Kelly Price Faces 'Church Bigotry' for 'As We Lay' Gospel Performance, Scheduling at Fault
R&B singer Kelly Price took to Twitter and Instagram to address her "disheartening" experience after a mix-up in her performance schedule at the Indiana Black Expo found her facing some "church bigotry" for singing "As We Lay" in front of concertgoers expecting to hear gospel music during the Gospel Explosion.
"How dare you sing a song about infidelity during a gospel show" was the root of the negative and hurtful remarks singer Kelly Price faced, after finishing her live performance at the recent Indiana Black Expo. EUR reported how the ill-perceived performance of the singer's most notable Shirley Murdock cover of "As We Lay," prompted many to ridicule and judge her for singing a song about adultery, referencing "stolen moments" and "both belong[ing] to someone else."
In a string of tweets and Instagram videos, Price spoke about the incident, and singled out the emcee of the event whom she said "followed behind [her]," after getting off the stage from her performance and "felt it necessary to make some comments, that indicated to a degree that,.. [the] performance was inappropriate."
What the emcee and others who commented failed to realize was that Price was invited to perform that song, along with her other music, but for a different segment of the expo.
Promoters of IBE and producer and singer Rico Love chimed in on social media in Price's defense to explain how what happened had nothing to do with her, but was the result of a schedule conflict that placed the former R&B Divas: Los Angeles star on the stage during the wrong time slot.
"For everyone bashing my sister @mskellyprice for performing 'As We Lay' at a Gospel concert, you should know that she had NO clue that it was the gospel portion of the show," commented Love on the IBE Instagram post. "...By mistake performance time was pushed back and instead of her closing the earlier show it looked as if she was the opening performer of the gospel portion."
For everyone bashing my sister @mskellyprice for performing "As We Lay" at a Gospel concert, you should know that she had NO clue that it was the gospel portion of the show. She was asked by ME to come and be apart of my #WeLoveMusicConference. And she sent in her show tape ahead of time so everyone knew what she was going to perform . By mistake performance time was pushed back and instead of her closing the earlier show it looked as if she was the opening performer of the gospel portion. But the bigger issue here is the judgmental spirit that has existed in the church for far too long. I saw some of the things that ppl were commenting under her post and it was disgusting. These ppl did NOT KNOW THE FACTS but had no problem spewing those disgusting words to her "in the name of the church". We need to re-evaluate who we are and who's we are! I want to publicly apologize to Kelly for this confusion and I pray that we can become better when it comes to dealing with each-other ESPECIALLY when we have NO CLUE WHAT WE ARE SPEAKING ABOUT. I'm grateful to @inblackexpoinc for being such class acts about the situation . They stand behind Kelly and so do I . #TTLO A photo posted by Rico Love (@iamricolove) on Jul 18, 2016 at 8:11am PDT
Rico Love explained how he personally invited Price, and other artists, to take part in the first annual We Love Music Conference 2016, which also included a separate segment for gospel music lovers -- The Gospel Explosion.
Upon revealing what really happened with the timing mix-up, some of the commenters were apologetic and reached out to the 47-year-old to ask for forgiveness.
Twitter follower Treja C Bostic @GiftGrindGod wrote, "I apologize..." after finding out the details, and DDR @dreed0720 wrote, "I mis judge [sic] her without reading the entire story. Please forgive me God."
Watch the footage of Kelly Price's video performance below posted by Angry Man @AngryBlkManDC.