It took eight years for R&B singer Kelly Price to release a new album. When Price was nominated for a Grammy last December, it caught many people off guard. In fact, it was a sign that many fans still love her music.
Up until that point, Price hadn’t released an R&B album since 2003′s “Priceless.” In fact, when she delivered the contemporary gospel album “This Is Who I Am” three years after that, most people assumed the soulful singer had chosen a new career path.
“It’s never been a secret that I’m a preacher’s kid,” says Price from her Los Angeles home. “Gospel will forever be a part of my life; that’s why I sing the way I sing. But I never said I was leaving R&B.”
Now, the artist known for belting out such hits as “Friend of Mine,” “As We Lay” and “Heartbreak Hotel” is adding an exclamation point to that declaration with the May 3 release of her sixth album “Kelly.” Its anthemic opening track “Tired” caught Grammy voters’ attention. (Alas, she lost to Fantasia).
Not only does the project plant Price squarely back into the R&B scene, it’s helped the singer achieve her first top 40 hit on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in 11 years: second single “Not My Daddy,” featuring Mint Condition frontman Stokley Williams.
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