Robert Sylvester Kelly , known professionally as R. Kelly, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and former professional basketball player. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Kelly began performing during the late 1980s and debuted in 1992 with the group Public Announcement. In 1993, Kelly went solo with the album 12 Play. He is known for a collection of major hit singles including "Bump N' Grind", "Your Body's Callin'", "I Believe I Can Fly", "Gotham City", "Ignition ", "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time", "The World's Greatest", "I'm a Flirt ", and the hip-hopera "Trapped in the Closet". In 1998, Kelly won three Grammy Awards for "I Believe I Can Fly". His distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous hip hop and contemporary R&B artists. Kelly became the first musician to play professional basketball, when he was signed in 1997.
The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.Confucius
Life is without meaning. You bring the meaning to it. The meaning of life is whatever you ascribe it to be. Being alive is the meaning.Joseph Campbell
Growing up, I just wanted to be like everyone else. I didn't value or understand the beauty in being different at the time in my life.Marisol Nichols