A Minor is one of my all-time favorite keys to play in. It's a very moody key, and also 'A' is the first letter of my name. It just represents the songs through my eyes.
And I act the way that I... the same way that I wanna do in music, and really making emotion to come across. That's definitely the same affect that I wanna have on film.
And I love kick boxing. It's a lot of fun. It gives you a lot of confidence when you can kick somebody in the head.
And I'm happy that I'm not super skinny.
And when I was in Europe, we did a show with Phil Collins.
Anthony Hamilton, especially, is somebody I really respect.
But as a woman, my job is to make you work as hard as possible so I can really see where your head is at.
But when I first fell in love with the piano, I knew it was me. I was dying to play.
Funny enough, today I was in my dressing room, and I was... I've been messing around with this melody for a while, but today was the day when I came up with the music for it.
Growing up, we didn't have anybody but each other to survive in the city.
I am a woman who's evolving, still growing a lot, still searching a lot.
I believe Aids is the most important issue we face, because how we treat the poor is a reflection of who we are as a people.
I feel like B sides are always better, no matter whose record it is.
I had a New Kids washcloth that when submerged in hot water turned different colors.
I had to do all these dreaded scales, and out of the blue, I'd become exhausted.
I have made phone calls to men I fancy and I will make the phone call again. It always works - always.
I knew I wanted it to be in a diary form, because that's the way I write my music.
I like Malibu - coconut rum and pineapple juice. Something nice and ladylike.
I like my hair braided because it can be any design and style that I want. And it's pretty and it's different.
I like somebody who has an, like an aura, like a special aura that definitely has some confidence in there. And somebody who has a close relationship with his mother and who treats women well.
I like somebody who is ambitious, who is very strong-minded but still sensitive, and I like somebody who knows how to talk and how to listen.
I lived with my mom in a really small apartment. My bedroom was like in the living room. That's why I still love to sleep on couches now.
I love my own music.
I love Outkast's record. I love how they stretch the boundaries. I love that in an artist.
I love the written word so much, I know it's gonna flow naturally.
I loved grand pianos and small pianos, too.
I promised myself that I'd never actually admit to listening to New Kids on the Block.
I really like to live my life in a low-key fashion.
I recently received, as a gift, a photo of Janis Joplin and Tina Turner onstage at Madison Square Garden.
I run in the spring and summer months. It clears my head.
I see what happens when one gets very attached to material things. That's just not what my life is.
I tend to like a man who's a little bit older than I am.
I was with people who were Indian and Spanish, people who were Italian.
I went through prejudices and all, surely.
I would hate to make music and people love me for something that isn't me.
I Would say that I'm a simple person.
I'd rather not have anything than be a liar.
I'm a giving person, and I like to see people really happy.
I'm a person who's learning a lot. Always and forever learning.
I'm a very caring person.
I'm not ashamed of what I am and that I have curves and that I'm thick, t like my body.
I'm very happy with my body.
I've always been strong-minded, but I wonder.
If I didn't love it, I would not record it.
If I want to be alone, some place I can write, I can read, I can pray, I can cry, I can do whatever I want - I go to the bathroom.
It was just so easy for me because my hair is, like it's crazy. It has a mind of its own. It doesn't lie down and if I try to wear it straight, it doesn't stay because it's frizzy.
It's not until I hear songs that I've done, that I realize how much of an inspiration music from the '60s and '70s has been.
It's the way I explain to myself honestly what I feel, because I'm good at putting on a smile.
Like there'll be a moment where it's really, really personal. It's almost like me and you, and we're alone and I'm just playing. Then there'll be another moment where it just gets crazy and the energy rises. I love to show those different sides of myself.
My life is rich because I have those kinds of people in my life.
My mom is definitely my rock.
My mother is an actress, and she used to drag me from theater to theater and reading to reading.
New York is so diverse and there are so many different types of people. People couldn't care less what you are.
Not because I'm trying to be fabulous, but I love those big crazy Jackie O shades.
One time I was actually in Ohio and I was young and I got my first taste of that kind of racial thing.
Or if I'd dreamt a song and I got up to play, I'd lay my head down to think, and boom, it was morning.
People are dying to hear me say that there was a crazy amount of pressure and I was suffering under the weight on my shoulders, but I didn't feel like that.
Simplicity makes me happy.
So there were plenty of times I woke up at the piano.
Sometimes I've gotten photographs back and people have literally shaven off pieces of me, and I tell them to put it back.
Soul music is timeless.
Stevie Wonder's records introduced me to '70s soul when I was 12 or 13.
The last thing I want is to walk into my house after a long day and see all the Grammys and awards. It would make me feel weird.
The most fun about parties is that second you have to check somebody out that you're really feelin'.
There is a special man in my life. And it's my secret.
There's somebody 20 years from now that's gonna discover Curtis Mayfield for the first time and is going to be wildly inspired.
Therefore, I may challenge your musical expertise by introducing different styles, like a very early jazz record. If you find that sexy, that might make you more sexy.
This is just who I am and I'm happy that this is what people loved and accepted me for.
This young woman was the rock in her family.
What makes me feel good are the simple things in life, like somebody I can really talk to, when I'm not concerned about whether they are going to betray me.
When I was younger, I was exploring different sides of life.
When I was younger, studying classical music, I really had to put in the time. Three hours a day is not even nice - you have to put in six.
She is good friends with fellow R&B singer Usher.
Alicia wants to put together an incredible symphony, an orchestra, to bridge the musical gap between the young and old.
Alicia isn't content with stopping at movies and music, she is planning on releasing a book of her poetry, and she intends to write a fictionalized account of her childhood diary as well.
Alicia's next award goal is to win an Oscar, so that her nine Grammy Awards don't get lonely. She appeared as an assassin alongside Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, and Jeremy Piven in Joe Carnahan's movie Smokin' Aces.
Alicia was raised in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood by a single mother. She started playing an inherited piano at age 7, and began writing a journal of her own songs at age 11. She was the lead singer for a girl group called Yikes-EmBishion when she was 12.
Alicia does charity work with the African organization 'Keep A Child Alive', a group that supports children in Africa that have AIDS, but no medication. She also goesto the orphanges in Africa, and spends time with the children herself.
Alicia is notorious for never talking about her relationships, but she will divulge her plan to steer clear of marriage and children until she is at least thirty years old.
Alicia's talent for singing was discovered when she was five years old, singing in her church choir. She went on to develop her talents as a choir major at Manhattan's Professional Performance Arts School.
Alicia's release of her debut album Songs In A Minor sold more than 50,000 copies on the first day.
Alicia composed 'Dragon Days', a tune with a slightly sinister edge was written on her tour bus. She was half way through her tour, living out of her suitcase when the inspiration hit, and she played the chords on her cell phone, so she wouldn't forget them when she was back at her piano.
In January 2007, Alicia confessed to carrying a knife for protection when she was a teenager growing up in the tough New York neighbourhood, Hell's Kitchen.
Alicia went to college at New York University.
Alicia was ranked #99 on VH-1's 100 Sexiest Artists.
Alicia was ranked #65 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement.
Alicia measures a 34-inch bust.
Alicia is an only child.
She is a 9-time Grammy Award winner.