Even though Avant is often confused with R.Kelly, they're not related
R. Kelly (Robert Sylvester Kelly) was born on January 8, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in a Chicago house project, where he was raised by his single mother, and began singing in his church's choir as a young child.
One of five children, Kelly was later able to attend Kenwood Academy. There, he was persuaded by his music teacher, Lena McLin, that he truly had a gift for performing.
Avant (Myron Avant) on the other hand, was born on April 26, 1978 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was the youngest of six children, and was raised in the city’s 110th St. and Woodland Avenue neighborhood.
He sang in the choir at the now-closed Union Hill Baptist Church, and listened to the music of Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, the O’Jays, and the Isley Brothers.