R. Kelly

Active - 2000 - 2012  |   Born - Jan 8, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois, United States  |   Genres - Music, Musical

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  • Was inspired to pursue a career in singing by his high school music teacher.
  • Made his recording debut with 1992's Born into the '90s, released under the name R. Kelly and Public Announcement.
  • Solo debut came the following year with the multi-platinum 12 Play, which featured signature single "Bump & Grind."
  • Collaborated with rapper Jay-Z on two albums, The Best of Both Worlds (2002) and Unfinished Business (2004).
  • Began the multi-part "hip-hopera" "Trapped in the Closet" with 2005 album TP-3: Reloaded; later chapters of the popular saga were released on DVD and aired on the Independent Film Channel.
  • Has sold more than 35 million albums and contributed to the soundtracks of more than 20 films.