Ruben to Get High-Profile Help

updated 08/22/2003 at 12:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/22/2003 9:00AM

The upcoming debut album of "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard will contain the experienced hands of two veterans: embattled R&B star R. Kelly and "Work It" singer Missy Elliott, reports MTV News.

Kelly, 34, who is currently free on bond after being indicted on child pornography charges last June, reportedly wrote and will produce an inspirational song for Studdard called "Send Me an Angel."

The album, to be called "Soulful," will be released Nov. 11.

"I've been touring nonstop and haven't had the chance to make my album the way I want to," Studdard, 25, said in a statement. "In order to work with the best of the best ... I need time to vibe with them so that I can put out the best album possible."

The Birmingham, Ala., crooner has already recorded a duet with Fat Joe and has been in studios with producers Harold Lilly (who has produced Monica and Deborah Cox) and Static (who has produced Jay-Z), says MTV.

Studdard's schedule should free up once the "American Idols Live Tour" concludes at the end of this month so he can concentrate on the album, MTV notes.

In the meantime, "AI" runner-up Clay Aiken's self-titled album is due Oct. 14 and involves the collaborative efforts of producers Steve Mac (who has produced Nick Carter), Clif Magness (Avril Lavigne), Steve Morales (Christina Aguilera), Rick Nowels (Dido) and Desmond Child (Cher), reports MTV.

Aiken, 24, is also due to sing "This Is the Night" Sept. 20 at the Miss America pageant, which will air live on ABC.

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