This week’s Jones Woman of the Week is a girl on fire aka talented songstress Alicia Keys.

Gifted from a young age, the multi-platinum singer, songwriter and actress grow up in New York’s Hell’ Kitchen where she began studying classical piano at just seven years old. Keys went on to enroll at NYC’s Professional Performing Arts School at age 12 began song writing at 14, before graduating high school with honors as valedictorian at just 16 years old.

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Alicia got her early start in the music industry in 1996, before taking mainstream by storm in 2001 with her debut single “Fallin.”  Her unique sense of personal style and iconic cornrow hairstyle saw the young R&B talent make her mark like none other. Since releasing her debut album Songs in A Minor back in 2001, Keys has won fifteen Grammy awards from twenty-nine nominations. She now has 5 studio albums under her belt with over 55 million records sold worldwide.

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As an actress, Keys has made guest appearances on several television shows, getting her start on the mall screen with an appearance on The Cosby Show in 1985. Most recently, Alicia played the role of Skye Summers in Fox’s hit drama series Empire. She made her debut on the big screen in the 2006 action flick Smokin’ Aces, followed by supporting roles in The Nanny Diaries and The Secret Life of Bees.

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As a philanthropist, Keys is co-founder and global ambassador for the “Keep A Child Alive” foundation. The organization provides medication to families living with HIV and AIDS in Africa.

AKeys2Keys made history over Memorial Day weekend as the first to do a live performance for the UEFA Champions League Final and recently released a new single titled “In Common.” She has also signed on to join the judges panel on season 11 of The Voice this fall.

-Joyce Koomson

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