Kelis Rogers (; born August 21, 1979) is an American singer, songwriter and chef. When she was 14, Kelis was admitted to New York's Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. She learned to play the saxophone and won a spot in the Girls Choir of Harlem. Kelis took a variety of jobs and after she graduated from high school in 1997, she landed a backup vocal slot on a single called "Fairytalez" released by American hip hop group Gravediggaz. She later began working with Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, known as The Neptunes. She was later signed to Virgin Records.