R. Kelly Records Benefit Single To Salute ‘Soldier’s Heart’

Song dedicated to armed forces, soldiers fighting against terrorism.

Under harsh scrutiny for allegedly having sex with minors, R. Kelly will take a step away from the scandal by doing what he does best — singing an inspirational anthem.

On April 23, Kelly will release the benefit single “Soldier’s Heart,” a song he wrote, produced and performed as a salute to America’s armed forces, according to his spokesperson.

Proceeds from the sales of the single will be donated to Army Emergency Relief (AER), an organization that provides financial assistance to active and retired soldiers and their families and to hospitalized veterans in Kelly’s native Chicago.

“Soldier’s Heart,” which will be serviced to radio on April 15, pays particular tribute to the soldiers who are fighting against terrorism, Kelly’s spokesperson said.

The song is Kelly’s first solo work to be released since the Chicago Sun-Times reported receiving a videotape in February of Kelly allegedly having sex with a teenager (see “R. Kelly Proclaims Innocence In Teen Sex Scandal” ). The Best of Both Worlds, an album Kelly recorded with Jay-Z, was greeted last month with sales figures dwarfed by those of Kelly’s last release, TP-2.com (see “Dr. Dre, Fat Joe, Tweet Weigh In On R. Kelly Sex Scandal” ).

Kelly performed at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics just after the tape surfaced, though he backed out of Tuesday’s Urban Aid 2 benefit (see “R. Kelly Out, Alicia Keys In For Urban Aid 2 Show” ).