Kelly — born Robert Sylvester Kelly — is a three-time Grammy Award-winner who has sold more than 34 million albums worldwide. He recently released his tenth studio album, Untitled. “I’m writing this book as Robert, not R. Kelly,” the singer said in a press release. “I’m tired of being misunderstood. I will show you the tears, fears, and sweat. I will open my heart and reveal the good in my life as well as all the drama. I want to tell it like it is.”
According to the press release, the book will chronicle “the agony of losing his mother,” as well as how he wrote such chart-topping hits as I Believe I Can Fly and You Are Not Alone. He will also “discuss the six-year legal ordeal that nearly ruined his life, but finally ended in vindication when he was found innocent of child pornography charges in 2008.”The book, to be co-written with author David Ritz (Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye; Rage to Survive: The Etta James Story) will be published by SmileyBooks, a publishing house founded by media personality Tavis Smiley.
The book is due in stores in 2011.The book is still untitled, but if Kelly wants to name it after one of his songs, The Afterword suggests Back To The Hood of Things, Heaven If You Hear Me, As I Look Into My Life, The Sermon, One Man, If I Could Turn Back The Hands of Time, I Wish, One Me, Ignition, The Diary of Me, or Real Talk.