Author : Tee Mayberry
When I think of a soulful, sultry and seductive singer I think of Kelly Price. From the first note she hits until the fading out of the bridge, Kelly lays it down like no other R&B female artist that steps to the mic. Price a mezzo-soprano has become known as “The Urban Crooner” to many of her peers in the music industry. Her voice is so smooth, if I had to compare her to other artists, I’d say she’s a mix between Faith Evans for her vocal mobility, song writing skills and technique, and Shirley Murdock for her vocal tone.
Kelly Cherelle Price was born in Queens N.Y. Daughter of a preacher man and her mother was a musician for the church they attended. She began singing in church around the age of six in the adult choir where she was given the name “Little Mahalia Jackson” because she could practically out sang each and every adult in the choir.
Kelly’s musical career started in 1992. During a vocal warm up for a show that she was performing with George Michael at Madison Square Garden, Mariah Carey happened to be running late for her performance at the Grammys and overheard Kelly singing. To say the least, Mariah was impressed. Mariah later scheduled a meeting with her then husband Tommy Mattola who was then the CEO of Sony Columbia records. She sang for him and the rest was a done deal. In the beginning Kelly did appearances and background vocals for some of the hottest acts that were performing at that time. She appeared on many hit singles such as Mariah Carey’s “Fantasy”, The Notorious Big’s “Mo money Mo problems” and the late Whitney Houston’s “Heartbreak Hotel” to name a few.
Finally in 1994, she was offered a record deal and signed with Island Records where she released her first album “Soul of a Woman” which went platinum. This was only the beginning for Kelly. Later, Kelly’s label Island Records merged with Def Jam records in 1996. Kelly has released five more albums in which she has received several awards and most of her works have reached gold or platinum status. In 2006, Kelly signed with Ecclectic Sounding/Gospel Centric a label that allowed Kelly to get back in touch with her gospel roots. And My Lord, did she! The title of the full gospel album is, “This is who I am.”
Kelly has also recorded several songs for movies one being my favorite, the movie “Bringing down the House” in which she covered the hit single “Ain’t Nobody by Rufus and Chaka Khan. “Tired” originally written and performed on Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Big Happy Family” soundtrack. Kelly is just one of those artists who are chameleons of the music industry.
Kelly is not only a recording artist, she is a philanthropist as well. In the year 2000, Kelly donated $250,000 dollars to research and study the fight for breast cancer. The money that Price donated was from the single she released in January year 2000 “Love sets you free.” Kelly was so adamant about the fight of breast cancer due to the revealing of her Mother and Mother-in-Law’s diagnosis with breast cancer. Breast cancer later claimed the life of her Mother-in-Law in 1998.
Today Kelly Price is signed to the label Sang Girl/My Block in which she recently released and is promoting her self-entitled album “Kelly”. She has been nominated three times for the single from this album “Not my Daddy” Bam! She is also appearing in the popular TV One reality show “Divas” a show that offers well known ladies in the music industry a platform to show other young ladies who desire to be in the industry and how challenging it can be.
NOW ON TO THE FOOD !
Kelly Price is a big seafood lover and will eat anything in the seafood and shellfish family. We at Lhyme decided to make a delicious Tuna Nicoise Salad that is perfect to represent Kelly Price and a great dish to eat during warmer weather ! Enjoy !!
HEALING TUNA NICOISE SALAD
Ingredients for Dressing :
– 1/2 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
– 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
– 2 Tablespoons Chopped Parsley
– Salt and Pepper
– 1 Tablespoon Tarragon
– Juice of 1 Lemon
Ingredients for Salad
– 1/2 pound red potatoes, scrubbed and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch thick slices
– 1/4 pound haricots verts, or small, thin green beans
– 1 1/2 pound of Yellow Fin Canned Tuna
– Salt and Pepper
– 2 Tablespoons Capers
– 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
– 1 Large Head of Romaine or Bibb Lettuce, chopped into bite size pieces
– 2 Teaspoons Chopped Fresh Parsley
– 1 Pound of Heirloom Tomatoes ( whatever colors you like to dress your salad), sliced into wedges
– 1/2 Cup of Greek Mixed Olives
– 1/2 Cup Red Onion, Sliced
– 4 Hard-boiled Eggs, peeled and sliced
– -1/2 cup Fresh Chives, thinly diced
1) Bring 2 medium pots of salted water to a boil. Add the potatoes to 1 pot and blanch until tender, about 5 to 6 minutes. Drain in a colander, pat dry, and set aside. Add the green beans to the other pot and blanch until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain in a colander, pat dry, and set aside.
2) Cut the potatoes into 4 quarter pieces , toss in 1 tablespoon Olive Oil, Chives, and a pinch of Salt.
3) Arrange your lettuce to cover the entire bottom of your plate…this will be the foundation of your salad.
4) Mix your tuna with one tablespoon olive oil, capers, parsley, and pinch of salt and pepper. Then place the tuna on top of your lettuce in the center of your plate.
5) Next arrange your tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, onions, olives and eggs on top of the lettuce as well.
6) Mix the ingredients for the dressing and set in a ramekin along side your salad or drizzle over the top. Serve immediately and Eat !