Kelly Price's mother remembers her baby daughter singing out from her crib in the middle of a quiet night. Not too surprising as the little spiritual diva was raised accompanying her father, the Reverend Joseph Price (as well as her evangelist mother, Claudia, and siblings), to work every day at the Full Gospel Mission in Queens, New York, a workplace filled with song and positive vibes. Kelly wrote her first song at age 7 after reading a tragic black history story for school. Music became her primary language, with a young Price recording her first song at age 10 and starting a touring career accompanying Mariah Carey and other famous soloists by age 17. Her 2006 gospel album, This Is Who I Am, and 2007 book, But, I Just Wanna Sing!, both reflect a hope for people to "come into true freedom by understanding who they are, why they were created and how to press through anything that comes their way to make sure they fulfill their divine destinies." Her spiritual and ethnic journey comes full circle Sunday when she headlines the 24th Annual Black Music and the Civil Rights Movement Concert: A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. The DSO and TBAALs 200-Voice Concert Choir will join Price in honoring the major events of the U.S. civil rights movement through film footage, narration and music. Call 214-743-2400 or visit TBAAL.org.
Sun., Jan. 14