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It’s no secret: Kelly Price is one of this generation’s most outstanding vocal talents. The New York-born singer/songwriter has had her personal and career ups and downs, but her talent has never been in question.

From the heartbreak of 1998’s “Friend of Mine” to the emotional release of the more-recent “Tired,” Price always brings her best to the music. And she’s versatile, singing everything from hip-hop hooks to gospel.

Price’s latest CD, “Kelly,” is in stores now and the second single, “Not Your Daddy,” a duet with Stokley Williams of Mint Conditon, is climbing the charts.

Here’s more on Kelly Price.

BORN: Kelly Cherelle Price in Queens, New York.

BIG BREAK: A songwriter friend of Price’s led her to a background gig with Mariah Carey. Carey heard her sing and introduced her to Sony head Tommy Mottola. Price then became an in-demand session singer, background singer and hook singer.

BACK STORY: Price grew up singing in her church, performing her first solo at age three. When her teachers first heard her sing, they dubbed her “Little Mahalia,” and by age 10, Price had already recorded, sang a solo in the adult choir and written her first song.

RESUME: Kelly has performed background vocals, sang hooks, written for or worked with Carey, Diddy, R. Kelly, Ronald Isley, Whitney Houston, Faith Evans, Keith Murray, Stokley Williams (from Mint Condition) and more.

FUN FACT: Price sings the hook on the hip-hop classic “Mo Money, Mo’ Problems” with Diddy, Ma$e and the Notorious B.I.G.

CAUSE CELEB: Price’s mother and mother-in-law were both diagnosed with breast cancer. Her mother survived it, but her mother-in-law succumbed to it. Price has long been an outspoken activist helping to spread awareness of breast cancer among black women.

LATEST WORK: “Kelly,” available in stores and downloads now.

ON FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/KellyPriceFans

OFFICIAL FAN SITE: www.kellyprice.com

Way that I do because I have a bit of fear of homelessness. I have to believe God to deliver me from that. I have such a vivid memory of being homeless. I remember I would not get my nails or hair done unless I had a show because I felt like it was money that did not need to be spent. I’m talking about Kelly Price, ‘The Soul of a Woman’ record. I would have to give myself a reason to go to the mall and shop. I don’t splurge shop. I have too much in my closet to spend money on clothes.” Elev8.com (2010)

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