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Harlem, NY, native Kelis has been one of the queens of "alternative" R&B in recent years. Graduating in 1997 from "Fame"'d La Guardia High School, and a violin player for 14 years, she signed in her senior year a production deal with the then-under-the-radar production team of The Neptunes, who produced all of her debut album, 1999's "Kaleidoscope" on Virgin. The disc was buoyed by the infectious "Caught Out There", which had a Hype Williams-directed clip. Her sophomore release, "Wanderland" (2001), wasn't as fortunate and did not get released in the U.S., which led to tensions with Virgin; she was later dropped because of lackluster performance. She did find solace in a romance with rap kingpin Nas; the couple is currently married. In late 2003, her career started going full throttle with the buzz surrounding her third CD, "Tasty", released in the tail end of '03. The 'Tunes do some production but not all of it; other producers include Dallas Austin, Raphael Saadiq (of Tony! Toni! Tone! fame) and Andre 3000 of OutKast. Kelis is no stranger to clubland. Her first major remix project was "Get Along With You" from "Kaleidoscope", remixed by David Morales and Bump 'N' Flex. Other notable club singles: "Good Stuff" remixed by Junior Vasquez; "Young Fresh 'n New" remixed by Timo Maas (which led to the two's subsequent collaboration, "Help Me"); and "Milkshake" nominated for a 2004 Grammy for Best Urban/Alternative Performance, peaking at #1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play Chart in December 2003 with remixes by X-Press 2, DJ Zinc, and Freq Nasty.

From Lastfm:

Kelis Rogers-Jones (born Kelis Rogers on August 21, 1979), is known simply by her first name Kelis (pronounced Kuh-lees). Her name is an amalgamation of her parents' first names, her black father Kenneth and Chinese-Puerto Rican mother Eveliss. Growing up in Middle Class Harlem, New York Kelis' childhood was not a deprived one. But she was not without problems, after her parents realised they could not cope with her unruly behavior (Kelis shaved all her hair off at age 13, soon afterwards dyeing the regrowth the colors of the rainbow)...

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Kelis Rogers (born August 21, 1979), better known mononymously as Kelis, is an American singer-songwriter and certified chef. She has won Brit Awards, Q Awards, and NME Awards, and was nominated for two Grammy Awards. Outside her native United States, she has had nine top ten singles in the United Kingdom alone. Kelis appeared on Moby's Area One Tour, supported U2 on the European leg of their Elevation Tour, Britney Spears' The Onyx Hotel Tour and headlined her own All Hearts Tour with Robyn.

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