Kim Burrell

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Kim Burrell
Born(1972-08-26) August 26, 1972 (age 40)
OriginHouston, Texas
GenresGospel, Jazz
OccupationsSinger, Songwriter, Arranger, Producer, Assistant Pastor, Senior Pastor, Overseer, Bishop
InstrumentsVocals, Piano
Years active1989–present
LabelsPearl Records, Tommy Boy Gospel, Elektra, Epic/Sony Gospel, Shanachie Records
Websitebackstagewithkim.com
 
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Kim Burrell
Born(1972-08-26) August 26, 1972 (age 40)
OriginHouston, Texas
GenresGospel, Jazz
OccupationsSinger, Songwriter, Arranger, Producer, Assistant Pastor, Senior Pastor, Overseer, Bishop
InstrumentsVocals, Piano
Years active1989–present
LabelsPearl Records, Tommy Boy Gospel, Elektra, Epic/Sony Gospel, Shanachie Records
Websitebackstagewithkim.com

Kimberly Burrell [1] 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".[2] In 2010, she founded The Love & Liberty Fellowship Pentecostal Overcoming Holy Church, where she serves as Senior Eldress/Overseer-Bishop.

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Biography

Life and career

Though Burrell battled double pneumonia for eight years as a child,[3] she performed her first solo with the church choir at the age of only one year old singing Andraé Crouch's "Hallelujah Praise".[4] She is the daughter of a pastor in the Church of God in Christ (COGIC). Burrell began her gospel career proper 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.[4]

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", which is credited as the turning point of her national career.

Her first independent album, Try Me Again, was released on the Texas-based boutique label Pearl Records in 1995. Though limited distribution kept the album from nationwide recognition, it did build a strong reputation that led to her being signed to Tommy Boy Gospel and the now-classic Everlasting Life, produced by Asaph Alexander Ward. The album performed well and peaked at #12 on the Billboard Gospel Charts.[4]

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. Though the recording of the concert was widely said to be troubled, requiring notably some overdubs and post-production, the resulting Live In Concert album released in 2001 satisfied eager fans and earned Burrell a Grammy nomination for Best Soul Gospel Album in 2002.

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[5] who had newly considerable success in the gospel market with signing Yolanda Adams and Karen Clark Sheard. Unfortunately, this contract yielded only a guest appearance on the all-star gospel track Missy Elliott-produced "Higher Ground" which first appeared as a bonus track on Missy's album Miss E... So Addictive,[6] but was later featured on Karen Clark Sheard's 2nd Chance album.

Since that time, Burrell has become a wife and mother to a son by the name of Christian. She has continued to perform live and to collaborate with other artists. Though only intermittently active as a recording artist, Burrell has established and hosts the Ephesians 4 conference annually to show up-and-coming singers, dancers and other artists how to improve the quality of their craft.

At the close of a gospel industry retreat hosted by Dr. Bobby Jones, a local woman named Kathleen Goodin had stopped breathing, prompting a call for paramedics, as well as a call for prayer. While CPR procedures were underway, Burrell initiated a healing prayer. After escorting Goodin out on a stretcher, those remaining were informed that the woman had died. Adamant about praying with the woman again, Burrell followed the ambulance to the hospital. When she finally convinced medical staff to allow her to pray with the woman a second time, reportedly Burrell prayed "Kathleen Goodin, take off your grave clothes." By the time Burrell left the hospital, the woman was miraculously breathing on her own.[7] The article's reporter later exclaimed, "if I ever get sick, somebody call Kim Burrell!"[8]

Widespread influence

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. Among those who count Burrell as an influence are such contemporaries as Jessica Simpson,[9] Beyoncé Knowles and Faith Evans. In 2004, Burrell made an unlikely guest turn 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.[10]

There are many instances of established artists who laud Burrell:

Continuing her trend of affecting artists both inside and outside the realm of gospel music, Kim Burrell will make an appearance on a new album by funk pioneer George Clinton on the original song "Mathematics of Love" from a new album of covers entitled George Clinton and Some Gangsters of Love on September 16, 2008.[13]

Music

Kim Burrell's musical impact is widespread: she has released two new recordings (2009's No Ways Tired and 2011's The Love Album) since 2001's Live In Concert and nearly a decade has passed since her 1998 national debut Everlasting Life. Details of new recordings have periodically surfaced, some of which are listed below:

Burrell released her first studio album in 11 years, entitled No Ways Tired on April 7, 2009 through Shanachie Records.[20] The album will feature 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.[21]

On May 17, 2011, her highly anticipated The Love Album was released on Shanachie Records. In its first week after being releasted, 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 widely acclaimed for the vocal ingenuity displayed by Ms. Burrell and 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.

Selected discography

Albums

Singles

Videos

Other

YearTitleArtistAlbumLabel
1990"Praise Him"GMWA National Youth Mass ChoirWin The World For ChristSweet Rain
1996"Jesus Paid It All"Ricky Dillard & New GWorked It OutCrystal Rose
1998"Can't Nobody Do Me Like Jesus (Remix)"Trinity Temple Mass Choir featuring Kim BurrellGospel Out-Takes: Unreleased MusicTyscot
2000"Woman"Kim Burrell with Montrel DarrettJ2K Jesus 2000EMI Gospel
2000"God's Favor"Tri-City Singers featuring Karen Clark-Sheard, Kim Burrell, and Kelly PriceTri-City4.comEMI Gospel
2001"Special Place"Kim BurrellThank You (Unreleased)Bad Boy
2002"The Lord Will Make A Way Somehow"Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship ChoirFamily Affair II: Live At Radio City Music HallVerity
2002"Higher Ground"Missy Elliott feat. Yolanda Adams, Dorinda Clark Cole, Karen Clark-Sheard, Mary Mary & Kim BurrellMiss E...So AddictiveElektra
2002"The Moment I Prayed"Kirk Whalum featuring Kim BurrellThe Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter IIWord
2002"I'm Gonna Praise Him"Kim BurrellGospel Today Presents: Praise and Worship 2002Verity
2003"We Praise You Lord"Shirley Caesar featuring Kim BurrellShirley Caesar & FriendsWord
2003"Go Tell It"Gary Mayes & Nu Era featuring Kim BurrellGo Tell It: The N.E. X-Perience, Vol. 2Gvm Soul Muzick
2003"I Pray On Christmas"Harry Connick, Jr. featuring Kim BurrellHarry For The Holidays (DVD-only bonus track)Columbia
2003"Try Jesus"
"O When I Come"
"Family That Prays Together"
The Stewart Singers featuring Kim BurrellBack to the RootsIndependent
2004"3-Way Phone Call"R. Kelly featuring Kim Burrell & Kelly PriceHappy People/U Saved MeJive
2004"You Can Change"Tye Tribbett & G.A. featuring Kim BurrellLifeColumbia/Sony Gospel
2005"Soldier"The Andrews Brothers featuring Kim BurrellFree IndeedSic Records
2005"If Your Love Cannot Be Moved"Stevie Wonder featuring Kim BurrellA Time 2 LoveMotown
2005"Not Until"Lexi featuring Kim BurrellCrusty Feet in the Valley [Live]Holy Music
2006"Everything Will Be Alright (reprise)"Tye Tribbett & G.A. featuring Kim BurrellVictory LiveColumbia/Sony Gospel
2006"All These People" (single) (all proceeds to New Orleans Habitat Musicians' Village)Harry Connick Jr featuring Kim BurrellOh My NOLAColumbia
2007"Over and Over Again"VaShawn Mitchell featuring Kim BurrellPromisesTyscot
2007"Journey"Richard Smallwood featuring Kim BurrellJourney: Live In New YorkVerity
2007"If You Never"Byron Cage featuring Kim Burrell & J. MossLive At the Apollo: The ProclamationGospoCentric/Zomba Gospel
2007"Try"Marvin Winans featuring Kim BurrellAlone But Not AlonePureSprings Gospel
2007"I Come To Thee"Sean Jones featuring Kim BurrellKaleidoscopeMack Avenue
2007"You're the Reason"Sean Jones featuring Kim BurrellKaleidoscopeMack Avenue
2008"I Understand"Kim Burrell, Rance Allen, BeBe Winans, Mariah Carey & Hezekiah Walker's Love Fellowship Tabernacle ChoirRandy Jackson's Music Club: Volume OneConcord Music Group
2008"He Has Made Me Glad"Tye Tribbett & GA featuring Kim BurrellStand OutColumbia/Integrity
2008"Mathematics of Love" [13]George Clinton featuring Kim BurrellGeorge Clinton and Some Gangsters of LoveShanachie Records
2008"Song for the Hopeful"Harry Connick, Jr. featuring Kim BurrellWhat a Night! A Christmas AlbumColumbia/Sony
"Let There Be Peace On Earth"

Awards

References

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