The second of three daughters, Price was raised in Queens, New York, in the church. That's where her musical roots were planted, and tended to, early on. It's where, as a two-year-old, she began singing in the children's choir, where she sang her first ...
The second of three daughters, Price was raised in Queens, New York, in the church. That's where her musical roots were planted, and tended to, early on. It's where, as a two-year-old, she began singing in the children's choir, where she sang her first solo at three and was fittingly-blessed with the moniker, Little Mahalia, a nickname given to Kellly by the teachers in elementary school after hearing her sing the first time. She'd go on to write her first song at seven and belt out her first solo in the adult choir and sing on her first studio recording all before her 10th birthday. "I grew up in a family full of singers and musicians everybody in my family wrote songs and played one or more instruments, everyone could sing and we are all self taught, no formal lessons or musical education other than what has been past on from one generation to the next". Price, whose "strict, old school Pentecostal" upbringing restricted her from wearing jewelry, make-up and pants (long skirts were the preference). But like most creative spirits, Price was destined to soar far beyond her point of origin. And so, she has.
1998 saw the release of her double-platinum debut, Soul of a Woman, which featured the record-breaking single, "Friend of Mine." The song made history as the first to garner the #1 spot on the singles chart without an accompanying video clip, a rare feat during the era when music videos were the driving force of popular culture. She returned to center stage three years later with the platinum-plus seller, Mirror, Mirror, led by her remake of the R&B classic, "As We Lay," and followed up with the gold-selling holiday collection, One Family: A Christmas Album in 2001. Three years after releasing Priceless, she returned to her roots for This Is Whom I Am, a live gospel album recorded at her church home in Long Island. The album included the uplifting single, "Healing," which not only reached the top of the gospel charts, but was also credited and awarded at the 2007 ASCAP Awards as one of the top five songs played across both R&B and Gospel genres during 2006.
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