- Kerry Brothers, Jr.
Ahmed Abbas, also known as "Q" or "Quix", is a American
songwriter, actorand record producer, who until recently has been the rumored boyfriend of multiple Grammy Award-winning R&B and soul singer Alicia Keys, [cite web |url=http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1521106/20060118/keys_alicia.jhtml?headlines=true |title=Alicia Keys Nearly Spills Secrets To "Jane" |accessdate=2007-09-02 |work= MTV News|date= January 18 2006] with whom he has worked on her three studio albums " Songs in A Minor" (2001), " The Diary of Alicia Keys" (2003), and " As I Am" (2007). [cite web |url=http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/_/id/8933895?rnd=1134046051968&has-player=true&version=184.108.40.2067 |title=Alicia Collaborator Krucial Goes Solo |accessdate=2007-09-02 |work= Rolling Stone|date= December 7 2005] Brothers and Keys are the co-founders of KrucialKeys Enterprises, an independent music production company, [cite web |url=http://www.ascap.com/playback/2005/summer/features/keys.html |title=Alicia Keys - A Legend Grows |accessdate=2007-09-02 |work=ASCAP |date=Summer 2005] and they also co-own a Long Island-based recording studio named The Oven Studios. [cite web |url=http://mixonline.com/mag/audio_oven_studios/ |title=Alicia Keys Opens Recording Studio in New York |accessdate=2006-12-07 |work=Mix |date= October 1 2005] In addition to Keys, he has worked with R&B and hip hop artists like Mario, Rakim, Angie Stone, Nas, and Keyshia Cole. In a prolific musical partnership with Keys that first developed in the early 1990s, Brothers helped write and produce a number of tracks for her debut and second albums, "Songs in A Minor" and "The Diary of Alicia Keys", respectively, which have both sold over seventeen million copies worldwide. Brothers has produced, written, arranged, and composed songs that have appeared on motion picture soundtracks such as "Doctor Doolittle", "Drumline", "Shaft", and "Ali". [cite web |url=http://www.emimusicpub.com/worldwide/artist_profile/kerry-brothers-jr_profile.html |title=Artist Profile - Kerry Brothers, Jr. |accessdate=2007-09-02 |work= EMIMusic Publishing]
It has been rumored for years that Alicia Keys and Kerry "Krucial" Brothers were together, and were expected to be married on July 4, 2008. However, Keys put the rumors of their relationship to rest in an interview, saying, "We have a great relationship and we will always make incredible music, so he is my partner - but we are not together like that."
* [http://www.krucialkeys.com/ KrucialKeys Enterprises official website]
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