The Gospel crowd is usually joyous when hearing a moving song. Kelly Price though hopes they're more forgiving than anything.
Price performed a set at the Indiana Black Expo’s Gospel Explosion in Indianapolis, Indiana, Sunday (July 17) and one of her songs had people there unhappy. Her rendition of “As We Lay,” which portrays elements of adultery, didn’t sit well with the Christian crowd, and she got backlash for it.
The singer wasn’t going to leave quietly however and took to Instagram in response to the tough crowd. “I had a very, very disheartening experience,” she relayed through a video on Sunday. “I was asked to do my music — not my gospel music, but my music — which is what I did. After I got off the stage, the lady who was the MC followed behind me and felt it necessary to make some comments that I guess indicated to a degree that my performance was not appropriate.”
It seems like Kelly Price genuinely didn’t perform her single to make people feel uncomfortable. She also hit up Twitter and slammed “Church people” for not being more authentic. “I don't do #ChurchPeople #Phony,” she wrote. “The same lady that hugged me and said thank you for coming was the one who clowned me when I got off stage.” In the same Instagram post she continued to go off on the church for her perception of its lack of acceptance.
“I was on stage because I was invited,” she pointed out. “I didn’t run on the stage and decide that I was going to perform because I felt like it. I think this type of ignorance and church bigotry is ridiculous… it’s the reason why people won’t come to church. I’m very, very angry and I need to let everybody know.”
The Indy Black Expo did admit that since the times of some of their sets had to be changed, Price's performance was moved to a time that was at the beginning of the Gospel event, which wasn't supposed to happen. This had Price thanking them for their honesty.
Check out some of what was posted about the event below.
Kelly Price performs 'As We Lay' at the Indiana Black Expo Gospel Showcase 2016 pic.twitter.com/KxGy8cpSIs— Angry Man (@AngryBlkManDC) July 18, 2016
Thank you Indy Black Expo for standing in truth with me on this. I appreciate you and @iamricolove for inviting me to be a part of this weekend's festivities. I look forward to being with you again. Now that the facts are out there maybe the real issue can be heard and dealt with. Why is it so hard for Gods people to display Gods love? A REAL conversation needs to be had ...
(Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 2016 Essence Festival)