Born Robert Sylvester Kelly on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, attended Kenwood Academy High School, where his music teacher-mentor Lena McLin inspired him to become a singer. He used to sing on street corners. R. Kelly a master producer, composer, and performer and is often associated with music that can be described as spiritually inspirational and extremely sexual.
He started off his career with a group called Public Announcement. Kelly and Public Announcement released their debut album, Born Into the 90’s, at the beginning of 1992. It was an instant R&B smash, while earning a fair amount of pop airplay; ‘Honey Love’ and ‘Slow Dance (Hey Mr. DJ)’ were number one R&B hits, while ‘Dedicated’ was his biggest pop hit at number 31. 12 Play, released in the fall of 1993, established Kelly as an R&B superstar, eventually selling over five million copies.
The first single, ‘Sex Me, I & II,’ went gold and the second, ‘Bump n’ Grind,’ hit number one on both the pop and R&B charts in 1994; it stayed on top of the R&B charts for an astonishing 12 weeks, while logging four weeks at number one the pop charts. The follow-up, ‘Your Body’s Callin’,’ was another gold single, peaking at number 13 pop.
Also in 1994, he produced ‘AgeAin’t Nothing but a Number’, the hit debut album for the 15-year-old Detroit R&B singer Aaliyah. Late in the year, it was revealed that Kelly and Aaliyah had wed in August and gotten an annulment shortly thereafter. The news sparked a small storm of controversy in the media, yet it didn’t hurt the careers of either singer.
Kelly later married Andrea Lee, who was a former back-up dancer and had two daughters and one son. Kelly went on to produce several more smash hit albums and songs for soundtracks, such as ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ from Space Jam (1996); ‘World’s Greatest’ for the 1996 summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia; and a duet with French-Canadian pop diva Celine Dion, which catapulted him to more success..
Kelly next wrote and co-produced ‘You Are Not Alone,’ the second single from Michael Jackson’s History album, which was released in the summer of 1995. Later that year, Kelly released a self-titled album which became his first to top the pop charts. R. Kelly sold four million copies and produced three platinum singles -- ‘You Remind Me of Something,’ ‘Down Low (Nobody Has to Know),’ and ‘I Can’t Sleep Baby (If I)’ -- all of which hit number one R&B and reached the pop Top Ten.
R. Kelly is still vibrant in the music industry expanding every day. He knows nothing rather than producing, composing and performing as one of the most successful artist in the planet. His voice is something else that the uniqueness of his perforce and ideas, makes million of fans loves him with kin heartedness.
He was in Nigeria a year ago, but after a feud between his management and Nigerian organisers, his concert was cut short.