Born in 1969 in Chicago, IL, R. Kelly discovered an interest in music when he was in high school and won a school talent show, singing Stevie Wonder's Ribbon
in the Sky. He took his electronic keyboard to the streets of South Chicago, and began busking. His fusion of rhythm and blues, gospel, pop, hip-hop, and
classic soul has garnered fifteen top-forty hits — more than any other male solo artist of the 90's. He is a singer, songwriter, producer, and remixer and
has written and produced songs for popular musicians including, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Gladys Knight, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Luther Vandross,
and Toni Braxton. Kelly's third album, R. Kelly, was released at the end of 1995 and became his first number one Pop and rhythm-and-blues title. In 1997,
he made I Believe I Can Fly for the Warner Brothers film Space Jam. The song won three 1998 Grammy Awards, including "Best R&B Male Vocal Performance,"
"Best R&B Song," and "Best Songwriter."