*Kelly Price is coming into the “greatest season” of her life and she is celebrating lessons learned with a new album, appropriately titled “Sing Pray Love.”
Inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert’s book “Eat, Pray, Love,” Price sat down with ESSENCE.com to talk about the new music, her own “Eat, Pray, Love” moments, and healing from her season on R&B Divas.
Is your new song “It’s My Time” about some kind of transformative moment you’re going through?
I wrote the song a couple a months before I turned 40. Being in that space and thinking about what turning 40 meant, having two adult children. My catchphrase when turning 40 last year was ‘I’m too old to be young and dumb, but I’m too young to be old and numb.’ Everything inside of that headspace was saying, ‘Okay, everything that you wanted to do. Get up. Get out. Do it. It’s that time.’
We have to talk about the title of the album, Sing Pray Love!
If you’ve seen the movie, Eat Pray Love and know the storyline of it, again, that’s the kind of headspace I was in coming into my 40th birthday. Being at a point in life where I evaluated and looked over things. The things I feel like I played too safe, the things that I knew I’d had to wait for because I wasn’t just an artist, I was still a wife and a mother and very hands on with my family. It was a point of really deciding that if I don’t choose to live while I’m alive, I’ll die never having lived. I don’t have a bucket list. I have a ‘Get It’ list.
In the book she quit her job, moved to Italy. How did this manifest for you the whole “Eat, Pray, Love” situation?
Well, I didn’t quit my job. We were actually in the process of filming R&B Divas: L.A. before my 40th birthday. Doing the show was actually a part of my Sing Pray Love thing. I decided to do a reality show, and I’m not sorry that I did it. I’m mature enough to understand, and I have … My faith is deeply rooted enough to understand that there really are no wasted experiences. It definitely wasn’t my favorite, but in hindsight, I can say that there are lessons that I learned in that, and I even got some reminders. Anybody that knows or doesn’t know reality TV, there’s so much more to it than you ever get to see when the finished product comes out. It was a problem for me to see…
To read about Price’s reaction to the angry tweets by Mariah Carey fans who thought a tweet she put out was directed at the singer (Price says it was not); and if she has spoken about it to Carey since, go to Essence.com
Kelly Price’s new album, Sing Pray Love, comes out June 3.