R. Kelly Biography & Photos

R. Kelly (born January 8, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois Robert Sylvester Kelly) is a singer, songwriter and music producer from the United States. He has sold more than 40 million records and others for Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Kirk Franklin, The Notorious BIG, Toni Braxton, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Whitney Houston and Puff Daddy songs written and produced.


He spent his childhood with his single mother and his three siblings in a council estate in the South Side of Chicago. Death in 1993 his mother, Joanne Kelly of cancer. In his youth he made his mark as a talented basketball player in the Atlantic Seagulls “(1997 champions of their league) and discovered his musical talent in the music club in high school. Initially, Kelly played the piano by ear, later he bought a portable keyboard as a street musician and earned his first dollar. Thus, he founded MGM (Mentally Gifted Man), a locally successful R & B band, which emerged from the televised talent show “Big Break” with Natalie Cole as a presenter as a national champion. At the age of 12 years, R. Kelly was involved in a shooting in which a bullet struck him in the shoulder. This he has still in his body, because it was too dangerous to remove them. At age 13, he met Marvin Gaye, and was once even with him in the recording studio. That was the turnaround in his life.

R. Kelly writes, composes, plays and produces almost all of his songs themselves to help talented and ambitious artists, he has his own label, “Rockland” was found.

With his wife, Andrea Lee, he has two daughters, JoAnne and Jaya, and a son Robert. In 2003 he was indicted for alleged sex videos involving minors. The procedure has been terminated. Because he had child pornography in April 2005 again are brought to justice, and in 2007 he had to return to court for a sex video with a minor. In the process, Kelly was on 13 June 2008 acquitted.

1991 R. Kelly signed to Jive Records. The first publication was called “Born Into The ’90s” (recorded with backing band Public Announcement) and took 1992 to rave reviews. Born Into The ’90s brought him into the USA 1993 first platinum. In his first England tour, he appeared in London three times in the sold-out Hammersmith Apollo. 18 months later, he has already played five sold-out shows in the same hall as well as a gig in Wolverhampton.

While his debut album in Britain einspielte silver, he stood with his successor, “12 Play” is already at the top of the pop charts. Your Bodys Callin ‘, the first single, was in early 1994, R. Kelly‘s first Top 20 single in Britain. Sex Me (Pt. 1 & 2) was eventually certified gold. His debut album was awarded prizes as Best Album and Best R & B Album at the Billboard Music Awards 1994th

His 1995 follow up album released with the simple name “R. Kelly won seven times platinum and all four single releases have been certified platinum. At its sold-out European tour called his stopovers Wembley Stadium in London and the NEC in Birmingham. At the Soul Train Music Awards R. Kelly received an award for Bump ‘N Grind in the category of Best R & B / Soul Single Male, at the Billboard Music Awards for Best Album.

Besides his own releases, he worked as a songwriter, producer, and the mixing desk for well-known artists. 1995 Janet Jackson made her “Anytime, Anyplace remix” of him. He wrote, produced and arranged including Michael Jackson’s worldwide hit You Are Not Alone. The song became a worldwide No. 1 success. For You Are Not Alone and Stroke You Up (Changing Faces) honored him the BMI Pop Citation of Achievement in 1995 for its artistic value services. Later, it became clear that Kelly had stolen the bulk of the melody .

His album “R” (double CD) released in October 1998 and consists of 30 titles (130 minutes) playing time, including the hits “I Believe I Can Fly and Gotham City. The singles as well as the album stayed for weeks in the top 10, a total of six months in the German charts. Kelly was honored in Germany alone, with double-platinum for more than 300,000 albums sold worldwide so far and managed to sell over 7 million times.

The single “I Believe I Can Fly from Space Jam” soundtrack earned him at the ceremony in New York’s Radio City Music Hall Grammys in the categories of Best Song For A Motion Picture, Best R & B Song and Best R & B Vocal Performance. In addition, he was nominated for Record Of The Year and Song of the Year. At the 28th Annual NAACP Image Awards won I Believe … as Best Music Video and Best Song. Among the awards it has named him to the BMI Pop Songwriter of the Year in 1998 and at the MTV Video Music Awards nominee Kelly is the same in several categories. Then followed the Top 10 single Gotham City from the “Batman & Robin” soundtrack.

At the beginning of 1999, more No. 1 rankings on the Billboard charts with I’m Your Angel followed, a duet with pop diva Celine Dion. On the ’99 Grammy Awards he was nominated in the categories of Best Pop Collaboration vocals (I’m Your Angel) and Best R & B Performance by a Duo “(Lean On Me by Kirk Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Bono and Crystal Lewis) and he eventually became an artist of the year prize at the Source Hip Hop Music Awards by the hip-hop scene. At the Soul Train Awards was honored him as “Entertainer of the Year” and the “Best Male R & B / Soul Album”. Other awards and nominations followed, including an award as “R & B / Hip-Hop Artist of the Year” at the Billboard Music Awards and “Favorite Male Soul / R & B Artist” at the American Music Awards. In retrospect, the Billboard magazine that “stood R. Kelly had more Top 40 hits in the ’90s than any other male solo artist (15 pieces), of which eight singles in the top 10 were ”

His first single off the 2000 album “TP-2.com,” I Wish finished, top positions in the international charts and is a sensitive tribute to his deceased mother to cancer. In Germany, I Wish I immediately went in the first week as a new entrant into the top 10 of the Media Control charts. In just two months, “TP-2.com” in the U.S. double-platinum awards. Ultimately, it’s 6 platinum records become.

For the appeared in the Fall 2001 studio album Invincible by Michael Jackson wrote and produced the track Cry, released in Europe as a single, but not necessary to the success of You are able to build alone.

In 2002, the first collaboration with Jay-Z was released, which was awarded despite the fact that no music videos were filmed, platinum. It was assumed that Jay-Z and wanted to distance Roc-A-Fella from the rumors of R. Kelly. It was itself produced by R. Kelly

The 2003 released album “Chocolate Factory”, was already before the publication of No. 1 on the Billboard charts. Responsible for the top 10 hits such as Ignition, snake or Step in the Name of Love.

End of 2003, then followed his first ‘best of’ album called “The R. In The R & B Collection” (which is also a remix edition of the album), which he celebrated his 10-year career. With this album, he grabbed the experiences of the lead singer of Public Affair for the development of the most successful singers of the 90s, one hand on the gentle duets with Celine Dion, for example, Sparkle or P. Diddy and sex songs like Your Body’s Callin ‘, Ignition and Bump N ‘Grind.

In 2004, he has brought with Happy People / U Saved Me “and” Unfinished Business “two successful albums on the market and has been awarded a total of four times platinum. The latter was a collaboration with rapper Jay-Z. Have been decoupled from the albums include Big Chips, Happy People “and” You Saved Me. Happy People / U Saved Me was in the Top 10 in several countries including the UK, USA and Germany as well as “Unfinished Business”, which was the No. 1 U.S. charts.

“TP-3: Reloaded” was on the 5th Published in July 2005 and placed in the top 10 worldwide. This has been the double platinum status in the U.S.. With the single releases: In the Kitchen, Trapped in the Closet, Playa’s Only, Slow Wind, Burn It Up, Kickin ‘It With Your Girlfriend was the 8th Studio album R. Kelly ‘s advertised.

The name of the ninth studio album, which on 29 May was published in 2007, is “Double Up”. Midway through the tour I’m a Flirt (Remix) along with rapper TI and singer T-Pain. The song also appears as the original version along with rapper Bow Wow on his album The Price of Fame. The song was on 7 Published in March and was able to previously placed at number 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. the American R & B and rap tracks. The announcement was the title of the new album on R. Kelly ‘s website. Support he receives in addition to T-Pain and T.I. among other things, established producers and artists such as Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Nelly, Chamillionaire and Keyshia Cole .

On the occasion of the election of Barack Obama for President R. Kelly wrote the track I Believe. He stood for free download on iTunes. In Germany, the title on 16 December 2008 as a regular download single released. After the inauguration of Obama’s book went into the German charts at number 92nd.


Solo Albums

* 12 Play (1993)
R. Kelly (1995)
R. (1998)
* TP-2.com (2000)
* Chocolate Factory (2003)
* Happy People/U Saved Me (2004)
* TP.3 Reloaded (2005)
* Double Up (2007)
* Untitled (2009)
* Zodiac (TBA)

Collaboration Albums

* Born Into the ’90s (w/ Public Announcement) (1992)
* The Best of Both Worlds (w/ Jay-Z) (2002)
* Unfinished Business (w/ Jay-Z) (2004)


* 2005: Trapped in the Closet (1–12)
* 2007: Trapped in the Closet (13–22)
* 2007: R. Kelly Live The Light It Up Tour


* American Music Award
o 2000: Favorite Male Soul/R&B; Artist
o 2005: Favorite Male Soul/R&B; Artist

* BET Awards
o 2003: Best Male R&B; Artist

* Billboard Awards
o 2001: Top R&B;/Hip Hop Artist
o 2001: Top R&B;/Hip Hop Album (TP2.com)
o 2001: Top R&B;/Hip Hop Singles & Tracks (“Fiesta”)
o 2001: Top R&B;/Hip Hop Artist –ale
o 2001: Top R&B;/Hip Hop Album Artist
o 2001: Top R&B;/Hip Hop Album Artist –ale

* BMI Awards
o 1998: Pop Songwriter of the Year (for “I Believe I can Fly”, “I Can’t Sleep Baby (If I)”, and “I Don’t Want To” (recorded by Toni Braxton)

* Grammy Awards
o 1998: Best R&B; Song (“I Believe I Can Fly”)
o 1998: Best R&B; Male Vocal Performance (“I Believe I Can Fly”)
o 1998: Best Original Song from A Soundtrack (“I Believe I Can Fly”)

* NAACP Image Awards
o 2001: Outstanding Male Artist
o 2001: Outstanding Music Video (“I Wish”)

* Soul Train Awards
o 1999: Best R&B;/Soul Album, Male (R.)
o 1999: Sammy Davis Jr. Entertainer of the Year Award
o 2000: Best R&B;/Soul or Rap Album (R.)
o 2001: Best R&B;/Soul Single, Male (“I Wish”)
o 2001: Best R&B;/Soul Album, Male (TP2.com)
o 2004: R&B;/Soul Album, Male (“Chocolate Factory”)
o 2004: Quincy Jones Award for Outstanding Career Achievements
o 2006: Stevie Wonder Award for Outstanding Achievements in Song Writing

* Source Hip Hop Awards
o 1999: R&B; Artist of the Year
o 2001: R&B; Artist of the Year

* Vibe Awards
o 2003: R&B; Vanguard Award

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