American gospel singer, Kim Burrell, performed “I Believe In You and Me” at the 3rd annual BET Honors ceremony held at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC last Jan. 16, as a tribute to one of this year’s honorees, music legend Whitney Houston.
The show, which premiered on BET last Monday (Feb. 1) in time for Black History Month, was hosted by Gabrielle Union, and featured other tribute performances by India Arie, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, and other stars. Whitney Houston, who considers the 37-year-old gospel jazz artist as to having the greatest voice on the planet, stood at the front of the stage during Kim’s entire performance.
Hailed as the modern version of Ella Fitzgerald, Kim started out her musical career with Reverend James Cleveland’s Gospel Music Workshop Choir in Houston, Texas. In 1995, she released her first solo album, “Try Me Again”, under Pearl Records. The album did not make it to the hit charts, but her incomparable vocal talent hit a mark, earning her a slot at Tommy Boy Gospel Records, which released her “Everlasting Life” album, that is now considered a classic.
Although the gospel diva only has a few records under her belt, Kim has a widespread musical influence on other artists. This is evident in her numerous collaborations with other musicians, such as Missy Elliot, Harry Connick Jr., Mary Mary, R. Kelly, Stevie Wonder and Mariah Carey.
Now that Kim Burrell is with New York-based Lewis Agency, she is set to re-package her image in the music industry. Her PR team revealed that the young figurehead in gospel music is getting ready for a new reality series, a couple of endorsement deals, a few acting roles and a new gospel album designed to slide into the R&B play list.
Dazzling in an ensemble by Carolina Herrera and Gucci, Kim’s 2010 BET Honors performance was a first step towards a wider audience for the singer.