Alicia Keys is an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Keys began playing piano at the age of seven and later attended Professional Performing Arts School. Her debut album, Songs in A Minor, was released in 2001 and was a commercial success, winning five Grammy Awards. Since then, she has released six additional studio albums, all of which have been met with positive critical and commercial reception. Her music has spanned multiple genres including R&B, soul, and hip-hop. Keys is also a philanthropist, having founded the Keep a Child Alive Foundation in 2003. Through her activism, she has spoken out on issues such as HIV/AIDS, racial equality, and women’s rights. Her influence and impact on the music industry has been profound, with artists such as Beyoncé crediting Keys as an inspiration. Keys is married to music producer Swizz Beatz and has two children.