R. Kelly’s commercial mix of hip hop and soul is reflected in his honorary titles the King of R&B and the King of Pop-Soul. Twelve number one rhythm-and-blues albums – six of which also reached number one on the Billboard 200 – made him the biggest-selling R&B act of the ‘90s and one of the best-selling recording artists of all time with sales in excess of one hundred million. His music, famous for its overtly sexual themes, burst on the scene in 1993 when his first album, 12 Play, raced up the charts and produced the number one single Bump n Grind. Plenty of silky smooth singles followed, including Your Body’s Callin’, Your Remind Me of Something, and the chart-topping duet with Celine Dion I’m Your Angel. But R. Kelly wasn’t just a hit with the buying public. Critics and the music industry firmly got behind his updated version of Marvin Gaye soul, an alternative to mid-‘90s gangsta rap, when they awarded him three Grammy Awards for his 1996 single I Believe I Can Fly. Plenty of other honors followed from BET, Soul Train, and the American Music Awards. Though his career was briefly derailed by legal troubles in the late ‘90s, R. Kelly entered the 2000s with several more number one R&B hits, including I Wish and Step in the Name of Love. R. Kelly, who created a smooth soundtrack for couples looking to take their relationship to the next level, has had an immeasurable impact on today’s pop and hip-hop scene, and continues to look for a way to connect lyrically and spiritually with his fans. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for R. Kelly Tickets.
R Kelly Buffet Tour
R. Kelly’s 2015 tour in support of his Buffet album is a smorgasbord of his greatest hits dating back to the early ‘90s and continuing through today. The good news is that after more than twenty years of touring, R. Kelly is still having fun on stage, cajoling audiences and working the crowd, occasionally walking into the audience to serenade the crowd or encouraging female fans to come up front. The King of R&B is still playing arena’s befitting his rhythm-and-blues royalty, from large venues in Philadelphia and Brooklyn to a series of mid-size theater dates in California and the Midwest. Although it’s difficult for R. Kelly to squeeze all of his chart-toppers hits into one evening and still get to a few of his new songs, he does his best to cover a solid selection of fan favorites, including Your Body’s Calling, You Remind Me of Something, and Down Low. Fans who’ve seen him before should expect a more stripped-down show without all the dancers and costume changes, but this only puts the focus where it should be: on R. Kelly’s soulful voice and silky moves sure to entertain and enrapture his audience throughout the evening.