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Event Producers Apologize to Kelly Price

R&B diva Kelly Prince came under fire over the weekend after her performance at the Indiana Black Expo’s We Love Music Conference. While Price was hired to sing a few of her signature tunes, a mixup led to her performing “As We Lay” during the gospel portion of the program.

Social media took Price to task for singing a song about an affair on a “gospel stage,” and after the Mirror Mirror singer went in on “church bigotry” things got even more intense.

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Now, the organizers of the expo are coming to Price’s defense. Yesterday, the Indiana Black Expo issued a statement clarifying the singer’s appearance.

“Ms. Price was never scheduled to perform as part of the IBE’s Gospel Explosion. Ms. Price was originally scheduled to perform two songs at 3:00 p.m., an hour before the start of the Gospel Explosion. A last minute change in schedule resulted in Ms. Price performing close to the start of the Gospel Explosion,” a statement sent to JET read. “IBE has much respect for Ms. Price and is a huge fan and supporter of her work. IBE apologizes to Ms. Price for the change in schedule that caused people to believe that performance was part of our Gospel Explosion.”

After blasting hypocritical Christians, Price–who grew up in the church–thanked event producers for setting the record straight.

“I understand that some people in the audience were offended,” Price acknowledged. “Thank you, Indy Black Expo for standing in truth with me on this. I appreciate you for inviting me to be a part of this weekend’s festivities. I look forward to being with you again.”

Price also retired her desire to have a “real” conversation about what being a true Christian really means. 

“Now that the facts are out there, maybe the real issue can be heard and dealt with. Why is it so hard for God’s people to display God’s love instead of viciously attacking people on social media?” she said. “A REAL conversation needs to be had.”