9 Things You Didn’t Know About Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys is without a doubt one of the most talented artists of her generation, but she keeps such a low profile that not a whole lot is really known about her personal life. Since she is about to be celebrating a birthday, we have 9 things you didn’t know about the Grammy-winning, chart-topping singer:
9. Alicia Wild
The Grammy-winning singer – whose real last name is Alicia Augello Cook – initially wanted to use the name Alicia Wild as her stage name, but her mother talked her out of it. “She said ‘It sounds like you’re a stripper,’” Keys told Newsweek. After that, she decided to use the name Keys instead. “It’s like the piano keys. And it can open so many doors,” she explained.
8. Record Label Drama
After high school, the singer first signed a recording contract with Columbia Records but left the label after two years because of a contract dispute. According to her, her career had stalled under Columbia’s label because of executive indecision over the direction of her career and major changes that occurred within the company. She then signed a demo deal with Jermaine Dupri and So So Def Recordings and appeared on the label’s Christmas album performing “Little Drummer Boy” and recorded a song “Dah Dee Dah (Sexy Thing)” for the movie Men in Black, but the deal never resulted in an album, so she called Clive Davis who signed her to Arista Records, which later merged with J Records.