|Kelly Price - This Is Who I Am|
Reviewed by Matt Crossman
The opening track announces Ms Price to the world, but in case you don't already know who she is, let me enlighten you. According to her website, Kelly Price is the daughter of the late Rev Joseph Price and Evangelist Claudia Price, with a strong gospel tradition evident. Her resume as a backing vocalist is impressive too, citing vocals and songwriting work with (among others) Mariah Carey, George Michael and (rather curiously) the Notorious B.I.G. With such a heritage, the quality of this release is evident from the outset, with a mixture of live tracks and studio efforts showcasing a distinctly superior crew of backing musicians and the spectacular vocals of Ms Price. But as we know, in the world of gospel, hot bands and great vocals aren't rare - what makes or breaks an artist is the quality of the songs. What is so special about this recording is the way the Gospel is presented in such a real, relevant way whilst being so darn FUNKY. Elements of bluesy "life story" confession fuse with the brooding arrangements, exploding into life with her choir of backing singers. There's even a bit of jazz flute thrown in. "I Can't Turn Back" is one of the highlights of the album - treading water between stomping rock, '80s-metal driving riffs and Chaka Khan-esque soul funk to astounding effect (geeky fact: Ms Price was seen covering "Ain't Nobody" in the 2003 film Bringing Down The House). Highly recommended for all R&B gospel fans.
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|Kelly Price is daughter of evangelist Claudia Price and the late Rev Joseph Price and was nurtured and developed spiritually and musically under the watchful eye of her mother and the pastorate of her grandparents.|
She has recorded and toured with such greats as Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Mary J Blige, Diddy, LL Cool J, Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, Mary Mary, Eric Clapton and the legendary Ronald Isley, to name a few.
Throughout her career accomplishments, this extraordinary artist and incomparable singer has had a passion for the music she grew up singing in the church. On her Gospel debut, This Is Who I Am, Kelly’s sweet, smooth voice is as soulful as ever and the songs showcase her incredible writing and producing chops.
Special guests on this album include Donnie McClurkin, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Joel Ligon and Richard Smallwood. This Is Who I Am is sure to become a fast favourite for its empowering message of faith and journey of self-discovery.