Sparkle (singer)

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Birth nameStephanie Edwards
Also known asSparkle
Born (1975-05-13) May 13, 1975 (age 44)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
OriginChicago, Illinois
Years active1998–present
Associated acts

Stephanie Edwards (born May 13, 1975), better known by her stage name Sparkle, is an American R&B singer. She began her career in 1998 as a protégé of fellow Chicago native R. Kelly. Sparkle is best known for her 1998 R&B debut hit single "Be Careful".


Sparkle first started singing in her family's gospel music group. Sparkle met singer R. Kelly while he was working as a male artist in 1989. Sparkle was the first and only successful artist to release an album on Kelly's Rockland label. Sparkle's début album, the self-titled Sparkle, was released on May 19, 1998. The album debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and No. 2 on the R&B charts and was certified gold very soon after the release. The album is best known for the single "Be Careful," a 1998 duet with R. Kelly, which made it to two of Billboard's major airplay charts, peaking at No. 3 on the Rhythmic Top 40 and charted at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot R&B Airplay for six consecutive weeks, while also reaching No. 7 in the UK.[1] Despite the success of her début album, Sparkle and R. Kelly began to have creative differences while working on her second album, which led to her asking to be released from Rockland/Interscope. She then signed with Motown Records, where she would release her second album Told You So in 2000. However, the album didn't do as well because of lack of promotion, only making it to 121 on the Billboard 200, while scoring a minor hit with the single "It's a Fact". On August 13, 2012, Sparkle released her first music video in 12 years called "So Bad"; however, the single is currently not available for purchase on iTunes or any digital music outlet.

Personal life[edit]

R. Kelly trial (2002)[edit]

In 2002, the Chicago Police Child Investigative Unit and a writer for the Chicago Sun Times showed Sparkle a videotape allegedly of her young niece, then approximately 14, and R. Kelly engaging in sexual acts. Sparkle identified the young girl as her niece. Sparkle testified against R. Kelly in a subsequent criminal trial on charges of child pornography in 2008.[2] However, in the end, the jury found Kelly not guilty in the case.


Sparkle has worked with several artists, including Aaliyah (backing vocals on Age Ain't Nothing but a Number album), R. Kelly on R; Mary J. Blige on Share My World;[3] Wyclef Jean on "Loving You Remix"; Avant on the remix of "Separated" which features Kelly Rowland; Joe on "Woman's Heart", Jimmy Sommers; and Tank. Sparkle also has sung background vocals for Toni Braxton in her Las Vegas stage show Toni Braxton Revealed.



Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications
U.S. U.S. R&B
1998 Sparkle 3 2
2000 Told You So
  • Released: October 24, 2000
  • Label: Motown
121 31


  • "Be Careful" (feat. R. Kelly) (1998)
  • "Time To Move On" (1998)
  • "What About" (1998)
  • "Lovin You" (1999)
  • "It's a Fact"
  • "Good Life"
  • "So Bad" (2012)
  • We Are Ready (2018)


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 518. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ "Jurors have R. Kelly Case". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 25, 2010.
  3. ^ "Artist Profile: Sparkle". Retrieved September 25, 2010.
  4. ^ "Sparkle Certifications". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2017-10-02.