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Kelis

Kelis Rogers (/kəˈliːs/; born August 21, 1979), better known mononymously as Kelis, is an American singer-songwriter, certified chef and model. She has won Brit Awards, Q Awards, and NME Awards, and was nominated for two Grammy Awards and has released six regular studio albums so far. She has had 10 top ten singles in the United Kingdom alone.

Kelis Rogers was born and raised in the Manhattan neighborhood of Harlem, New York City. Her first name is a portmanteau of her father's name, Kenneth (1944–2000), and her mother's name, Eveliss. Her father Kenneth was an African American jazz musician and Pentecostal minister, and was formerly a professor at Wesleyan University. Her mother Eveliss is a Puerto Rican and Chinese fashion designer who inspired Kelis to pursue her singing career. She has three sisters, Kelis being the third born of the four girls.

As a child, Kelis sang in church choirs and played violin, piano, and saxophone while attending Manhattan Country School, a private school. At the age of 13, Kelis shaved off all of her hair. In an interview with Charlotte Roche, Kelis says she was kicked out of her parents' house at the age of sixteen for having bad behavior stating that she would sometimes clash with her mother, but continued her education at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, where she formed the R&B trio BLU (Black Ladies United). Kelis was also a bartender and a sales associate at a clothing store before graduating high school saying that she stole certain items from her job to get by from living out of her parents' house; afterwards, a friend introduced Kelis to The Neptunes (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo); they formed a strong bond, and, with their support, she landed a record deal.


In May 2007, Kelis posed naked for photographer Marc Baptiste’s book Nudes.
Kelis was arrested in early March 2007, after screaming racial obscenities at two undercover police officers who were posing as prostitutes. Kelis continued yelling at the two women and when she rushed toward them, was restrained by friends. She was charged with two misdemeanour charges of disorderly conduct and for resisting arrest.
A number of tracks on 'Tasty' were produced by Pharrell Williams.
In 2004, Kelis went on tour with Britney Spears as her opening act for The Onyx Hotel Tour.

Kelis' studio albums so far:
Kaleidoscope (1999)
Wanderland (2001)
Tasty (2003)
Kelis Was Here (2006)
Her 3rd studio album Tasty was her PA album then followed by her 2006 and 4th studio album Kelis Was Here which was also PA.
Kelis and Nas married on January 8, 2005.
Her 3rd single from 'Kelis Was Here' is called Lil' Star featuring Cee-Lo (also known as Gnarls Barkley)
She released a single and a video for a song Blindfold Meedit »
Her height is 5'10".
Her three sisters are all doctors.
The song "Milkshake" is featured on Totally Hits 2004. It is the only song from her album Tasty that made it big.
Her name is a combination of her parents' first names.
Her Puerto Rican and Chinese mother, Eveliss, is a fashion designer, and her black father, Kenneth, who died two days before she inked her former deal with Virgin in 1998, was a jazz musician and a Pentecostal minister.
When she was 16, she enrolled as a drama major at New York's renowned La Guardia School for the Arts.

 

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