R. Kelly Song Shows Support For U.S. Troops
Embattled R&B star R. Kelly has recorded and released a new song to show support for members of the military currently fighting the U.S.-led war in Iraq. "A Soldier's Heart" is described as a "triEmbattled R&B star R. Kelly has recorded and released a new song to show support for members of the military currently fighting the U.S.-led war in Iraq. "A Soldier's Heart" is described as a "tribute to the courageous soldiers and military men and women who are risking their lives to preserve freedom."
"This song is my way of saying thank you to everyone protecting us, and allowing us to sleep comfortable at night and send our children off to school in the morning," Kelly said in a statement. "Some of these young men and women are just 18-20 years old themselves, some have never left their hometown prior to basic or advanced training. The fact that their journey is far, frightening, and unfamiliar to them does not stop them."
Written, arranged, and performed by Kelly, the track was sent last week to U.S radio outlets for airplay consideration. The song has been played on more than 25 stations, including WKTU New York, WHYI Miami, WPGC Washington, D.C., WSOL Jacksonville, Fla., and WJJJ Pittsburgh, according to Nielsen BDS.
A retail CD single is also planned for April 23 release, according to Kelly's official Web site, with all proceeds to support the families of the soldiers through Kelly's I Believe I Can Fly charitable foundation.
Kelly hopes to visit with troops and perform the song at troop-centered events in the near future. "The old statement music can calm the savage beast is true in so many ways," the artist added. "It can also sooth pain, bring calm, and uplift and that's what I'm trying to do thru my music this time."
The artist's latest Jive Records album, "Chocolate Factory," debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Released in February, the album has sold 1.18 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Kelly is currently out on bond while awaiting trial in Cook County, Ill., on 21 counts of child pornography. The charges relate to a videotape allegedly showing him engaging in sex acts with a minor. There are also child pornography charges pending against him in Florida, stemming from photographs authorities say were found on his digital camera.