Kelis Rogers (born August 21, 1979 ( /kəˈliːs/) is an American musical artist. She is a BRIT Award, Q Award and NME Award winner and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards. She is known for her hit single "Milkshake". Kelis appeared on Moby's Area One Tour, supported U2 on the European leg of their Elevation Tour and headlined her own All Hearts Tour with Robyn.
Kelis was born and raised in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Her first name is a portmanteau of her father's name, Kenneth, and her mother's name, Eveliss. Her father is an African American jazz musician and Pentecostal minister and was formerly a professor at Wesleyan University. Eveliss is a Chinese-Puerto Rican fashion designer who inspired Kelis to pursue her singing career. She has three sisters, Kelis being the third born of the four girls.
As a child, Kelis sang in church choirs and played violin, piano, and saxophone while attending Manhattan Country School, a private school. Kelis left home at age sixteen, but continued her education at age sixteen when she went to the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, where she formed the R&B trio BLU (Black Ladies United). After...