I agreed to let Leonard Rowe promote my tour because he convinced me he was an underdog who deserved a chance to prove himselfTour promoter ordered to pay Kelly $3.4M Oct 06, 2008
The idea that R. Kelly had anything to do with Ne-Yo being dropped from the 'Double Up' tour is just plain sillyR. Kelly disavows tossing Ne-Yo from tour Jan 03, 2008
I have to walk with a certain humility. I have to walk with love in my heart for those that hate meR. Kelly's comparisons raise eyebrows May 17, 2007
I'm the Ali of today. I'm the Marvin Gaye of today. I'm the Bob Marley of today. I'm the Martin Luther King, or all the other greats that have come before us. And a lot of people are starting to realize that nowR. Kelly's comparisons raise eyebrows May 17, 2007
His lawsuit is a pathetic collection of half-truths, distortions and outright liesAnother lawsuit filed against R. Kelly Oct 05, 2006
Robert Sylvester Kelly (born January 8, 1967), better known by his stage name R. Kelly, is an American R&B singer-songwriter, arranger, performer and record producer. Debuting in 1992 with the group Public Announcement, Kelly went solo in 1993 with the album 12 Play. He is known for a collection of major hit singles including "Bump N' Grind", "Your Body's Callin'", "I Believe I Can Fly", "Gotham City", "Ignition (Remix)", "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time", "The World's Greatest", "I'm a Flirt", and the hip-hopera "Trapped in the Closet". In 1998, Kelly won three Grammy Awards for "I Believe I Can Fly".
Kelly has also written, produced and remixed songs for many artists including Ronald Isley and The Isley Brothers, The Winans, Charlie Wilson, Quincy Jones, Luther Vandross, Vanessa L. Williams, N-Phase, Changing Faces (group), Aaliyah, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, Celine Dion, gospel group Trin-I-Tee 5:7, Hi-Five, 112 (band), K-Ci & JoJo of Jodeci, Gerald Levert, Michael Jackson, Maxwell (musician), Syleena Johnson, Kelly Price, Brian McKnight, Trisha Yearwood, Tamia, Nivea, Britney Spears, Usher, Ray J, Mary J. Blige, Joe (singer), Ginuwine, Tyrese, Twista, Cassidy, Ciara, DJ Quik, B2K, Nick Cannon, Jennifer Lopez, and Marques Houston among others.
Born on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, Kelly was the third of four children. Kelly's single mother, Joanne, was a singer and a Baptist. Kelly's father was absent throughout most of Kelly's life. Kelly began singing in church at age eight. In Chicago, Kelly's family lived in the projects at 63rd Street before relocating to a small house at 107th and Parnell Streets. Kelly entered Kenwood Academy in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood in the fall of 1980 where he met his music teacher Lena McLin, who encouraged Kelly to perform the Stevie Wonder classic Ribbon in the Sky in a highschool talent show. As a teenager, Kelly began street performing (or busking) under the Chicago 'L' trains before he eventually formed a group with his friend Marc McWilliams. In 1989, Kelly and McWilliams formed the group MGM (Musically Gifted Men). Along with Vincent Corey Walker and Shawnth Brooks, Kelly performed on the TV talent show Big Break, hosted by Natalie Cole, and went on to win the $100,000 grand prize.