Kelly Price and Sang Girl Management Launch Road to Grammys Countdown
Los Angeles, CA– Sang Girl Management (SGM) launches its Road to the GRAMMYS® campaign to celebrate R&B recording artist Kelly Price’s nomination for three GRAMMY® categories including “Best R&B Performance” (Kelly Price and Stokely), “Best R&B Song” (Not My Daddy) and “Best R&B Album” (Kelly). The campaign will include daily blasts via social media, radio and television appearances and grass roots thank you events for the fans and media. Sang Girl one of the few African American, woman-owned indie labels, which is owned by Kelly Price, will continue the grass roots efforts of promoting the music that resulted in Price’s nominations to hopefully gain the consideration needed from voting academy members to gain a victory on GRAMMY® night.
Jeffery Rolle, Kelly Price’s husband and manager said, “Our team is a small, handful of people and our budget may have equaled 10% of what major label artists of the same genre are currently receiving to promote the “Kelly” album. Although R&B music deserves the big budgets of other music genres, nowadays that is not the case. The genre has taken a lot of hits and lost many outlets for recognition; most recently losing half of its GRAMMY® categories going from eight R&B awards given during the ceremony down to just four. We are just honored, thrilled and very thankful to be nominated for these categories knowing that we did it the old fashion way. Out of the four remaining GRAMMY® categories, Kelly is nominated for three awards this year. The first single of the album, “Tired” was also nominated for a GRAMMY® “Best Female R&B Vocal Performance” category in 2011. So in total, this album drew four GRAMMY® nominations. That’s a big deal!”
No rookie to the music business and no stranger to hit projects, Kelly Price spent her early years in the music business behind the scenes writing hit songs and lending background vocals for artists including Mariah Carey, Elton John, George Michael, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and more. Additionally, she was the featured voice on the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Mo Money, Mo Problems” and Mase’s “Feels So Good.” In 1997, Price appeared on Sean “Puffy” Combs’ smash “No Way Out’ and was a featured performer on Puffy’s subsequent tour.
Price’s solo debut, Soul of a Woman, followed in 1998 on the Island label which featured the record-breaking single, “Friend of Mine”. The song made history as the first to garner the #1 spot on the singles chart without an accompanying video clip, a rare feat during the era when music videos were the driving force of popular culture; a remix of the song “Friend” featured R.Kelly and Ronald Isley and for a second time took the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip hop Singles Chart. After the double platinum success of Soul of A woman and switching to Def Soul in the wake of the PolyGram-Universal merger she returned to center stage in 2000 with the platinum-plus seller, Mirror, Mirror, led by her GRAMMY® Award and American Music Award nominated remake of the R&B classic, “As We Lay”.
Price said, “I am deeply grateful for the three GRAMMY® nominations this year. Whether I win or not, this confirms that I just may have reached my goal in launching my independent label, which was to get back to the kind of music I experienced growing up where you could buy an album, tape or cd and enjoy listening to it beginning to end without wanting to skip a single song. With this latest project, hopefully, I got it right…I think I did.”