We had the good fortune of connecting with Keli Nicole Price and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Keli Nicole, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
I was a single parent of two, a boy and girl. One of the most important things I was sure to do was allow my children to teach me who they are and support them in that. It’s been difficult because as authority figures we try to have a plan of action as far as how we want to parent and where we’d like for our children to be placed in the world, whether religiously, careerwise and even where gender is concerned. But I found out very quickly, that rarely works out. Instead, I decided to be an example of love for them, no matter what they did or who they became. By being an example of love to others my children grew to understand love in its purest form… the unconditional. Because of that they grew to love others, not discriminate or judge people for the way they choose to live their lives.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?

I knew that I wanted to be a singer very early on in life. What I didn’t know was how to make singing a career or that it would take alot more for me to continue working in a male dominant industry. I started singing in church. Unfortunately, at that time many churches didn’t didn’t support singers financially. Though it was difficult, when they opportunity came about for me to leave the church and gain my footing in the music industry I took the leap. What keeps me going is my ability to unlearn some harsh teachings and learn the truth of Gods love. I believe we were all created to be great and should continue to grow. At every turn I’ve had to learn new skills. Songwriting, recording, editing and producing are just a few skills that I’ve picked up along the way. These skills put me in a space to compete with industry professionals, mostly men, with bigger positions and bigger paychecks.

I’m most proud and excited that I’m now in the position to share what I’ve learned with others. I had many mentors along the way! Now because of my experiences I’ve become a coach, mentor and educator. If you’re one of my students or clients, I won’t let you give up because I know that anything’s possible. I’m proof of it. You just have to believe in yourself, trust the process and be dedicated to constant learning and unlearning.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?

I was born and raised by the water and I’m a summer baby (June 29) so the beach is an option everyday!!! Manhattan Beach is my favorite because its chill, has good eateries and is close to shopping. Not to mention, I love the sunsets.

If we’re hanging out on a Sunday, we’re spending some time in North Hollywood for one of the coolest food truck events, The Vegan Exchange. I take the train because it’s the last stop and the event is directly across the street from the station. Even if you don’t like Vegan food you’ll love this. It’s a vibe! Between the DJ playing your favorites, people dancing in between food trucks and the variety of amazing food, we’ll have a great time.

During the week, we’ll head to Hollywood, West Hollywood and Downtown LA. In Hollywood we’ll have breakfast at The Breakfast Club (I’m getting the shrimp and grits) then we’ll do some vinyl shopping at the Record Parlour. In West Hollywood, we’ll go to The Farmers Market at the Grove. Most people enjoy The Grove because of its notoriety but in my opinion the best food spots and coolest little stores are in the Farmers Market area. However, I do visit Cheesecake Factory often. LOL Visiting friends at the CBS lot and visiting the Pan Pacific Park for some greenery, sun and fun is a must too. In Downtown, we’d find a swanky rooftop for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Whether it’s Perch, The Wayfarer or one of the restaurants in the Intercontinental hotel, the views will be breathtaking. And I can’t forget Black owned Kai’s Table for great food, music and a spades game night! Its like a good time with family. Saturday, we’ll take a drive down the PCH to Malibu for a nice beautiful day at the beach and end the day at Paradise Cove to eat dinner with our feet in the sand and the ocean as our soundtrack.

We have to visit the Griffith Observatory for a atleast one sunrise and drive through the hills to see the beautiful homes. I think its inspiring.

During LA summers, I like to go to the free concerts and hear friends performing all over the city.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to dedicate my “shoutout” to 3 of the strongest most beautiful women in my life. My mother, Barbara Price, who taught me to sing and write lyrics. She’s supported me through every decision of my life and career (good or bad). My deceased grandmother, Barbara Pierce, who helped my mother raise me, constantly pushed me to be better than the day before and made sure that I felt beautiful at the Grammys the year we won. And lastly, my elementary music teacher, Mrs. Beverly Lawton of Chesapeake VA. She gave me my first solo and helped place me in enrichment programs to keep me focused. I still remember my first solo, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” by Rodgers and Hammerstein at a Teacher of the Year event.

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