Emmett G. Price III is one of the nation's leading experts on African American Music, African American Culture, the Black Church, Black Popular Culture, Hip Hop Culture and Youth Culture. He has spent much of the past decade writing, lecturing and conducting cutting edge research on bridging the generational divide. A well regarded scholar, educator and consultant; Dr. Price has the unique ability to capture the hearts and minds of the most diverse and versatile audiences with his compassionate sense of humor, his amicable intellect and his quick wit. He is a noted print and broadcast media expert, as well as a widely sought after motivational speaker and preacher.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Dr. Price received a B.A. in music from the University of California, Berkeley and earned both his M.A. and Ph.D. in music (ethnomusicology) from the University of Pittsburgh. He accomplished additional studies in theology and urban ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Dr. Price is an associate professor of music at Northeastern University (Boston, MA) where he also served as chair of the Department of African American Studies from 2008-2012. During Spring 2013, he is a visiting professor of Africana Studies/Music and Society at Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA). He is a former research fellow of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University as well as of Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society, where he served as the lead scholar on the Rhythm & Flow Initiative - a research project studying the various intersections of music and sport. Past honors include the “African Americans Making History Today: Living Legend Award” from the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School and recognition as an “Emerging Leader” from the Boston Business Journal (2011).
An acclaimed scholar, Dr. Price is the author of HIP HOP Culture (ABC-CLIO, 2006), executive editor of the Encyclopedia of African American Music (ABC-CLIO, 2011) and editor of The Black Church and Hip Hop Culture: Toward Bridging the Generational Divide (Scarecrow Press, 2012). He is the former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Popular Music Studies, the academic journal of the United States Branch of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM). Along with numerous commissioned writings and book length chapters, his work can be found in African American Review, American Music, Ethnomusicology, International Jazz Archives Journal, GIA Quarterly: A Liturgical Music Journal, NOTES: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, the Boston Herald and the Boston Banner. His article, "What's New? The Effect of Hip-Hop Culture on Everyday English" was published in 2007 by the U.S. Department of State in its prestigious electronic journal, eJournalUSA, and has since been translated into five languages.
Dr. Price is a celebrated keynote and public speaker in high demand; he has addressed audiences at Nike, Network Health, the U.S. Coast Guard, Raytheon, Year Up, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum, the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Inc., the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Business Journal and the American Jazz Museum. He has made several appearances on WGBH-TV’s Basic Black and 89.7 WGBH Radio’s The Callie Crossley Show and “Eric in the Evening.” He has served as a guest lecturer at over 30 universities nationwide and has been a panelist at the prestigious Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University. Over the past 10 years, he has worked with over 700 K-12 educators as a provider of professional development seminars and trainings as an independent consultant.
An ordained minister, Dr. Price serves as Founding Pastor of Community of Love Christian Fellowship (Allston, MA). A nationally recognized expert on the music of the Black Church, Christian Worship and leadership in music ministry, he is the president and founder of the Black Church Music Ministry Project (BCMMP), an organization launched in 2006 to "serve, nurture and develop spiritual leaders in music ministry." Since 2011, he has served as the Director of the James Abbington Church Music Academy as part of the Hampton University Ministers’ Conference & Choir Directors’ and Organists’ Guild.
A professional musician, Dr. Price has performed throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Paris and the United Kingdom as both a solo artist and as a sideman. As a composer and arranger, he has worked with internationally lauded poet and playwright Ed Bullins, the Greater Boston/ Cambridge John Coltrane Memorial Concert Ensemble, the Zamir Chorale of Boston and numerous gospel choirs, sacred music ensembles and jazz bands around the nation.
A respected civic leader, Dr. Price serves on the Boards of the MetroWest YMCA, JazzBoston, Boston Urban Music Project and the Friends of the John Coltrane Memorial Concert. He has been co-chair of the Patrick-Murray Administration 2012 Black History Month Committee with Professor Charles Ogletree (Harvard Law School). He is also an honorary chaplain of the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement.