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Format: CD
Sku: 60482160
UPC: 808132000222
UPC 14: 00808132000222
Release Date: 6/26/2001
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Piano & I ~ Alicia Keys
2. Girlfriend ~ Alicia Keys
3. How Come You Don't Call Me ~ Alicia Keys
4. Fallin' ~ Alicia Keys
5. Troubles ~ Alicia Keys
6. Rock Wit U - (with Isaac Hayes) ~ Alicia Keys
7. Woman's Worth, A ~ Alicia Keys
8. Jane Doe ~ Alicia Keys
9. Goodbye ~ Alicia Keys
10. Life, The ~ Alicia Keys
11. Mr. Man - (with Jimmy Cozier) ~ Alicia Keys
12. Never Felt This Way ~ Alicia Keys
13. Butterflyz ~ Alicia Keys
14. Why Do I Feel So Sad ~ Alicia Keys
15. Caged Bird ~ Alicia Keys
16. Loving U ~ Alicia Keys
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.

"Many young female singers court the tweenie market by exaggerating their girlish charms, but twenty-year-old Alicia Keys sings for adults. ...we're only beginning to see the depth of her talent.  Harry Thomas, Rolling Stone

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Producers: Jermaine Dupri, Brian McKnight, Alicia Keys, Kerry "Krucial" Brothers.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Manny Marroquin; Gerry "The Gov" Brown; Phil Tan; Russell Elevado; Tony Maserati .
Muze PNote Audio Remixer: Alicia Keys.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Photographer: Tony Duran .
Muze PNote Arrangers: Kandi; Kandi Burruss; Alicia Keys.

Engineer: Kerry Brothers; Gerry "The Gov" Brown; Brian Frye; Acar S. Key; Chris Wood; Rick St. Hilaire

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Isaac Hayes
Muze Guest Artist Jimmy Cozier

Artist Overview

Precocious R&B vocalist/pianist Alicia Keys was hand-picked by Clive Davis as one of the flagship artists for his post-Arista label, J Records. No doubt he was as impressed by her multitude of skills (Keys took a large role in the writing, arranging, and production of her debut album) as by her music, which mates contemporary hip-hop accoutrements to an old-school soul sensibility ? la Jill Scott or D'Angelo. Only 20 years old at the time of the album's release, Keys already seemed poised for a major career built upon her soulful voice and classically trained piano chops. While hip-hop played a much bigger role on her sophomore effort, 2003's THE DIARY OF ALICIA KEYS, it was a smash nonetheless, and subsequent recordings have further pushed the boundaries of R&B.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Totally R&b
Muze Music Compilations Djin Djin
Muze Music Compilations Backyardigans:born To Play
Muze Music Compilations Quantum Of Solace
Muze Music Compilations Blueprint 3(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Blueprint 3
Muze Music Compilations Sex And The City 2 (Soundtrack)
Muze Music Compilations Thank Me Later
Muze Music Compilations Hits Collection Volume One(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Hits Collection Volume One
Muze Music Compilations Coleccion Definitiva
Muze Music Compilations Coleccion Definitiva
Muze Music Compilations Essential Nas(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Essential Nas
Muze Music Compilations GOD'S SON(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations So Amazing:all Star Tribute To Luther
Muze Music Compilations ORIGINAL ALBUM CLASSICS(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Confessions (Special Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Amazing Spider Man 2 (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Amazing Spider Man 2 (ost)
Muze Music Compilations 12 12 12:Concert For Sandy Relief

Associated Artists and Works

Arneson, Mark
Eve (Rap)
White, Jack
White, Jack (White Stripes)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 06/26/2001
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2001
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 80813200022
Music Label Name Label : J Records
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00808132000222

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.74)
- 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."

Rolling Stone (1/03/02, p.118)
- Ranked #2 in Rolling Stone's "Top 10 2001".

Rolling Stone (7/19/01, p.53)
- 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..."

Entertainment Weekly (6/29-7/6/01, p.144)
- "...A debut full of promise..." - Rating: B

Q (1/03, p.56)
- Included in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums Ever"

Q (9/01, p.110)
- 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..."

Uncut (11/01, p.112)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...Frequently stunning....Keys soars like a young Aretha Franklin..."

CMJ (4/30/01, p.21)
- "...The singer showcases her classical piano training atop slow and somber percussion...her deep soulful voice and heartfelt delivery carry the songs..."

Mojo (Publisher)
(1/02, p.71)
- Ranked #27 in Mojo's "Best [40] Albums of 2001".

Record Collector (magazine)
- 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."


The 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.

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