During mid 2007, Kelis toured in Europe, appearing in numerous festivals across the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, such as Wireless, Rise and Gurtenfestival.Ford chose Kelis to help advertise the 2007 Ford Edge, and she recorded a theme song for the commercial, entitled "Push It to the Edge", with help from producer Scott Storch. After Kelis left Jive, the label released a fourteen-track greatest hits album entitled The Hits in March 2008. D's "Truth or Dare", and Richard X's "Finest Dreams" appear on the album alongside every charted Kelis single to that date, with the exception of "Blindfold Me".
Her first name is a portmanteau of her father's name, Kenneth (1944–2000), and her mother's name, Eveliss.
Her father Kenneth was an African American jazz musician and Pentecostal minister, and was formerly a professor at Wesleyan University.
born August 21, 1979), better known mononymously as Kelis, is an American singer, songwriter and chef. Her third album, 2003's Tasty, earned the singer commercial prominence and produced the hit single "Milkshake", her most well-known song.
Kelis achieved international success with her 1999 debut album, Kaleidoscope, but left her label Virgin Records after its follow-up, Wanderland (2001), received little sales attention and no U. Kelis Was Here (2006), her fourth album, was the subject of further label disputes and she took a hiatus from music after its release, during which she trained at Le Cordon Bleu culinary school.
In an interview with Charlotte Roche, Kelis says she was kicked out of her parents' house at the age of sixteen for bad behavior, stating that she would sometimes clash with her mother, but continued her education at the Fiorello H.
La Guardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, where she formed the R&B trio BLU (Black Ladies United).
The same year, she had a top 20 US club hit with a remix of "Young, Fresh 'n' New" remix produced by Timo Maas, who subsequently featured Kelis on his single "Help Me". People had started messing with me along the lines of 'Is she REALLY any good without The Neptunes? And so I was like 'I'll take that challenge'." The single and album immediately found success in Europe.
According to the BPI, Tasty went platinum in the United Kingdom, selling over 300,000 copies, and "Milkshake" went silver, selling over 200,000 units.
As a child, Kelis sang in church choirs and played violin, piano, and saxophone while attending Manhattan Country School, a private school.
At the age of 13, Kelis shaved off all of her hair.
Kelis contributed a track titled "80's Joint" to the soundtrack of the 2006 dance film Step Up.