He was a part of the basketball team at Kenwood Academy, which welcomed him. In the wake of his triumphant performance in the school chorus talent competition, he was urged by a teacher to continue singing.
He and his buddies founded the band ‘MGM’ (Musically Gifted Men) in 1990, and their first single, ‘Why You Wanna Play Me,’ was released in 1992.
In April 2022, Forbes reports that he has a fortune of $1 million.
After always having a love for music, Kelly decided to give it a try on the streets of New York City at the age of 16. As a result of his appearance on the reality show “Big Break,” he was able to secure a record deal with Jive Records and win the $100,000 grand prize.
His music has now captured the hearts and minds of millions of people around the world, who tune in to hear it whenever the opportunity arises.
The single he released as a soloist, “12 Play,” followed his group’s platinum-certified version of this song. As the producer of Aaliyah’s debut album, he went on to create records for a number of other artists. His first studio album, “R.” Kelly” was released in 2005 and has sold more than 4 million copies in the US alone.
Kelly made living playing music on the streets of Chicago under the “L” train tracks.
A music teacher at Kenwood Academy in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood urged Kelly to play Stevie Wonder’s “Ribbon in the Sky” at the high school talent show. Kelly concurred.
During his teenage years, McLin persuaded Kelly to abandon the basketball squad. He had a change of heart after seeing him perform in the school talent show.
Ben Wilson, who went on to play in the NBA, was a high school teammate of Kelly’s. The song “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” was performed at Ben Wilson’s memorial service.
As a musician, Kelly was certainly brilliant, but he also had a strong voice as a critic. In the eyes of the law, Aaliyah, a 17-year-old girl, was accused of secretly marrying him.
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