Cornell Haynes or as he will be called later, Nelly, was born in Texas, on November 2, 1978. In 1996, he formed a group “St. Lunatics” along with his high school friends. After some searching of “the door to show business”, the group had a unique opportunity to record its single the same year. Soon, the single “Gimmie What You Got” was born. The band members were the producers. The single became very popular in St. Louis, and was sold a good circulation of 7000 copies. Nevertheless, the group has not achieved the desired popularity.
Years passed, and no contracts were signed. And a few years later the group decided that Nelly should start a solo career. His talent should not be lost in the shadow of the group. And he played a solo bid. Some time passed and Nelly was signed to Universal Records, and already in 2000, Nelly released his first single, followed by a full-length album “Country Grammar” in June. The album received recognition immediately and hit the Top 10 of many charts.
Nelly did not forget about his group and recorded the first full-length album “Free City” in 2001. The next album “Nellyville”, after its release, has long been a leader in many charts not only in the US but also in other countries of the world.
The next step in Nelly's career was the release of two albums. This happened in 2004. The albums “Sweat” and “Suit” came on the same day. At the same time, more melodic “Suit” took the first position in the Billboard albums chart, and “Sweat” - the second. Thus, Nelly became the champion not only on the number of produced albums at a time, but also on the positions occupied by these works.
In 2010, the fifth creation of Nelly titled “5.0” appeared. The success of the album was provided by a whole galaxy of renowned producers like Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland, Keri Hilson.