R. Kelly will open his fall tour on Oct. 13 at the Township Auditorium.
Making music and touring are the only things that have R. Kelly’s name in the news, a welcomed departure, at least for his fans, after indictments on child pornography charges threatened his career last decade. (Kelly also made headlines in certain circles because of his recently-squashed beef with fellow R&B singer Trey Songz.)
Kelly released “Write Me Back” in June, his second consecutive album that departed from his previous sexually suggestive productions. He produced the soundtrack for “Sparkle,” the movie remake starring Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks. In recent interviews, he has promised to return to explicit material on “Black Panties,” an album he said will be released next year.
Tamia, an R&B singer, will open. Tickets, which cost $46.50-$86, went on sale Thursday and can be purchased at the Township box office; www.ticketmaster.com; or by calling (800) 745-3000.
Kelly last performed in Columbia in June 2011 when he and country star Keith Urban played the Colonial Life Arena in consecutive nights. Today, Kelly is sharing top billing in the area with another country star: Eric Church. Tickets for Church’s Nov. 30 concert go on sale at 10 today.
Church is one of the hottest performers in country music. He is the leading nominee for the Nov. 1 CMA Awards with five nominations: male vocalist of the year; single, song and music video of the year for “Springsteen”; and album of the year for “Chief.”
Justin Moore and Kip Moore will open. Tickets cost $37.50-$47.50 and can be purchased at the arena box office; www.lmctix.com; or by calling (855) 456-2849.