R&B Singer Kelly Price Explains Why She is a Judge on BET’s “Sunday Best

The newly revamped “Sunday Best” premiered on BET June 30, and over the past several weeks viewers have been treated to the sweet sounds of the gospel singing competition for a new crop of talent after a four-year hiatus.

One of the new judges joining the now-global competition program is Kelly Price. She decides on hopeful gospel superstars alongside fellow new judge gospel musician Jonathan McReynolds and returning judge gospel singer Erica Campbell. Gospel star Kirk Franklin has also resumed his long-standing hosting duties.

But while it makes sense for McReynolds, Campbell and Franklin to be part of the series, it might not be quite as obvious why Price, whose hits include “Friend of Mine” and a cover of “As We Lay,” would want to join it.

Yet, according to the vocalist herself, she’s got deep ties to the church.

“When I was offered this job, I was glad to take it because as a preacher’s kid, as a bishop’s granddaughter, I grew up in my grandfather’s church,” she tells Atlanta Black Star. “My mother was a choir director, y’all have ministers of music. … My mother was that in her father — my grandfather’s — church.

“I come from a long line of preachers and ministers,” Price continues. “I grew up very strict. The way I was raised, we couldn’t wear pants, we could not wear large jewelry, we could not wear makeup, we could not wear our toes out. We were not allowed to dress out for gym.”

With that in mind, Kelly said she had some reservations about pursuing a career in R&B.

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SOURCE: Atlanta Black Star, Kiersten Willis