R Kelly began his singing career in church when he was eight years old. He grew up in the south side of Chicago to a single mother who was also a singer. That’s a long way to where he is today with a net worth of 150 million dollars.
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In high school, his music teacher encouraged him to perform in the high school talent show. He performed under the L tracks in Chicago too. Eventually, he formed a group of singers called MGM.
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It wasn’t until 1991, when he performed on a singing talent show, that he received his big break. He won $100,000 for that show, and in 1992, released his debut album with Public Announcement. His first solo release album called 12 Play eventually went platinum six times with a half-dozen chart topping hits like Bump N’ Grind and Your Body’s Callin’. In 1996, one of his most successful singles came from the movie Space Jam. I Believe I Can Fly won three Grammy Awards and was named to Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 500 Songs of All Time. In 1997, he signed a contract to play basketball for the Atlantic City Seagulls. Basketball was always his second love behind music, and he was the first artist to ever play professional basketball. R Kelly has had a rocky personal history with his marriage to a 15-year-old Aaliyah in the early 90s and his scandalous sex tape with another teenager. He was charged with producing child pornography when he taped the sex with the teenager. He was found not guilty of all charges but the accusations hit his reputation hard. A successful singing career almost came to a halt with throat surgery in 2011. He came back with a voice as strong as ever and his first live appearance was on The X Factor.