Kelly Price Calls Out ‘Church Bigotry’
Grammy nominated singer and songwriter Kelly Price has a powerful voice. The platinum-selling artist is known for her soul-stirring vocals, but she’s trending on social media for a totally different reason today.
Over the weekend, Price performed at the Indiana Black Expo, but things didn’t exactly go according to plan. Due to a mixup, Price appeared on the Gospel stage, but performed Shirley Murdock’s 1985 hit “As We Lay,” a song about the morning after an affair.
After her performance, Price took to Instagram to call out “church bigotry” after one of the organizers criticized her musical choice.
“I think this type of ignorance and this type of church bigotry is ridiculous. And I think it’s the reason why people won’t come to church,” Price said.
After some fans slammed her criticism of the church and decision to sing a secular song, Price explained she was never hired to sing gospel in the first place.
“I was never supposed to be on a gospel stage. They were running late and they put me up late and they’d already switched over to the gospel format and I was unaware,” Prince explained to a fan on Instagram. “I was never told that the stage I was going to perform on was a gospel stage. I was told it was the main stage. So I sang the music that I am known for singing. But let’s just say this… Even if I had sang my music like I was asked to on the gospel stage why does that excuse someone who calls themselves a representative of Christianity for treating me In a less than Christian way?”
Gospel artist Tasha Page-Lockhart echoed Price’s sentiments and also encouraged the singer’s critics to “get the facts first.”
Over on Twitter, folks poked fun at the whole affair.
Kelly Price: "its morninggggggggg"
The WHOLE Gospel Expo: pic.twitter.com/JKdE6oIUYW
— Lemon Head (@missleighcarter) July 18, 2016
Who slept with Kelly Price man in the church house that she felt the need to get on stage and sing As We Lay? Who?
— coach yae. ღ (@_Yeezy) July 18, 2016
Kelly Price could sing an acoustic version of "Back Dat Azz Up" and STILL save souls!
— The Last Top (@JUSLIKEMIKE863) July 18, 2016
Me: "Kelly Price, could you sing the Hymn of Preparation?"
Kelly: "All you ladies pop that thang like this…"
— Rev. Melech Thomas (@RevMelech) July 18, 2016
Despite the jokes, this is a serious matter for Price, who said she’s happy to be the catalyst for a “real conversation” on church bigotry.
“I Love God. I don’t play games with him or his people. In the last 12 hours Ive been slammed and dragged online by “born again Christians” speaking on things they didn’t have facts about,” she wrote on Instagram. “It had to be me and it had to blow up this way. Now starts the very public and very real conversation about church bigotry on MY platform. I hope you’re ready. I am.”