I Believe I Can Fly
|"I Believe I Can Fly"|
|Single by R. Kelly|
|from the album R. and
Space Jam: Music from and Inspired by the Motion Picture
|Released||November 26, 1996|
|Format||CD single, cassette single|
|Genre||R&B, soul, gospel|
|Length||5:22 (album version)
4:42 (radio edit)
|R. Kelly singles chronology|
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"I Believe I Can Fly" is a 1996 song written, produced and performed by R&B singer R. Kelly from the soundtrack to the 1996 film Space Jam. It was originally released on November 26, 1996, but later appeared in Kelly's 1998 album R..
In early 1997, "I Believe I Can Fly" reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100; it was kept from the No. 1 spot by Toni Braxton's "Un-Break My Heart". Despite the fact that two of R. Kelly's songs did reach number one, "I Believe I Can Fly" remains the biggest hit of R. Kelly's career. The single was number one on the R&B Singles chart (for six nonconsecutive weeks), and also topped the charts in the United Kingdom. It has won three Grammy Awards, and was ranked No. 406 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2004. The music video was directed by Hype Williams and R. Kelly himself.
- Produced and Arranged by R. Kelly
- Recorded by Stephen George at Battery Studios, Chicago
- Assistant Recording Engineers: Chris Brickley and Rick Behrens
- String Orchestra recorded by Carl Robinson at United Sound Systems - Studio A, Detroit
- Mixed by R. Kelly and Stephen George at Chicago Recording Co.
- Assistant Mix Engineer: Ron Lowe
- Programmed by R. Kelly and Stephen George
- Lead Vocals: R. Kelly
- Background Vocals: The Luv Club Choir, directed by Percy Bady
- Keyboard: Percy Bady
- Strings: Paul Riser and The Motown Romance Orchestra, led by Hart Hollman
- Executive Producer: Barry Hankerson
- In 2003, punk rock band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes covered the song for their album Take a Break.
- American singer William Hung recorded this song for his 2004 album Inspiration.
- Saxophonist Marion Meadows also covered the song from the album Dressed to Chill.
- American singer and actress Patti Labelle sang the chorus of the song on her 1998 live album Live One Night Only as an addition to her signature tune "Over the Rainbow".
- American singer and actress Jessica Simpson sang the song on her DreamChaser Tour in 2001.
- The song has also been covered by Etta James, Yolanda Adams (in a duet with Gerald Levert), Ruth Brown, James Ingram, Ronan Keating, Bianca Ryan, and formerly of Woe, Is Me Tyler Carter.
- American Idol candidates Katharine McPhee, Anwar Robinson, Aaron Kelly, Curtis Finch Jr., and Jacob Lusk all performed the song in different seasons of the TV show.
- The song was covered by Tim Olstad on season 3 of the The X Factor.
- The song was covered by Delvin Choice on season 6 of The Voice.
In film and television
Other than appearing on the soundtrack for the film Space Jam, "I Believe I Can Fly" was performed by the school band in the movie Drumline during the high school graduation ceremony of Devon Miles (Nick Cannon).
- In Ice Age: The Meltdown, Crash the possum sings the song before he crashes into a tree.
- In the film Good Boy!, Wilson briefly sings the song while diving into a pool.
- In Fun with Dick and Jane, Jim Carrey sings along with the song as it is played in an elevator.
- This song also appeared on the first American season of The X Factor, where R. Kelly performed "I Believe I Can Fly" for the first time as a duet with the eventual winner of the show Melanie Amaro.
- This song was also performed on The Voice as the last solo song for the second season's winner Jermaine Paul.
- American musical TV series Glee, performed a version of the song in episode fourteen of season three, "On My Way" (aired on February 21, 2012). It is a mash-up track with the song "Fly" by Nicki Minaj featuring Rihanna.
- In The Hangover Part III, Leslie Chow sings a 12-second portion of the song, while parachuting through Las Vegas.
Notable other performances
R. Kelly performed the song at the 40th Annual Grammy Awards.
On December 21, 2011, R. Kelly performed it on X-Factor as a duet with Melanie Amaro.
On October 13, 2012, when the Space Shuttle Endeavour was being transferred from Los Angeles International Airport to the California Science Center through the streets of Los Angeles, the recording was played as the shuttle left The Forum, and the song was performed live by James Ingram later that day at Debbie Allen's live show celebrating the Endeavour's arrival at the corner of Crenshaw Blvd and Martin Luther King Blvd. (The shuttle was delayed over five hours in arriving there; to keep the crowd entertained, the performance went on only slightly delayed.)
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- "Austriancharts.at – R. Kelly – I Believe I Can Fly" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
- "Nederlandse Top 40 – R. Kelly search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
- "Lescharts.com – R. Kelly – I Believe I Can Fly" (in French). Les classement single.
- "Chartverfulgong > R. Kelly > I Believe I Can Fly – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
- "Swedishcharts.com – R. Kelly – I Believe I Can Fly". Singles Top 60.
- "UK Top 100 - 1997". Retrieved 2010-08-28.
- "Billboard Top 100 - 1997". Retrieved 2010-08-28.
- Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010.
- "Dressed to Chill overview". Allmusic.com.
- "Dressed to Chill Marion Meadows". JazzTimes.com.
- GLEE: The New Directions Perform Fly/I Believe I Can Fly on Perez TV
- NASA (2008). "STS-122 Wakeup Calls". NASA. Retrieved February 16, 2008.
- 1997 NBA Finals Tribute on YouTube
- "Halifax unveil home insurance ad with Adam and Eve". The Drum. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
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