Sparkle Testifies Against R. Kelly


I initially purchased this thinking it was R. Kelly’s album. The roomie and I listened and were like “Hmmm, that’s weird, R. Kelly is only on one track. It’s probably just one of his concept albums”. Then, I looked it up to enter it here and discovered Sparkle was the actual artist! Duh!

It’s interesting to have this album considering Sparkle did participate in the near fall of R. Kelly. I wouldn’t say his career has exactly come back after the whole child molestation trial but he has maintained his successes since.

Stephanie Edwards (born May 13, 1975), better known as Sparkle is an American R&B singer. She began her career in 1998 as a protégé of R. Kelly.

Sparkle first started singing in her family’s gospel music group. Sparkle met singer R. Kelly while he was working on a another artist in 1989. Sparkle was the first and only successful artist to release an album on Kelly’s Rockland label.

Her début album, the self-titled Sparkle, was released on May 19, 1998. The album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 on the R&B charts and was certified Platinum very soon after the release. The album is best known for the single “Be Careful,” a 1998 duet with R. Kelly, which made it to two of Billboard’s major airplay charts.

Despite the success of her début album, Sparkle and R. Kelly began to have creative differences while working on her second album, which led to her to ask to be released from Rockland/Interscope. She then signed with Motown Records, where she would release her second album Told You So in 2000. However, the album was a commercial disappointment, only making it to 121 on the Billboard 200.

In 2002, the Chicago Police Child Investigative Unit and a writer for the Chicago Suntimes showed Sparkle a videotape allegedly of her young niece, then approximately 14, and R. Kelly engaging in sexual acts. Sparkle identified the young girl as her sister’s daughter. Sparkle testified against R. Kelly in a subsequent criminal trial on charges of child pornography in 2008. However, in the end, the jury found Kelly not guilty in the case.

Sparkle

Self Titled

Sparkle

Side One

Good Life
Time to Move On
Lean on Me
I’m Gone

Side Two

Turn Away
What About
Be Careful
Nothing Can Compare

Side Three

Quiet Place (Prelude)
Lovin’ You
Straight Up
Vegas

Side Four

No Greater (Prelude)
Play On
Plenty Good Lovin’

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