Rhythm and blues artist Robert "R." Kelly always knew he wanted to sing.
"From the age of maybe 15 or 16 I knew that this was something that I was gonna be doing," Kelly said in an interview a week before his performance Wednesday at the Tennessee Theatre in downtown Knoxville.
The show was part of Kelly's big production "Single Ladies" tour. The top tickets in Knoxville were $125 each.
Kelly's hits include "I Believe I Can Fly," "Ignition," "Step in the Name of Love" "Bump N Grind" and "I'm Your Angel." He said making everyone happy can be a challenge.
"I've always gotten crazy great response after the show," he said. "People come up to me and say 'Oh, you didn't do this song or that song!' I tell them I've only got two hours!"
Kelly said the subject matter for his songs was simple:
"Life itself. I write life. I've graduated from writing songs to writing life. Whatever life inspires me. That might be what happened that day. I write about it and I put it into a song. That's how I do it now."
© 2012, Knoxville News Sentinel Co.
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