|Birth name||Kimberly Burrell|
|Born||August 26, 1972|
|Origin||Houston, Texas, U.S.|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, Songwriter, Arranger, Producer, Senior Pastor, Bishop|
|Labels||Pearl Records, Tommy Boy Gospel, Elektra, Epic/SME, Shanachie Records|
|Associated acts||Whitney Houston, CeCe Winans, Brandy, Jazmine Sullivan, Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé, Sam Smith, Amy Winehouse, Jessie J|
In January 2017, Burrell received criticism for a sermon she gave against homosexuality.
Life and career
Burrell is the daughter of a pastor in the Church of God in Christ (COGIC). Burrell began her gospel career performing with Reverend James Cleveland's GMWA Youth Mass Choir (also known as Rev. James Cleveland's Kids), Trinity Temple Full Gospel Mass Choir of Dallas and The Inspirational Sounds Mass Choir of Houston.
In 1996, she appeared on Ricky Dillard & New G's "Worked It Out" album, as the feature on the reprise of "Jesus Paid It All". Her first independent album, Try Me Again, was released on the Texas-based boutique label Pearl Records in 1995. This led to her being signed to Tommy Boy Gospel and releasing another album, Everlasting Life (1999), produced by Asaph Alexander Ward. The album peaked at #10 on the Billboard Gospel Charts.
Burrell recorded a live album in November 2000 at the annual COGIC Convention in Memphis, Tennessee. This Live In Concert album, released in 2001, earned Burrell a Grammy nomination for Best Soul Gospel Album in 2002. Though Tommy Boy Gospel closed shortly after the release of Live In Concert, by 2002, she had signed a recording contract with Elektra Records. Under this contract she recorded only a guest appearance on the all-star gospel track "Higher Ground", which first appeared as a bonus track on Missy Elliott's album Miss E... So Addictive and was later featured on Karen Clark Sheard's 2nd Chance album.
Burrell later married and has a son, Christian. She has continued to perform live and to collaborate with other artists. Though only intermittently active as a recording artist, she established and hosts the annual Ephesians 4 conference, a workshop for performing artists. Burell claims that, after a gospel industry retreat, through prayer she restored life to Kathleen Goodin, a woman who had stopped breathing.
Influence and later recordings
Burrell was featured in a half-hour MTV special From The Church To The Charts in conjunction with the gospel themed motion picture Fighting Temptations where numerous recording artists including Pharrell, Jessica Simpson, Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé all spoke on how she has influenced them, with Knowles even saying "All of the real R&B singers are trying to do her runs."[this quote needs a citation] In 2004, Burrell was a guest performer along with Kelly Price on R. Kelly's "3-Way Phone Call" playing the part of Price's "prayer partner" in the soap-opera-like song.
Chaka Khan deemed Kim Burrell "one of the most interesting voices I've heard in a long while." In an interview on XM Satellite Radio, Harry Connick, Jr. said of Burrell, "if she's not the greatest musical mind I've ever been around, she's certainly up at the top of the list."[this quote needs a citation] Burrell appears on Connick, Jr.'s 2008 album, What a Night! A Christmas Album. Burrell also made an appearance on funk pioneer George Clinton's original song called "Mathematics of Love" from Clinton's 2008 album of covers entitled George Clinton and Some Gangsters of Love.
In 2010, Burrell founded The Love & Liberty Fellowship Pentecostal Overcoming Holy Church, where she serves as Senior Eldress/Overseer-Bishop.
Burrell released her first studio album in 11 years, entitled No Ways Tired, on April 7, 2009 through Shanachie Records. The album features covers of classic gospel songs like "My Faith Looks Up To Thee," "What A Friend We Have In Jesus," "O Lamb Of God" and "I Surrender All," as well as the classic James Cleveland song after which the album is named.
On May 17, 2011, she released The Love Album on Shanachie Records. In its first week after being released, it was #5 on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart, #166 on the Billboard 200 chart, and was the #2 most downloaded Gospel album on iTunes. The Love Album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Album and two Stellar Awards for Contemporary Female of the Year and Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year, the latter of which she won. The lead single "Sweeter" also won the 2012 Dove Award for Urban Recorded Song of the Year.
Burrell sang "I see a Victory" for the soundtrack to the movie Hidden Figures.
Controversial Statements About Homosexuality
In January 2017, Burrell came under fire for comments she made regarding homosexuality, while preaching a sermon at the Love & Liberty Fellowship Church, which were seen on a video. In that sermon, she called people who engage in homosexual acts "perverted" and said they had been deceived by the "homosexual spirit." She also stated that "if you play with [homosexual sin] in 2017, you’ll die from it." Burrell commented, in response to the criticism, that she makes "no excuses or apologies" for the sermon.
After the video leaked, The Ellen DeGeneres Show cancelled Burrell's scheduled appearance, as did the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music event, where she was removed as an honoree. Her radio talk show, Bridging the Gap with Kim Burrell, was cancelled by Texas Southern University.
- Try Me Again (Pearl, 1995)
- Everlasting Life (Tommy Boy Gospel, 1998)
- Live In Concert (Tommy Boy Gospel, 2001)
- No Ways Tired (Shanachie, 2009)
- The Love Album (Shanachie, 2011)
- A Different Place (Shanachie, 2015)
- Live In Miami (New Brand Records, projected to be released in 2017)
- "Special Place" (Bad Boy Entertainment, 2001)
- "Don't Count Me Out" (2013)
- Live In Concert (VHS) (Tommy Boy Gospel, 2001)
|1990||"Praise Him"||GMWA National Youth Mass Choir||Win The World For Christ||Sweet Rain|
|1996||"Jesus Paid It All"||Ricky Dillard & New G||Worked It Out||Crystal Rose|
|1998||"Can't Nobody Do Me Like Jesus (Remix)"||Trinity Temple Mass Choir featuring Kim Burrell||Gospel Out-Takes: Unreleased Music||Tyscot|
|2000||"Woman"||Kim Burrell with Montrel Darrett||J2K Jesus 2000||EMI Gospel|
|2000||"God's Favor"||Tri-City Singers featuring Karen Clark-Sheard, Kim Burrell, and Kelly Price||Tri-City4.com||EMI Gospel|
|2001||"Special Place"||Kim Burrell||Thank You (Unreleased)||Bad Boy|
|2002||"The Lord Will Make A Way Somehow"||Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Choir||Family Affair II: Live At Radio City Music Hall||Verity|
|2002||"Higher Ground"||Missy Elliott feat. Yolanda Adams, Dorinda Clark Cole, Karen Clark-Sheard, Mary Mary & Kim Burrell||Miss E...So Addictive||Elektra|
|2002||"The Moment I Prayed"||Kirk Whalum featuring Kim Burrell||The Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter II||Word|
|2002||"I'm Gonna Praise Him"||Kim Burrell||Gospel Today Presents: Praise and Worship 2002||Verity|
|2003||"We Praise You Lord"||Shirley Caesar featuring Kim Burrell||Shirley Caesar & Friends||Word|
|2003||"Go Tell It"||Gary Mayes & Nu Era featuring Kim Burrell||Go Tell It: The N.E. X-Perience, Vol. 2||Gvm Soul Muzick|
|2003||"I Pray On Christmas"||Harry Connick, Jr. featuring Kim Burrell||Harry For The Holidays (DVD-only bonus track)||Columbia|
"O When I Come"
"Family That Prays Together"
|The Stewart Singers featuring Kim Burrell||Back to the Roots||Independent|
|2004||"3-Way Phone Call"||R. Kelly featuring Kim Burrell & Kelly Price||Happy People/U Saved Me||Jive|
|2004||"You Can Change"||Tye Tribbett & G.A. featuring Kim Burrell||Life||Columbia/Sony Gospel|
|2005||"Soldier"||The Andrews Brothers featuring Kim Burrell||Free Indeed||Sic Records|
|2005||"If Your Love Cannot Be Moved"||Stevie Wonder featuring Kim Burrell||A Time 2 Love||Motown|
|2005||"Not Until"||Lexi featuring Kim Burrell||Crusty Feet in the Valley [Live]||Holy Music|
|2006||"Everything Will Be Alright (reprise)"||Tye Tribbett & G.A. featuring Kim Burrell||Victory Live||Columbia/Sony Gospel|
|2006||"All These People" (single) (all proceeds to New Orleans Habitat Musicians' Village)||Harry Connick Jr featuring Kim Burrell||Oh My NOLA||Columbia|
|2007||"Over and Over Again"||VaShawn Mitchell featuring Kim Burrell||Promises||Tyscot|
|2007||"Journey"||Richard Smallwood featuring Kim Burrell||Journey: Live In New York||Verity|
|2007||"If You Never"||Byron Cage featuring Kim Burrell & J. Moss||Live At the Apollo: The Proclamation||GospoCentric/Zomba Gospel|
|2007||"Try"||Marvin Winans featuring Kim Burrell||Alone But Not Alone||PureSprings Gospel|
|2007||"I Come To Thee"||Sean Jones featuring Kim Burrell||Kaleidoscope||Mack Avenue|
|2007||"You're the Reason"||Sean Jones featuring Kim Burrell||Kaleidoscope||Mack Avenue|
|2008||"I Understand"||Kim Burrell, Rance Allen, BeBe Winans, Mariah Carey & Hezekiah Walker's Love Fellowship Tabernacle Choir||Randy Jackson's Music Club: Volume One||Concord Music Group|
|2008||"He Has Made Me Glad"||Tye Tribbett & GA featuring Kim Burrell||Stand Out||Columbia/Integrity|
|2008||"Mathematics of Love" ||George Clinton featuring Kim Burrell||George Clinton and Some Gangsters of Love||Shanachie Records|
|2008||"Song for the Hopeful"||Harry Connick, Jr. featuring Kim Burrell||What a Night! A Christmas Album||Columbia/Sony|
|"Let There Be Peace On Earth|
|2012||"I Win"||John P. Kee featuring Kim Burrell||Life & Favor||Kee Music Group|
|"My Worship Remix|
|2012||"With You"||James Fortune featuring Kim Burrell||Identity||E1 Entertainment|
|2016||"Godspeed"||Frank Ocean featuring Kim Burrell & Yung Lean||blond||Boys Don't Cry|
- 2000 Gospel Music Excellence Award, Female Vocalist of the Year - Contemporary for Everlasting Life
- 2000 Stellar Award, Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year for Everlasting Life
- 2012 Stellar Award, Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year for The Love Album
- 2012 Stellar Award, Contemporary Female of the Year for The Love Album
- 2012 Dove Award, Urban Recorded Song of the Year for "Sweeter"
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