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Alicia Keys with Miguel

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Apr 18, 2013

Thu 7:30 PM

1901 West Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60612

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  • Alicia Keys
  • Miguel

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Alicia Keys: Though she's recently taken some time off to raise a family, Alicia Keys remains one of the most talented R&B musicians of the past decade. With an astounding 14 Grammys won and over 30 million albums sold, Keys retains a special place in the mainstream music world as a "Queen of R&B." While Alicia Keys hasn't released an album in a few years, she recently released a 10th Anniversary Edition of Songs in A Minor. She also newly performed a few intimate 2011 tour dates that ended in June, proving that Alicia Keys isn't done with music just yet.

A classically trained pianist, Alicia Keys mainly produced soundtrack contributions until the release of her debut album, Songs in A Minor, in 2001. The album has gone platinum six times and won Keys five Grammys that year, catapulting the artist into the upper echelons of stardom. Successful tour dates followed and Keys experienced similar success with her follow-ups, The Diary of Alicia Keys and As I am. Alicia Keys is also the only female artist to have an MTV Unplugged album reach #1 on the charts. The album capitalized on the popularity of Alicia Keys' tour dates, where the overall focal point is Alicia at her piano.

Since her marriage to Swizz Beatz and the birth of her son in 2009, Alicia Keys has remained out of the public and commercial eye, which is the reason for so few tour dates in 2011. Only time will tell when Alicia Keys will return full-time to her career, so keep a keen eye out for any news on her return.

Miguel: Miguel Jontel Pimentel was born in the San Pedro neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. He is one of two sons born to a Mexican father and an African american mother. Miguel's parents divorced when he was eight years old. At a young age, Miguel listened to classic rock, hip hop, funk and rhythm and blues. At age 13, he began pursuing a career in music.

Miguel cites musicians Prince, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Freddie Mercury, Phil Collins, Donny Hathaway, The Notorious B.I.G. and Kanye West, as well as the band Queen as his influences, in addition to expressing his admiration for Stevie Wonder, John Lennon and Diane Warren. Miguel revealed his desire to have worked with James Brown, whom he considers the "last innovator for me when it comes to soul". In addition to singing, Miguel also plays the guitar. He incorporates R&B, funk, hip hop, rock and electronic into his music. Miguel described his sound as "nostalgic in a sense that it's familiar... it's shocking, edgy, energizing". In an interview with Paper magazine, he regarded his music as "fly, funkadelic" and "intergalactic-hip-hop-meets-sexy-orgasmic crazy."

After making his contribution to Usher's Raymond v. Raymond in 2010, Miguel released his debut single titled "All I Want Is You", which features J. Cole and was produced by Salaam Remi. It is the lead single from his debut album of the same title.

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