Personalities | R. Kelly | Nineties | Rock

(Producer, singer-songwriter, b. 1969)

With his roots firmly planted in R&B, pop and balladry Robert Kelly is one of America’s most successful male artists. Early albums like 12 Play (1993) and R. Kelly (1995) showcased his booty grabbing smooth vocal style over self-written and produced sensual music. ‘Sex Me Pts 1 & 2’, ‘She’s Got That Vibe’ and ‘Bump ‘N’ Grind’ were massive hit singles.

Apparently finding God, Kelly cemented mainstream success with ballad ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ from the movie Space Jam (1997), which paved the way for subsequent albums like R (1998) and (2000). Kelly has written and produced for many other artists including Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Boyz II Men and the late Aaliyah (to whom he was briefly married). He has even recorded two albums with rapper Jay-Z. Although Kelly’s armour was tarnished by under-age sex allegations, he continues to write, record and produce.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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