The embattled R&B singer does his bit...

Embattled R&B star R Kelly has recorded a new track in support of the US troops in Iraq.

The R&B singer says the song, ‘Soldiers Heart’, is a tribute to the soldiers who are risking their lives to preserve freedom.

According to ananova, the track is due for release in the US on April 23 – with all proceeds going to the families of soldiers, through Kelly‘s I Believe I Can Fly foundation.


said: “This song is my way of saying thank you to everyone protecting us, and allowing us to sleep comfortable at night and send our children off to school in the morning.

“Some of these young men and women are just 18-20 years old themselves, some have never left their hometown prior to basic or advanced training. The fact that their journey is far, frightening, and unfamiliar to them does not stop them.”

He added: “The old statement music can calm the savage beast is true in so many ways. It can also sooth pain, bring calm, and uplift and that’s what I’m trying to do through my music this time.”

The star is awaiting trial in Chicago> on 21 charges of child pornography relating to a videotape allegedly showing him engaging in sex acts with a minor.