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19 March 2014 Written by  Forward Times Staff

Empowering Women Who Empower Us All Spotlight : Kim Burrell

Pastor Kim Burrell: her dynamic, distinctive and captivating voice carries power to soothe and encourage the heart of people everywhere. The Houston native is revered by her peers in the music industry from both the spiritual and secular world. This humble Grammy Award nominee and Stellar Award winner has a true and undying passion for ministry and music. This singing sensation was encompassed by music being the daughter of a Pastor/Musician Father and an Evangelist/Singer Mother.

Pastor Kim Burrell started her musical career with the Greater Emmanuel C.O.G.I.C. Choir of Houston, Texas. Early in her career, she was featured on recordings with the Gospel Music Workshop of America Youth Choir; Trinity Temple Full Gospel Mass Choir of Dallas, Texas, along with Kirk Franklin, and The Inspirational Sounds Mass Choir of Houston, Texas. She has been also featured on B.E.T.’s Celebration of Gospel, Lift Every Voice, as well as the Bobby Jones Gospel Show. She has appeared at Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, Rock & Roll Music Hall of Fame and other notable venues and ministries around the world. She has earned the respect of musicians and artists in all genres and is hailed in Colleges & Universities throughout the United States.

Since her first solo project, "Try Me Again", she has shared the stage with Great Gospel Artists such as Pastor Shirley Caesar, Albertina Walker, Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Karen Clark-Sheard, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin and Pastor Marvin Winans, just to name a few. She has also worked with secular artists such as: Missy Elliot, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, George Duke, Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs, Whitney Houston, Harry Connick Jr., and many more. She overwhelmed the music industry on Tommy Boy Gospel with her hit projects "Everlasting Life" and "Kim Burrell Live", with hits like "I Keep Holding On"; "I Come To You More Than I Give"; "Anything"; "Victory" and "I’ll Be There". Her most recent project, "The Love Album" has won a Dove award, two Stellar awards, and was nominated for a Grammy award. She has successfully obtained the attention of the Jazz, R&B and Gospel markets. You are sure to hear new standards set in music on each new project.

You can look to see Pastor Burrell in the future with the Boston Pops Symphony or just playing the piano and singing her songs or even preaching to the masses. Pastor Burrell exercises her gifts as a musician, writer/producer, orator, workshop facilitator and Evangelist, and Pastor through her ministry endeavor KB Crew Productions. This venture seeks to educate and support up and coming artists to prepare them for success in the music industry.

Ultimately, Pastor Burrell’s prayer is that she would be used as a vessel of change, that her spirit-filled singing and preaching will touch the lives of many and souls will be saved throughout the United States and foreign lands.