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About R. Kelly


About R. Kelly
© Jive Records.

Born & Raised:

Full name: Robert Sylvester Kelly.
Born Jan. 8, 1967 in Chicago, Ill. Raised in Chicago.

Early Life:

Robert Kelly was raised by his mother Joanne in Chicago's inner-city projects, along with two brothers and sister. After a shooting by a mugger as a teenager, Kelly looked to basketball and music as a way to escape a life of hardships. Guided by a teacher named Lena McLin, Kelly entered a career in music after singing the Stevie Wonder classic "Ribbon in the Sky" at a talent show.

Public Announcement:

In January 1992, a few days after his 25th birthday, Kelly and his then-group Public Announcement recorded their debut album, "Born Into the '90s" which went on to spawn several hit singles, including "She's Got that Vibe," "Slow Dance" and "Honey Love." The album was a major success and went on to sell over a million copies.

Solo Career:

Kelly and Public Announcement eventually parted ways, and Robert went on to even bigger success as a solo artist, releasing seven hit solo albums: 12 Play, R. Kelly, R., TP.2.com, Chocolate Factory, Happy People/You Saved Me and TP-3: Reloaded. He has also released a greatest hits collection as well as two albums with rap artist Jay-Z and multiple greatest hits/best-of collections.

The Scandals:

In June 2002, Kelly was indicted in Chicago on charges related to a videotape allegedly showing him having sex with a 14-year-old girl. (He was acquitted during a jury trial on June 13, 2008.) In 2004, allegations emerged that among Kelly's sex tapes was one with him with Gospel singer Deleon Richards, the now-wife of New York Yankees baseball player Gary Sheffield. And Kelly's wife sought a restraining order against him on Sept. 2, 2005 claiming he attacked her on two occasions. She rescinded the request three weeks later. And in 2008 singer Joe Thomas accused Kelly of sabotaging his career when they both with Jive Records.


R. Kelly had the most Billboard Top 40 hits of any male artist during the 1990s with 15.
He had the longest-running No. 1 single on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart with "Bump & Grind" staying at No. 1 for ten straight weeks.
He was also responsible for the second longest-running No. 1 single on the chart that year with Janet Jackson's "Any Time, Any Place," which stayed at No. 1 for 10 weeks in 1994.

Notable Quote:

"My talent has overwhelmed me -- it automatically beats the pen and pad to the punch. Lyrics come just like that, out of nowhere. God blessed me with a talent I don't see anybody else with." -- R. Kelly to Vibe magazine, 2004.

Solo Discography:

2012: Write Me Back
2010: Love Letter
2009: Untitled
2007: Double Up
2005: TP.3 Reloaded
2004: Happy People/U Saved Me
2003: The R. in R&B Collection, Vol. 1
2003: Chocolate Factory
2000: TP-2.com
1998: R.
1995: R. Kelly
1993: 12 Play

Grammys Won:

1998: Best R&B Song for "I Believe I Can Fly."
1998: Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "I Believe I Can Fly."
1998: Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media for "I Believe I Can Fly."

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