Toni Braxton
Associated Artists and Works
|White, Jack (White Stripes)|
|Release Date : 12/02/2003|
|Original Release Date : 2003|
|Catalog ID : 55712|
|Label : J Records|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00828765571227|
- 3 stars out of 5 - "...An assured, adult statement, steeped in the complicated love life and musical dreams of an ambitious young woman who has absorbed enough Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin records to live up to [her] soul promise..."
- "...[The album features] some of Keys' liveliest music..." - Rating: B
- 4 stars out of 5 - "It's a proper soul album which hooks you with the first pneumatic beat and draws you deeper with every heady atmosphere and vivid emotion."