Kim Burrell Controversy: Evangelical Gospel Singer Defends Homophobic Remarks
Kimberly Burrell (born August 27, 1962) is a Houston, Texas-based American gospel singer. It is believed that Kimberly Burrell’s parents, both ministers in the Church of Christ, welcomed her into the world on August 27, 1972, in Houston, Texas. As part of Rev. James Cleveland’s GMWA Youth Mass Choir (also known as Rev. James’s Kids), Burrell was introduced to the world of gospel music.
There are “no explanations or apologies” from gospel singer Kim Burrell for a sermon she gave in which she called gay people “perverted.”
Recordings for her appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show with Pharrell Williams took place at the Love & Liberty Fellowship church in Houston, which she will perform with later this week. “The warped gay spirit” was a term she used in her sermon. I love you and God loves you but God hates the sin in both of us,” Burrell stated in a later YouTube video.
“I never suggested that all LGBT people were going to hell. According to a Facebook Live broadcast, she also stated that she never used the term “LGBT” but rather “SIN.” “I love you and God loves you, but God hates the sin in you and me, everyone who is struggling with the gay spirit. Inconsistent with God’s essence.
No apologies or explanations are required from me. “My love is as pure as it can be,” I say. ‘Enemies,’ she claimed, had only released a fragment of her original speech online.
On Thursday, Pharrell and Burrell will perform their song I See Victory from the soundtrack of the film Hidden Figures on the chat program.
The film chronicles the story of a group of three African-American women who worked at Nasa and helped propel astronaut John Glenn into space. “I reject hate speech of any type,” Pharrell tweeted in response to Burrell’s remarks, though it is not clear if this is directly tied to Burrell’s remarks.
There is still a chance that DeGeneres’ show will feature Burrell and Williams later this week, along with Hidden Figures star Janelle Monae.
“I unequivocally denounce any and all hateful comments against the LGBTQ community. It’s time to stop using that moniker. As human beings, we are all part of the same family. An online petition has been started by Burrell’s admirers urging DeGeneres to cancel the comedian’s scheduled visit to the talk show.
In November 2000, Burrell recorded a live album at the annual COGIC Convention in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2001, the album was released. It was nominated for Best Soul Gospel Album at the 2002 Grammy Awards. According to the citations cited above, Her deal with Elektra Records had been inked by 2002, even though Tommy Boy Gospel had shut down shortly after the release of Live In Concert.
Aside from “Higher Ground,” which first appeared on Missy Elliott’s album, Miss E… So Addictive and was later featured on Karen Clark Sheards 2nd Chance, she recorded only a guest appearance under this deal.
For the past few years, she has been performing live and working with various musicians. The Ephesians 4 Conference is training for performing artists that she founded and presents each year while only sometimes acting as a recording artist herself. In 2004, Burrell appeared on R. Kelly’s “3-Way Phone Call” as Kelly Price’s “prayer buddy” in the soap opera-like song.
When George Clinton released his 2008 album of cover songs
George Clinton and Some Gangsters of Love, participated in the track “Mathematics of Love.” Shanachie Records released Burrell’s first studio album in 11 years, No Ways Tired, on April 7, 2009.
Songs such as “My Faith Looks Up To Thee,” “What A Friend We Have In Jesus,” “O Lamb Of God,” and “I Surrender All” are featured on the album, which also includes a cover of the James Cleveland classic “I Surrender Everything.” For the soundtrack to the film Hidden Figures, Burrell teamed up with Pharrell Williams to sing “I See a Victory.”
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