Kim Burrell
Birth nameKimberly Burrell
Also known asKim Burrell
OriginHouston, Texas, US
GenresGospel, jazz
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, arranger, producer, pastor, bishop
InstrumentsVocals, Piano, Organ
Years active1989–present
LabelsPearl Records, Tommy Boy Gospel, Elektra, Epic/SME, Shanachie Records,
Associated actsWhitney Houston, Brandy, Jazmine Sullivan, Stevie Wonder, Jay Z

Kimberly Burrell is an American gospel singer from Houston, Texas.

Early life

Burrell is the daughter of a pastor in the Church of God in Christ (COGIC)[citation needed]. Burrell began performing with Reverend James Cleveland's GMWA Youth Mass Choir (also known as Rev. James Cleveland's Kids).[1]


Rise to fame

Burrell's performances continued with Trinity Temple Full Gospel Mass Choir of Dallas and The Inspirational Sounds Mass Choir of Houston.[1]

In 1996, she was a featured singer on the reprise of "Jesus Paid It All" on Ricky Dillard & New G's album .[citation needed] 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.[2]

Burrell recorded Live In Concert, a live album in November 2000 at the annual COGIC Convention in Memphis, Tennessee. The album was released in 2001. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Soul Gospel Album in 2002.[citation needed] Though Tommy Boy Gospel closed shortly after the release of Live In Concert, by 2002, she had signed a recording contract with Elektra Records.[3] 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[4] and was later featured on Karen Clark Sheard's 2nd Chance album.

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.[citation needed]

Later recordings

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.[5] She appeared in George Clinton's original song "Mathematics of Love" on Clinton's 2008 album of covers, George Clinton and Some Gangsters of Love.[6] Burrell released her first studio album in 11 years, No Ways Tired, on April 7, 2009 through Shanachie Records.[7] 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.[8][9]

Burrell sang "I see a Victory" with Pharrell Williams for the soundtrack to the feature film Hidden Figures (2016).[10]


In December 2016, a video surfaced showing Burrell preaching a sermon at the Love & Liberty Fellowship Church.[11][12] In that sermon, she called people who engage in homosexual acts "perverted" and said they had been deceived by the "homosexual spirit."[13][14]

She also warned that people who "play with" homosexual sin would "die from it" in 2017.[15] In response to considerable criticism, Burrell said that she makes "no excuses or apologies" for the sermon, adding "I love you, and God loves you, but he hates the sin in you and me."[16]

Shortly after the video of the sermon surfaced, The Ellen DeGeneres Show cancelled Burrell's scheduled appearance,[17] as did the BMI Trailblazers of Gospel Music event, where she was removed as an honoree.[18] Her radio talk show, Bridging the Gap with Kim Burrell, was cancelled by Texas Southern University.[19]

Selected discography


  • Try Me Again (Pearl, 1995)
  • Everlasting Life (Tommy Boy Gospel, 1998)
  • Live In Concert (Tommy Boy Gospel, 2001)
  • No Ways Tired (Shanachie, 2009)[7]
  • The Love Album (Shanachie, 2011)
  • A Different Place (Shanachie, 2015)


  • "Special Place" (Bad Boy Entertainment, 2001)
  • "Little Drummer Boy" (New Brand Records, 2018)


  • Live In Concert (VHS) (Tommy Boy Gospel, 2001)

Other appearances

Year Title Artist Album Label
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 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
2003 "Try Jesus"
"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 A Praise 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" [6] 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 blond Boys Don't Cry
2016 "I See A Victory" Pharrell Williams & Kim Burrell Hidden Figures Soundtrack Columbia/Sony
2017 "4:44" Jay Z featuring Kim Burrell 4:44 Roc Nation
2018 "Grace" Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago feat. Kim Burrell Grace: The Remixes - EP Inspired People, LLC
2018 "Sunshine Feel Good" Snoop Dogg & Kim Burrell Snoop Dogg Presents Bible of Love RCA Inspiration
2018 "Talk to God" Mali Music & Kim Burrell Snoop Dogg Presents Bible of Love RCA Inspiration


  • 2000 Gospel Music Excellence Award, Female Vocalist of the Year - Contemporary for Everlasting Life[20]
  • 2000 Stellar Award, Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year for Everlasting Life[21]
  • 2009 Grammy nomination, Best Gospel/ Contemporary Christian Album “I Understand”
  • 2012 Stellar Award, Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year for The Love Album[22]
  • 2012 Stellar Award, Contemporary Female of the Year for The Love Album[22]
  • 2012 Dove Award, Urban Recorded Song of the Year for "Sweeter"[23]
  • 2012 Grammy nomination, Best Gospel Album “The Love Album”.


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