*CHICAGO, IL—Three time GRAMMY winning King of R&B, R. Kelly will bring his “Love Letter” tour to the United States beginning June 2, 2011. This electrifying performer will tour in support of Love Letter (Jive Records) his R.I.A.A gold-certified eleventh studio album.
Love Letter has produced two hit singles, “When A Woman Loves” and the title track which held the # 1 position on the Urban AC chart for four consecutive weeks. Kelly is one of the biggest-selling R&B artists in the world selling over 34 million albums, releasing 12 No. 1 singles and eight No. 1 albums. His new CD incorporates classic soul music influences and features chivalrous lyrics concerning love and forgiveness. Kelly, who wrote, produced and arranged Love Letter, pays homage to soul artists such as Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Donny Hathaway, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder.
Love Letter received praise from critics and made the New York Times Pop Top 10 Albums of 2010 list, while its single “When A Woman Loves” made Associated Press’ Best Singles of the Year List.
“Kelly is singing as vigorously as ever, on songs that are some of the most elegant of his career…the songs are in essence, secular spirituals, bombastic and warm.”
The New York Times
“The first single, the epic ‘When A Woman Loves,’ is a tour de force that not only puts Kelly’s wondrous songwriting on display, but also showcases a voice that has little competition when it comes to pure power and passion.”
“A refreshingly tasteful foray into classic soul and PG lovemaking.”
“Slow-simmered, grown-man emoting…and Kelly’s melodicism and vocal powers.”
Los Angeles Times
“The R&B lothario reminds listeners that he’s still got it…”
Joining Kelly on the “Love Letter” tour are four-time GRAMMY-nominated, multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter and the star of a top-rated BET reality show, Keyshia Cole and six-time GRAMMY nominated singer/songwriter/producer Marsha Ambrosius who achieved success as the “Songstress” in the now defunct duo Floetry. Ambrosius released her solo debut album Late Nights & Early Mornings, which entered at #1 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart.
For more information, please go to www.r-kelly.com
Date City Venue
June 2 Southaven, MS DeSoto Civic Center
June 3 New Orleans, LA UNO Lakefront Arena
June 4 Mobile, AL Civic Center
June 5 Houston, TX Toyota Centre
June 10 Oakland, CA Coliseum
June 11 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theater L. A. Live
June 16 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
June 17 St. Louis, MO Chaifetz Arena
June 18 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
June 19 Dallas, TX Verizon Theater
June 24 Raleigh, NC RBC Center
June 25 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
June 26 Birmingham, AL BJCC
June 29 Cleveland, OH CSU Wolstein Center
June 30 Newark, NJ Prudential Center
July 1 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
July 2 Washington, DC Verizon Center
July 3 Philadelphia, PA Mann Music Center