R. Kelly has been one of the most influential artists in R&B since the early 90s, adapting his sound to keep it fresh in the ever-changing music industry. His elaborate, theatrical tour dates have sold-out the world over and entertained millions of fans. R. Kelly's various singles throughout the years have topped the charts, and he became a pioneer of new jack swing and the hip-hopera. In addition to his own hits, he's also penned hit songs for musicians like Aaliyah, Michael Jackson, and The Notorious B.I.G. R. Kelly is still cranking out the hits, as evidenced by his new album, Love Letter, as well as thrilling audiences on his remaining summer tour dates in 2011.
Robert Sylvester Kelly was born on the South Side of Chicago and spent much of his teenage years busking under the "L" trains. After experiencing success in the groups MGM and Public Announcement, R. Kelly released his debut solo album, 12 Play, in 1993. The album was wildly successful, going platinum six times and producing the hit single, "Bump n' Grind." He spent the next few years writing hits for other artists like Janet Jackson and Toni Braxton, as well as performing tour dates with legends like LL Cool J. In 1996, R. Kelly released the single "I Believe I Can Fly" for the Space Jam soundtrack, which became a huge success and won three Grammys. The song also appeared on R. Kelly's hit 1998 album, R., which went platinum eight times and sparked massive headlining tour dates.
Even in the midst of a legal scandal, R. Kelly still had the talent to release the hit record, Chocolate Factory in 2003, which went double platinum and received praise from critics across the country. It also led to hugely successful concert dates on The Key in the Ignition Tour with Ashanti. In 2005, R. Kelly released TP.3 Reloaded, which kicked off the first five chapters of his infamous "Trapped in the Closet" hip-hopera. He followed up in 2007 with the release of Double Up, which marked R. Kelly's fifth album to debut at #1 on the Billboard charts and saw collaborations with numerous hip hop artists. The album also spawned Double Up Tour, which experienced some controversy after Ne-Yo was removed after two tour dates.
R. Kelly's latest album, Love Letter has also received praise from critics who have noted the skill with which Kelly has performed the classic soul-inspired tracks. R. Kelly can currently be found on tour dates in 2011 in promotion of the album, which began back in April. Concert dates are currently making their way through the southern United States and R. Kelly's tour dates for 2011 will end on July 13 in Louisville, KY. Don't miss this opportunity to see one of R&B's brightest stars on his 2011 tour dates.