Kelly Price faced harsh criticism after her performance at the Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration. She’s come under fire for singing her biggest R&B hit “As We Lay” during Gospel portion of the show.
Naturally, audience members were outraged that Price would sing such a scandalous song during the Gospel portion of the event, but the whole thing was just a huge misunderstanding.
Kelly explained in a series of Facebook videos how she was told to perform her songs, not specifically her gospel songs at the Expo. She was originally scheduled to go on well before the Gospel portion, but her time was pushed back, landing it right in the middle of the sanctified set.
Kelly Price performs ‘As We Lay’ at the Indiana Black Expo Gospel Showcase 2016 pic.twitter.com/KxGy8cpSIs
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In her videos, Kelly expressed anger over people who ridiculed her for performing the song. She expressed anger towards the church crowd who she said expressed hate towards her. “I think this type of ignorance and this type of church bigotry is ridiculous and it’s the reason why people won’t come to church.”
The Indiana Black Expo has since released a statement to clarify the situation and to apologize to Kelly for the misunderstanding. Producer Rico Love and contemporary Gosel artist Tasha Page Lockhart even came to Kelly’s defense:
@mskellyprice love you lady #churchgirl #Pk She’s famous for that music and that’s what she was hired to sing. How can you blame her for what she had no knowledge of. Some of y’all so quick to be mean and judgemental and you’re sitting at home clocking in to another man’s business. Don’t let jealousy cause you to say mean self righteous things. Just work on your craft so that you can start getting those calls. Oh what about all the churches that did a Prince tribute in their churches after he passed? That was ok but what she did wasn’t? Smh #kellyprice #PksUnited #TheChurchStillLovesYou #GodStillLovesYou
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