Kim Burrell

American musician Kim Burrell

Kimberly Burrell is an American gospel singer from Houston, Texas. She calls her musical style jazz gospel. Though she is comparatively new to the gospel music industry, having only performed since 1989, she has quickly become one of the most influential voices in the genre, often said to be "this generation's Ella Fitzgerald". In 2010, she founded The Love & Liberty Fellowship Church, where she serves as Pastor.
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Kim Burrell Reminds Us How The Black Church Uses, Abuses Gay Christians
Huffington Post - about 1 year
One of black gospel’s darling and Pentecostal preacher Kim Burrell was ousted from The Ellen DeGeneres Show, sending shock waves throughout the African American community. Burrell and with Pharrell Williams were invited to promote their duet “I See Victory” from the soundtrack of the film “Hidden Figures.” However, Burrell’s homophobic homily about the “perverted homosexual spirit” has created a tsunami of tweets and comments on social media publicly denouncing her vitriol by a younger generation of African Americans entertainers ―  both LGBTQ and straight ― not seen in previous years.   Gospel music undeniably has a queerness at its roots that has not only shaped the genre, but has continued to give it its enduring vibrancy. Rhythm & Soul Music awardee Janelle Monáe stars in the film and R&B and Hip-Hop songwriter Frank Ocean, who is openly queer, have had visceral reactions to Burrell’s rant. Ocean’s mother wants Burrell removed from her son’s 2...
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Janelle Monae Speaks Out Against Anti-Gay Hate: ‘We All Bleed the Same Color’
Huffington Post - about 1 year
At Sunday night’s Golden Globes, actress and singer Janelle Monae spoke out about the recent controversy surrounding gospel singer Kim Burrell’s anti-gay comments. Burrell, who is featured on the “Hidden Figures” soundtrack, was initially scheduled to appear on “Ellen” in early January but was cut following her homophobic rant. Her comments also led to the cancellation of her radio show. When a reporter asked Monae, who stars in the film, about the events, she responded: “I’m pro-love.” “I’ve been very supportive of love and at the end of the day I think that no matter where you come from and who you love you deserve to have a right to the American dream and to also have your story told. And so I’m so thankful to be part of this true American story ― to be part of a cast and a director who is pro-inclusion. And I just thunk that anybody who is representing hate is a part of the problem. I hope that we can learn from each other and be more empathetic of one a...
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Kim Burrell's radio show axed days after anti-gay sermon controversy
Fox News - about 1 year
Gospel singer Kim Burrell was given the boot from her new radio show "Bridging the Gap" days after giving a sermon about her religious stance on homosexuality at her Houston, Texas based church.
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Pharrell talks to Ellen about Kim Burrell: 'There's no room for any kind of prejudice'
LATimes - about 1 year
Pharrell Williams took to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Thursday to respond to recent homophobic comments made by gospel singer Kim Burrell, with whom Williams collaborated for his soundtrack to the new movie “Hidden Figures.” In video circulated widely online this week, Burrell can be seen referring...
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Frank Ocean's Mom Wants Anti-Gay Singer Cut From Her Son's Album
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Frank Ocean’s mom, Katonya Breaux, has no time for blatant homophobia.  Breaux didn’t mince words when it came to Kim Burrell, the gospel singer who made headlines in recent days when a video in which she made blatantly anti-gay comments in a church sermon surfaced Dec. 30. Burrell, who has performed with artists like Stevie Wonder, Missy Elliott and Harry Connick Jr., is featured on “Godspeed,” a song on Ocean’s 2016 album, “Blonde.” But if Breaux were to have her way, that wouldn’t be the case for long. On New Year’s Day, the LGBTQ icon’s mom offered a cheeky, but pointed, suggestion on Twitter:  Me: Son, can we crop Kim Burrells voice out of your song?? — katonya breaux (@katonya) January 1, 2017 She continued:  I mean damn. Hypocrisy and the inciting of hate pisses me off. Opportunistic &?%#€!! — katonya breaux (@katonya) January 1, 2017 Burrell, who is also a pastor at the Love & Liberty Fellowship Church in Houston, has...
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Gospel singer Kim Burrell calls homosexuality 'perverted,' Pharrell Williams and stars from 'Hidden Figures' condemn 'hateful comments'
LATimes - about 1 year
Gospel singer Kim Burrell labeled homosexuality "perverted" in a sermon she gave in her other life as a Pentecostal preacher, quickly eliciting responses from both Pharrell Williams, with whom she sings on the "Hidden Figures" soundtrack, and two stars from that film, Octavia Spencer and Janelle...
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Kim Burrell: Hiding Behind The Bible Is Cowardice Unworthy Of 'Hidden Figures'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I recently saw Hidden Figures, about the three African-American women who were crucial in the development of NASA. The movie was smart, entertaining, and touching, without ever veering into manipulative sentimentality. Taraji P. Henson should get a special Oscar for running in high heels, and the soundtrack from (mostly) Pharrell Williams is off-the-hook. One of the strongest themes of the film is that social change often occurs at the personal level. The characters played by Kirsten Dunst and Jim Parsons in particular represent the brand of racism that disguises itself as forbearance — and only through repeated day-to-day exposure working with real black women do they realize they have perhaps been more part of the problem than the solution. I found it an ironic touch that Parsons, an openly gay actor, would be a stand-in for the other hidden figures at NASA — the homosexual men and women who had to actively conceal who they were in order to work there. The three main characters ...
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Gospel singer Kim Burrell under fire for comments about gays and lesbians
Fox News - about 1 year
Gospel singer Kim Burrell says she makes "no excuses or apologies" for a sermon at a Houston church where she referred to gays and lesbians as perverted.
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Pharrell's Singing Partner Caught On Tape In Homophobic Rant
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Gospel singer Kim Burrell, who has been helping Pharrell promote the “Hidden Figures” soundtrack, is facing intense criticism following the release of a video in which she calls gay people “perverted” and says they have “embarrassed” God during a sermon at a church. In the video, which was uploaded to YouTube on Friday, Burrell, a pastor at the Love & Liberty Fellowship Church in Houston, is seen issuing an unambiguously homophobic rant to the audience. “I came to tell you about sin,” Burrell says. “That perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women. You as a man, you open your mouth and take a man’s penis in your face ― you are perverted,” Burrell continues. “You are a woman and will shake your face in another woman’s breast, you are perverted.” She then adds, “It has come into our church and it has embarrassed the kingdom of God.” Burrell soon starting trending on Twitter after the video ...
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Music Talk and Style Inspo from Up and Coming Singer, Katie Steel
Huffington Post - about 2 years
A few weeks ago, Katie Steel was just the name of a pretty singer I was asked to interview. Today, I think of Katie Steel as the name of an unrivaled, diverse artist whose career I will proudly follow until her retirement. After reading about this young superstar in the making, I am sure you will walk away feeling enthused. Borrowing from gospel, old school soul, and modern pop, Katie's sound is unlike anything we've heard on the radio. After earning popularity covering Top 40 hits, her debut album will contain all original music, positive vibes, and stories from her journey. She isn't concerned with fitting into a certain mold, Katie finds peace in staying true to herself. Her powerful message is one you'd wanna take heed to. When did you fall in love with music? My love for music was always there since I was a young girl. I would actually stand on my bed, as if it were a stage, and make my friends stand around it. They would reach their arms out for me to touch them a...
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Marsalis Honored at 2015 Marian Anderson Award
Huffington Post - over 2 years
Marsalis performing with his septet at Marian Anderson Awards (photo by Dave Ickes courtesy of Marian Anderson Award) Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis was the honoree at the 2015 Marian Anderson Awards. Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter presented Marsalis with the award after a gala dinner and concert event at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia on November 10. The award is named for Philadelphia contralto Marian Anderson, who broke down racial barriers to became the first African American woman to sing with the New York Philharmonic and perform at the Metropolitan Opera. In 1949, she was barred from performing at Constitution Hall in Washington by the DAR because she was black, but Eleanor Roosevelt arranged for her to sing in front of the Lincoln Memorial instead, in a landmark event with 75,000 in attendance hear her sing. The award is given to those who carry on her legacy of artistic excellence and their work for human rights causes. ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kim Burrell
    THIRTIES
  • 2011
    Age 38
    On May 17, 2011, her highly anticipated The Love Album was released on Shanachie Records.
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  • 2009
    Age 36
    Burrell released her first studio album in 11 years, entitled No Ways Tired on April 7, 2009 through Shanachie Records.
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  • 2004
    Age 31
    In 2004, Burrell made an unlikely guest turn along with Kelly Price on R.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2002
    Age 29
    Though her then-label Tommy Boy Gospel closed shortly after the release of Live In Concert, by 2002, she had already signed a recording contract with Elektra Records who had newly considerable success in the gospel market with signing Yolanda Adams and Karen Clark Sheard.
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  • 2000
    Age 27
    Quickly becoming known as a virtuoso vocalist and pianist, it seemed only logical to produce a live album, which Burrell recorded in November 2000 at the annual COGIC Convention in Memphis, Tennessee.
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  • 1995
    Age 22
    Her first independent album, Try Me Again, was released on the Texas-based boutique label Pearl Records in 1995.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1972
    Born
    Born on August 26, 1972.
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