Born and raised in New York City, Keys' mother enrolled her in music and dance classes throughout her childhood. She also took lessons in classical piano.
After having two failed record deals, Keys signed with J Records and released her first album, Songs in A Minor, in 2001. It debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 with the album's first single, "Fallin'" becoming a number 1 hit and her signature song. She has since released 4 more albums and has won 15 Grammys alomg other honors.
In addition to music, Keys has also worked as an actress, appearing films such as Smokin' Aces and The Secret Life of Bees. She has also appeared on TV shows such as American Dreams and Empire.
Personal LifeEditKeys has been married to rapper/producer Swizz Beatz (real name: Kassem Dean) since 2010. The couple have two sons, Egypt (born October 14, 2010) and Genesis (born December 27, 2014).
The Voice USAEdit
On March 25, 2016, it was announced that Keys, along with pop singer and actress Miley Cyrus, would be a coach for season 11 of the Voice. She returned for season 12 where she mentored that season's winner, R&B/soul singer Chris Blue. She had previously been an advisor to Pharrell Williams during season 7. She will be returning for season 14.