Kelly Price (born April 4, 1973, Queens, New York, United States) is an American R&B and soul singer, formerly on the Def Soul label. She made a name for herself as a backing and guest vocalist, appearing on a number of hit singles such as Mariah Carey's “Fantasy,” The Notorious B.I.G.'s “Mo Money Mo Problems” and Whitney Houston's “Heartbreak Hotel.” She has also sung background vocals for Faith Evans, Aretha Franklin, Brian McKnight and SWV and R. Kelly.
She issued her debut album, “Soul of a Woman,” in 1998 on Island Records, which contained the hit single “Friend of Mine.” The “Friend of Mine” remix was a #1 hit on the Billboard R&B Singles chart and also reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. The album reached #2 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #15 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and was later certified platinum.
She issued her second album, “Mirror Mirror,” in 2000 on the Def Soul imprint of Def Jam Records. “Mirror Mirror” featured the singles “You Should've Told Me” and the Grammy Award nominated “As We Lay,” a cover of Shirley Murdock's 1986 hit. The platinum certified album peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
A Christmas album, “One Family,” was issued in 2001. Two years later, Price returned with her third regular studio album, “Priceless.” The album went to #2 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #10 on the Billboard 200.
In October 2005, Price recorded her first live gospel project. The “This Is Who I Am” album was released in 2006 on her own label, EcclecticSounds Records. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart and peaked at #9 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
In 2006, she recorded the song "Why?" for the soundtrack “Why Did I Get Married?,” a film version of the stage play of the same name she once acted in, playing the role to Sheila.
In early 2009 Price was featured on Coko's gospel album entitled "The Winner In Me" on the track "Oh Mary". In June 2010, Price promoted her single "Tired" on The Jazz Joy and Roy syndicated radio show as "some of the best work of my career to date."
In September 2009 it was announced she would be joining Deborah Cox and Tamia to form the super group The Queen Project. The women seek to empower women of all ages, races and backgrounds by doing a number of community service projects.
Price released a solo album “Kelly” in May 2011. It reached #7 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart, #9 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #36 on the Billboard 200. It included the singles, “Tired” and “Not My Daddy” featuring Stokley.