Who is R. Kelly and what is his net worth 2019? R. Kelly is a singer who was a part of the group ‘Public Announcement’. He is also a former professional basketball player, songwriter, and record producer. He has released many hit singles like “I Believe I Can Fly” , “Your Body’s Callin’”, “If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time”, “Trapped in the Closet”, “Bump N’ Grind”, “Ignition (Remix)”, “The World’s Greatest”, and “I’m a Flirt (Remix)”. He has also produced many songs for other artists including Michael Jackson, Aaliyah, and Jay-Z. He has sold over 100 million albums and has released 12 solo albums.
Robert Sylvester Kelly was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 8, 1967. He was born to a single mother named Joanne. He has three other siblings and was raised as a Baptist. At the age of 8, he began singing in the church choir. He was shot in his shoulder when he was 11. In 1981, he went to Kenwood Academy in Chicago where his music teacher approached him to perform a Stevie Wonder classic. When in school, he used to play basketball. Kelly used to perform under Chicago “L” tracks.
He then formed a group called MGM (Musically Gifted Men) with his friends. In 1990, the group released their debut single entitled “Why You Wanna Play Me”. The group was disbanded after the single. A year later, he formed another group called ‘Public Announcement’ and signed with Jive Records.
In 1996, R. Kelly was married to Andrea Kelly who was the mother of his three children. They divorced in 2009. It has been reported that he was secretly married to Aaliyah. He was sued by Tiffany Hawkins for having sexual relations with her.
In 1992, R. Kelly released the first album Born into the 90’s. It was credited as R. Kelly and Public Announcement. In 1993, he released his solo debut album ’12 Play’. The album included the single “Bump N’ Grind” which became his first #1 hit. In 1994, he wrote and produced Aaliyah’s album ‘Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number’. He became popular as a producer and also used to do a remix.
The same year, he also produced the remix of “Any Time, Any Place” by Janet Jackson. In 1996, Kelly released the single “I Believe I Can Fly” which peaked #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1997, he played basketball with Atlantic City Seagulls. He then produced and wrote the debut album of Sparkle. In 1999, he wrote the soundtrack for the film ‘Batman & Robin’. He released his album ‘R.’ in 1998. This was followed by ‘TP-2.com’ in 2000.
He then went on to release ‘The Best of Both Worlds’, ‘Chocolate Factory’, ‘Happy People/U Saved Me’, ‘TP.3 Reloaded’, and ‘Double Up’. In 2009, Kelly released his mixtape The Demo Tape (Gangsta Grillz). In 2012, ‘Write Me Back’ was released. His album ‘12 Nights of Christmas’ was released in October 2016.
R. Kelly has won the ‘Grammy Awards’ 3 times out of 25 nominations. He has also won 2 ‘American Music Awards’ and 6 ‘NAACP Image Awards’. He has 11 ‘Soul Train Music Awards’. R. Kelly has won the ‘Billboard Music Awards’ 12 times and has won numerous other awards. In 1995, he won the Guinness Book of World Records.
Net Worth of R. Kelly
R. Kelly has given many platinum certified albums. He is the owner of Interscope Records. R’ Kelly’s net worth is an estimated $160 million. He owes his fortune to the sale of his albums. He has also successfully released albums for other artists. He is also an accomplished writer and has also released remixes. Kelly has also given music in films.
He has been named as the most successful male R&B artist of the 1990s. He has earned the title of “King of Pop-Soul” and “King of R&B”. Kelly is currently the owner of Rockland Records imprint. Kelly is also one of the best-selling music artists in the USA.
Throughout his career, R. Kelly has contributed to various charities. In 2010, he has performed for the benefit concert in the Special Olympics of Angola. He has donated $50,000 and £20,000 to Texas Military Family Foundation and UK charity respectively. R. Kelly was arrested in 1998, for charges of disorderly conduct.