Songs in A Minor
1. Rock wit U
2. Piano & I
3. Woman's Worth, A
4. Jane Doe
8. How Come You Don't Call Me
2. Caged Bird
3. Why Do I Feel So Sad
4. Life, The
5. Never Felt This Way
6. Mr. Man
8. Lovin U
Performer: Alicia Keys
Artist: Isaac Hayes; Jimmy Cozier
Distributor: Sony Music Distribution (
Notes: 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.
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  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."
Precocious R&B vocalist/pianist Alicia Keys was hand-picked by Clive Davis as one of the flagship artists for his post-Arista label, J Records. No doubt he was as impressed by her multitude of skills (Keys took a large role in the writing, arranging, and production of her debut album) as by her music, which mates contemporary hip-hop accoutrements to an old-school soul sensibility � la Jill Scott or D'Angelo. Only 20 years old at the time of the album's release, Keys already seemed poised for a major career built upon her soulful voice and classically trained piano chops. While hip-hop played a much bigger role on her sophomore effort, 2003's THE DIARY OF ALICIA KEYS, it was a smash nonetheless, and subsequent recordings have further pushed the boundaries of R&B.
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