Kelly Price (born April 4, 1973, Queens, New York, United States) is an American R&B and soul singer, formerly on the Def Soul label.
Life and music career
Price first made a name for herself as a backing and guest vocalist, appearing on a number of hit singles such as Mariah Carey's "Fantasy", The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Mo Money Mo Problems", and Whitney Houston's "Heartbreak Hotel". She has also sung background vocals for Faith Evans, Aretha Franklin, Brian McKnight and SWV.
She issued her debut album, Soul of a Woman, in 1997 on Island Records, which contained the hit single "Friend of Mine". A "Friend of Mine" remix, also included on the album, featured R. Kelly and Ronald Isley. Isley takes on the role of Price's Godfather, 'Mr. Biggs', who takes Price's husband (played by R. Kelly) to task for cheating on Price with her best friend. The "Friend of Mine" remix was a #1 hit on the U.S. R&B chart.
She issued her second album, Mirror Mirror, in 1997 on the Def Soul imprint of Def Jam Records; Island and Def Jam had merged in 1999, with Price and labelmates Dru Hill being reassigned to Def Soul. Mirror Mirror featured the singles "You Should've Told Me" and the Grammy Award nominated "As We Lay", a cover of Shirley Murdock's 1986 hit. A remix of "Love Sets You Free" was issued a single in 2000, produced by Teddy Riley and starring a number of fellow R&B performers, including Babyface, Tamar Braxton, Aaron Hall, Blackstreet, and Def Soul labelmates Dru Hill, Case, Montell Jordan, LovHer and Kandice Love.
Price was featured in the 2003 film, Bringing Down the House, performing a cover of the 1983 Rufus & Chaka Khan hit "Ain't Nobody."
A Christmas album, One Family, was issued in 2001. Two years later, Price returned with her third regular studio album, Priceless. In October 2005, Price recorded her first live gospel project. The This Is Who I Am album has been released on October 24, 2006 on her own label, EcclectiSounds Records. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard Gospel Charts and peaked at #9 on the R&B album chart.
Price was inducted as an honorary member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. in July 2006.
In early 2007, Price kicked off a tour with the 'Sisters in the Spirit 2007'.
In 2006, she recorded the song "Why?" for the soundtrack Why Did I Get Married?, a film version of the stage play of the same name she once acted in, playing the role to Sheila.
Price grew up in the projects of Far Rockaway, Queens, New York and her father died when she was only nine years old.
Price lives with her husband/manager, Jeffrey Rolle, and their children, Jeffrey Jr., and Jonia, outside of Atlanta, Georgia.
Her grandfather is the Bishop Jerome Norman the pastor of the Full Gospel Mission Church of God in Christ in Queens, New York and the jurisdicitonal prelate over the Barbados West Indies Ecclesiasitcal Jurisdiction since 1990 by Bishop J.O. Patterson, Sr. Her mother, Claudia Price, was the musical director of the church. Price began singing in the church as a six year old with a big voice and a nickname of 'Little Mahalia Jackson'.
Breast cancer activist
In December 2000, Price donated $250,000 to fight breast cancer. She presented a check to Tony Martell of the T.J. Martell Foundation and Denise Rich of G&P Foundation For Cancer Research to help with the ongoing fight against breast cancer. Price donated the proceeds from her hit single "Love Sets You Free" which she recorded in January 2000.
In April 1999, Price volunteered to showcase her fashion designs during a special charity gala and fashion show to help the National Breast Cancer Awareness Initiative raise money for breast cancer education for minority women. The previous year, Price learned that her mother-in-law had breast cancer. Later in 1998, Price's own mother also was diagnosed with the disease. Her mother-in-law died from the disease.
Claudia Price, the mother of Kelly, is a survivor of inflammatory breast cancer which is the deadliest and most deceptive type of breast cancer. Claudia, who is a New York City resident, has become a breast cancer activist to educate the public about the disease. She was the chairwoman of the seventh annual Sister to Sister Fitness Festival held in Dallas, Texas which was sponsored by the Celebrating Life Foundation.
Claudia experienced pain in her breast in 1997, but said fear and a lack of insurance kept her from seeking immediate medical attention. Instead, she waited two years before seeing a doctor. While at work one day in 1999, her doctor called and said she had inflammatory breast cancer. Doctors gave her two months to live. She underwent chemotherapy, and the disease as of October, 2006 is in remission.