DOB: January 25, 1981, age 30
Where: New York City, New York, USA
Genres: Soul, R&B, pop, hip hop, jazz, neo soul
Occcupations: singer/songwriter, record producer, actress
Instruments: Vocals, piano, keyboards, cello, synthesizer, vocoder, guitar, bass guitar
Years Active: 1997-present
-Raised by a single mom in Hell's Kitchen, New York
-Became the first female to have an MTV Unplugged album reach #1 since Nirvana in 1994
-Only child of Terese Augello, a paralegal and part time actress and Craig Cook, a flight attendant. Her mother is of Italian, Scottish, Irish descent while her father is African American.
-She has expressed her comfort with her biracial heritage
-In 1985, she appeared on The Cosby Show at age 4 where she and a group of girls played the parts of Rudy Huxtable's sleepover guests in the episode Slumber Party.
-In 2002, she won 5 awards at the 2002 Grammy Awards. She won Song of the Year, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song for "Fallin'", Best new Artist, Best R&B Album.
-She mad eher film debut in Smokin' Aces, playing an assassin named Georgia Sykes. Another movie she starred in was The Nanny Diaries, and most recently, The Secret Life of Bees, along with Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson. Her role in the movie earned her a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture at the NAACP Image Awards in 2008
-She collaborated with record producer Swizz Beats to write and make Million dollar Bill for Whitney Houston's 7th ablum I Look to You.
-In May 2009, her and singer Ben Jones were romantically involved and during the time of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, they took part in a union and had the unborn child blessed in a Zulu ceremony in Illovo suburb of South Africa. She ended up marrying Swizz Beats in France on the island of Corsica on July 31, 2010. She gave birth to son Egypt Daoud Ibarr Dean in NYC.
-Her musical inspirations include Barbra Streisand, Prince, Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Quincy Jones, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder
-Her music is deepluy rooted in gospel, vintage soul, and she heavily incorporates classical piano with R&B, soul, and jazz.
-She is the co-founder and Global Ambassador to Keep a Child Alive, which is a non profit organization to help provide medicine to families with HIV and AIDS in Africa.