Songs In A Minor CD (2001)

Artist: Alicia Keys

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Product Overview

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.


Label Bmg/j Records
SKU 60482160
UPC 808132000222
UPC 14 00808132000222
Format CD
Release Date 6/26/2001
Author Alicia Keys
Associated Artist/Work Arneson, Mark
Associated Artist/Work Eve (Rap)
Associated Artist/Work White, Jack
Associated Artist/Work White, Jack (White Stripes)
Artist Influence Brenda Russell (Singer/Songwriter)
Artist Influence D'Angelo
Artist Influence Erykah Badu
Artist Influence Isaac Hayes
Artist Influence Janet Jackson
Artist Influence Jay-Z
Artist Influence Lauryn Hill
Artist Influence Marvin Gaye
Artist Influence Mary J. Blige
Artist Influence Maxwell (R&B)
Artist Influence Nina Simone
Artist Influence Oleta Adams
Artist Influence Prince
Artist Influence Roberta Flack
Artist Influence Sade
Artist Influence Stevie Wonder
Artist Contemporary Amel Larrieux
Artist Contemporary Amy Winehouse
Artist Contemporary Angie Stone
Artist Contemporary Bilal
Artist Contemporary Chrisette Michele
Artist Contemporary D'Angelo
Artist Contemporary Des'ree
Artist Contemporary Dwele
Artist Contemporary Erykah Badu
Artist Contemporary India.Arie
Artist Contemporary Jennifer Hudson
Artist Contemporary Jessie Ware
Artist Contemporary Jill Scott
Artist Contemporary John Legend
Artist Contemporary Kelly Price
Artist Contemporary Lalah Hathaway
Artist Contemporary Ledisi
Artist Contemporary Leela James
Artist Contemporary Macy Gray
Artist Contemporary Marsha Ambrosius
Artist Contemporary Melanie Amaro
Artist Contemporary Musiq (Soulchild)
Artist Contemporary Nao Yoshioka
Artist Contemporary Noel Gourdin
Artist Contemporary Rahsaan Patterson
Artist Contemporary Robin Thicke
Artist Contemporary Sunshine Anderson
Artist Contemporary Syleena Johnson
Artist Contemporary Toni Braxton
Artist Follower Bridget Kelly
Artist Follower Charlotte OC
Artist Follower Elle Varner
Artist Follower Kanisha K
Artist Follower Lauriana Mae
Artist Follower Rozzi Crane
Technical Info
Engineer Kerry Brothers; Gerry "The Gov" Brown; Brian Frye; Acar S. Key; Chris Wood; Rick St. Hilaire
CatalogID 80813200022
Lable Name J Records
Released 06/26/2001
Original Release 2001
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 63m : 4s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00808132000222
Musical Guests
Isaac Hayes
Jimmy Cozier
Album Notes and Credits
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 .
Arrangers: Kandi; Kandi Burruss; Alicia Keys.
Artist Overview
Alicia Keys became an international star through her singular mix of classic and contemporary R&B. Her debut album, Songs in A Minor, sold more than 50,000 copies during its first day of availability in 2001 and eventually moved over ten million units worldwide, thus setting the stage for the then-20-year-old's long career. She was just behind D'Angelo, and ahead of Norah Jones, as the second singer, songwriter, and keyboardist to top the Billboard 200 during the 2000s. The Diary of Alicia Keys cemented her popularity two years later, and she spent well over the next decade refining her signature sound, racking up gold and platinum certifications, and collaborating with the likes of Jay-Z, Emeli Sand?, and Frank Ocean. ~ Andy Kellman
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) (p.96) - 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."
Artist Bio
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.
Disc 1
1 Piano & I
2 Girlfriend
3 How Come You Don't Call Me
4 Fallin'
5 Troubles
6 Rock Wit U - (with Isaac Hayes)
7 Woman's Worth, A
8 Jane Doe
9 Goodbye
10 Life, The
11 Mr. Man - (with Jimmy Cozier)
12 Never Felt This Way
13 Butterflyz
14 Why Do I Feel So Sad
15 Caged Bird
16 Loving U
Harry Thomas, Rolling Stone 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.

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