Keys: Mom Stopped Her From Picking Stage Name That Sounded Like a Stripper

Published: Nov. 12, 2007 at 4:31 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 12, 2007 at 4:32 PM EST
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NEW YORK (AP) - If it weren't for her mother, Alicia Keys might have a radically different image.

Keys, who has a new album titled "As I Am," says that when she was trying to choose a professional name she went through a dictionary and stopped on the word "wild."

She tells Newsweek in the magazine's Nov. 19 issue that she asked her mother how Alicia Wild sounded to her.

"She said "It sounds like you're a stripper,"' Keys said.

After that, she decided to use Keys.

"It's like the piano keys. And it can open so many doors," said the singer born Alicia Augello-Cook.