- Date of Birth:
- August 26, 1972
Kim Burrell (born Kimberly Burrell on August 26, 1972 in Houston, Texas) is an American Gospel singer. Growing up as the daughter of a pastor in the Church of God In Christ, Kim began singing gospel music at an early age. She performed throughout Dallas and Houston, signing at the GMWA Youth Mass Choir and Trinity Temple Full Gospel Mass Choir. She released her first independent album, Try me Again, in 1995. She gained a buzz, which led to her signing with Tommy Boy Gospel. In 1996, she appeared on Ricky Dillard & New G’s Worked It Out album. This is credited as the turning point in her career. In 1998, she released Everlasting Life, and in 2001, she released Live In Concert. The live album earned her a Grammy nomination for Best Soul Gospel Album. It would be nearly a decade later until she released a new album, 2009’s No Ways Tired. Her 2011 record, The Love Album, cracked the Billboard 200, reaching #5 on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart. She was also nominated for a Grammy Award. In 2017, Kim came under fire for a sermon she gave at the Love & Liberty Fellowship Church where she claimed that homosexuality is “perverted” and a “sin.” In response to the criticism, she made “no excuses or apologies” for what she said.
Best Known For:
Kim Burrell is best known as an American gospel singer.
As of 2017, Kim is married to Joseph Wiley. They have a son together, named Christian. Many artists have cited Kim as a musical influence, from Chaka Khan calling her “one of the most interesting voices” to Harry Connick Jr. saying Kim is “the greatest musical mind I’ve ever been around.”