|Alicia Keys was an accomplished pianist by age 15. In late 1999, she followed Clive Davis to his J Records where she continues to chart her arrival to the music world. Songs In A Minor shows signs of both a critical and commercial monster - a deep, melodic, soulful gem of an album that showcases Alicia in all her universal glory. Though most of the album- including the luminous "Fallin'" and the moving "Troubles" - was written and produced by Alicia Keys, the artist collaborates with Jermaine Dupri on "Girlfriend" and with Isaac Hayes on "Rock Wit U" from the Shaft soundtrack.|
Album Notes and Credits
Notes & Personnel Info
|Personnel: Alicia Keys (vocals, various instruments, piano, keyboards); Jimmy Cozier (vocals): Gerald "G" Flowers, Arty White (guitar); Miri (violin); Isaac Hayes (Fender Rhodes piano); Brian Cox (keyboards); Richie Good (upright bass); Tim Shider, Vic Flowers, Rufus Jackson (electric bass); Norman Hedman (percussion); Kerry "Krucial" Brothers, Anthony Nance (programming); Cindy Mizelle, Tammy Saunders, Andricka Hall, Paul L. Green, Kandi B (background vocals).|
|Producers: Jermaine Dupri, Brian McKnight, Alicia Keys, Kerry "Krucial" Brothers.|
|Alicia Keys won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best New Artist. SONGS IN A MINOR won the 2002 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. "Fallin'" won the 2002 Grammy Awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and for Best R&B Song.|
|Personnel: Alicia Keys (vocals, piano, keyboards, background vocals); Arty White, Cato (guitar); Isaac Hayes (Fender Rhodes piano); John Peters (organ); Brian Cox (keyboards); Richie Goods (acoustic bass, electric bass); Norman Hedman (percussion); Kerry Brothers, Anthony Nance (drum programming); Cindy Mizelle, Kandi Burruss, Paul Green, Andricka Hall (background vocals).|
|Audio Mixers: Manny Marroquin; Gerry "The Gov" Brown; Phil Tan; Russell Elevado; Tony Maserati .|
|Audio Remixer: Alicia Keys.|
|Recording information: Backroom Studios, Glendale, CA (1998-2001); Battery Sounds, New York, NY (1998-2001); Battery Studios, New York, NY (1998-2001); Doppler Studio, Atlanta, GA (1998-2001); Hit Factory, New York, NY (1998-2001); KrucialKeys Studios, New York, NY (1998-2001); SouthSide Studios, Atlanta, GA (1998-2001); The Hit Factory, New York, NY (1998-2001); Unique Recording Studios, New York, NY (1998-2001).|
|Photographer: Tony Duran .|
|Unknown Contributor Role: Tim Shider.|
|Arrangers: Kandi; Kandi Burruss; Alicia Keys.|
Engineer: Kerry Brothers; Gerry "The Gov" Brown; Brian Frye; Acar S. Key; Chris Wood; Rick St. Hilaire
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 | Musiq (Soulchild) | Noel Gourdin | Rahsaan Patterson | Robin Thicke | Sunshine Anderson | Syleena Johnson | Toni Braxton
Associated Artists and Works
|White, Jack (White Stripes)|
|Release Date : 06/26/2001|
|Original Release Date : 2001|
|Catalog ID : 80813200022|
|Label : J Records|
|Number of Discs : 1|
|Studio/Live : Studio|
|Mono/Stereo : Stereo|
|SPAR Code : n/a|
|UPC : 00808132000222|
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "With her classically trained voice and keyboard chops, Keys reintroduced the idea of a self-reliant R&B singer-songwriter -- a type that stretches back to Stevie Wonder."
- Ranked #2 in Rolling Stone's "Top 10 2001".
- 3 stars out of 5 - "...Keys shows a maturity beyond her years...suggesting down-home R&B contemporaries like Jill Scott as well as yesteryear's soul sophisticates..."
- "...A debut full of promise..." - Rating: B
- Included in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums Ever"
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...A prime candidate to head up the nu-soul revolution...with a voice that challenges Mary J. Blige's....Key's R&B trips to a fundamentally more old-skool set of values....Her sincerity is another plus..."
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...Frequently stunning....Keys soars like a young Aretha Franklin..."
- "...The singer showcases her classical piano training atop slow and somber percussion...her deep soulful voice and heartfelt delivery carry the songs..."
- Ranked #27 in Mojo's "Best  Albums of 2001".
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "SONGS IN A MINOR has dated well -- cuts the likes of 'Fallin'' and 'A Woman's Worth' still sound fresh."
BioThe artistic light of Alicia Keys is so bright it could illuminate a pitch-black room. A true musical prodigy whose multi-dimensional gifts emerged at age five, the beautiful Alicia is taking modern R&B soul to a whole new level at the tender age of nineteen. 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 though she gave it a whirl, the desire to focus on music was the driving force over all else.