Kelis Bio - Biography

Name Kelis
Height 5' 10"
Naionality American
Date of Birth 21 August 1979,
Place of Birth Harlem, New York, USA
Famous for
Kelis was born and raised in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Her first name, pronounced [kuh lees], is a combination of the name of her father Kenneth and of her mother Eveliss. Kenneth is an African-American jazz musician, a Pentecostal minister, and a professor at Wesleyan University.[2] Eveliss is a Chinese-Puerto Rican fashion designer, who inspired her to pursue her singing career.

As a child, she sang in church choirs and played violin, piano, and saxophone while attending Manhattan Country School, a private school. Kelis left home at age sixteen,[2] but continued her education at age sixteen when she went to the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, where she formed R&B trio BLU (Black Ladies United). After graduation, she formed a band with The Neptunes and, with their support, landed herself a record deal.

She has since worked with a variety of musicians including Gravediggaz, Busta Rhymes, Foxy Brown, Lil' Kim, OutKast, P. Diddy, Mondo Grosso, Usher, LFO, Moby, Richard X, Timo Maas, Björk, No Doubt, Enrique Iglesias, Too $hort, and her husband, Nas. Her most notable duets were popular singles and music videos, even in America, during 1999 and the early 2000s decade. These include the following: "What It Is" with Busta Rhymes, "Candy" with Foxy Brown, and "Got Your Money" with the late Ol' Dirty Bastard, with whom she was initially discovered beatboxing in a video of his.

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