Robert Sylvester Kelly, popularly known as R. Kelly is an American songwriter, singer, record producer and an actor and was a basketball player.
R. Kelly Bio: Ethnicity, Family, Parents, Early Life
Robert Sylvester Kelly, also known as R. Kelly, was born on the 8th of January, 1967. He was born on the Southern side of Chicago. He is the third of 4 children by his mother, Joanne.
Kelly is an American and was born in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in Public-housing projects in Chicago with is mom. His mother, who was a professional singer, taught him powerful lessons in the Christian faith. His singing style was initially said to be Church-trained, but most of his lyrics gradually drifted towards sex.
There is no information available about Kelly’s father because himself mentioned that his father was gone even before he was born. However, his mom, Joanne died in 1993 of cancer.
Joanne was a single mother of 4 children, Bruce, Theresa, Robert (R. Kelly) and Carey. R. Kelly mentioned that he loved his so much that he once asked for her hand in marriage, a request she definitely rejected. Kelly also mentioned that he stayed by his mom until death snatched her away and promised her before death to always use his music to make her proud.
Contrary to how Kelly said he felt about his mom, journalist Jim DeRogatis said that Kelly was not at all close o his mom when she was fighting death. He added that Kelly shunned his mother the moment his music career took off and he even refused to pay for her medical bills.
R. Kelly was sexually abused from ages 8 – 14 by an unrevealed family female family member. Also, he was abused by an undisclosed older male who was a family friend.
R. Kelly Body Measurements
R, Kelly measures 91kg. or 201 lbs. in weight and 185.4cm. or 6ft. 1in. in height.
R. Kelly Education Details
He attended Kenwood Academy Hight School in Chicago in 1981 where he met Lena McLin his music teacher, who encouraged him to pursue is music dreams. Kelly developed a learning disability believed to be dyslexia, which left him incapable to read or write. As a result, he dropped out of school a teenager. He began to do street performances.
R. Kelly Career Details
Later, himself and some other friends formed a music group known as Musically Gifted Men (MGM). The MGM group released its first single in 1990, titled Why You Wanna Play Me. The group was later dissolved and Kelly joined Jive Records in 1991.
R. Kelly was also a basketball player. He played on the Atlantic City Seagulls team and played the shooting guard/small forward positions. He was the United States Basketball League (USBL) Champion 3 times – 1997, 1998 and 1999.
As a songwriter, R. Kelly wrote the You Are Not Alone song sang by the late Michael Jackson. Kelly also produced 3 hit singles: You Remind Me of Something, I Can’t Sleep (Baby If I) and Down Low (Nobody Has To Know. In November 1996, he released I Believe I Can Fly. He did some collaborations too, like I’m Your Angel with Celine Dion.
Kelly won the Favorite Male Soul/R&B Artist Award at the American Music Awards. On March 26, 2002, he released The Best of Both Worlds album. He released his first mixtape on June 3, 2009. He wrote his memoir in December, 2009 and titled it Soulacoaster.
He performed Sign of Victory during the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup on June 11, 2010. He also collaborated with 8 African musicians – Fally Ipupa, 2Face, JK, Amani, Ali Kiba, 4X4, Navio and Movaizhaleine. He released the Love Letter album on the 14th of December, 2010. He was named the #1 R&B Artist of the past 25 years in March 2011. He kept recording different successes and his activeness in the music and entertainment industry was felt from 1989 – 2019.
As a singer, R. Kelly has been given thumbs up for redefining hip hop and R&B music genres. R. Kelly has earned different titles and nicknames for himself, including the King of Pop-Soul, the King of R&B and the Pied Piper of R&B,
Sadly though, Kelly’s music carrier appeared to have ended in 2019 amidst numerous criminal indictments, which he has pleaded “not guilty” to.
R. Kelly Awards And Achievements
R. Kelly became nationally recognized in 1989 when he featured on a talent TV Show by Natalie Cole, titled Big Break. He won the grand prize of a whooping sum of $100,000. In 1992, Kelly released the album titled Born in the 90’s – an album he co-created with Public Announcement. He released his first solo album 12 Play in 1993. He also released Bump N’ Grind, Your Body’s Callin’, Sex Me and lots more.
R. Kelly won the American Music Awards 2 times, the BET Award 1 time, Grammy Awards 3 times, MOBO Award 1 time, Soul Train Awards 10 times, BMI Awards 19 times, NAACP Image Awards 6 times Source Hip Hop Awards 2 times and Vibe Awards 3 times.
R. Kelly Dating History, Marriage
R. Kelly was said to be secretly but illegally married to Aaliyah Dana Haughton on the 31st of August, 1994. The marriage was said to be illegal because Aaliyah was only 15 years old at that time. Aaliyah’s parents ensured that the marriage was dissolved. in February, 1995. Unfortunately, Aaliyah died in an airplane crash on the 25th of August, 2001.
Kelly Married Andrea Lee in 1996 and they gave birth to 3 children. However, in 2005, Andrea filed a restraining order against R. Kelly and the marriage was eventually dissolved in January 2009. The names of their children are: Joann Kelly, Robert Kelly Jr. and Jaah Kelly.
R. Kelly Legal Issues
Kelly has been involved in a number of legal issues, including battery, sexual relationships with underage girls, disorderly conduct and failure to settle child support payments. In 2019, r. Kelly was again charged aggravated criminal sexual abuse and child pornography.
R. Kelly Net Worth
R. Kelly’s net worth was calculated to be $1,000,000 in 2019. However, after settling a lot of law suits, his net worth in 2020 has been estimated to be just around $100,000.