Gospel Singer Kim Burrell Threw Shade at Fantasia. Listen to How She Responded

Posted March 27, 2019 by J Matthew Cobb in Features

A troubled gospel singer came for Fantasia then ‘Tasia and the tasers came for her…with a reading of biblical proportions

Kim Burrell may be the poster child of a bitter soul.

After what some would call a hiatus due to an extreme fallout after attacking LGBTQ people from behind a church pulpit in 2017, which led up to concert date cancellations and a canceled guest appearance on ‘Ellen’ with Pharrell Williams to promote ‘Hidden Figures’, gospel singer Kim Burrell is back on the move again and appearing in the headlines again. And once again, she’s having to fight off the “shut yo mouth” jive of social media that languished her come-up the last time. And all because she decided to slam Fantasia from behind the pulpit.

On last weekend, a video went viral from a Facebook Live of her delivering off-the-cuff commentary about her Christian sister Le’Andria Johnson, who recently appeared on OWN’s “Iyanla! Fix My Life” in a dramatic two-part episode ultimately leading her to rehab from alcoholism. Burrell, a Houston-based pastor of Love & Liberty Fellowship Church, defended Johnson while in the same breath decided to attack another sister of another guard, Fantasia. “Girl, you got this,” Burrell said as a stream of applause that followed. “I was watching her sing tonight and I was just shaking my head. If you’re gonna do a movie about Aretha, if they know a real singer they’ll call you. If they want to do Aretha any kind of justice. Now I like Fantasia, but she ain’t no Le’Andria.”

The comments came as she tried to respond to the sudden announcement of a forthcoming biopic on the life of Aretha Franklin that’s now in the works. In that instance, while delivering her own opinion, Burrell – a woman who makes a living preaching Jesus as the truth – sadly preached a few untruths. Fantasia, an American Idol alum, was never considered to play Franklin, the Queen of Soul. When alive, Franklin personally selected her top choices of artists to play her, a list that included Halle Berry, Broadway star Audra MacDonald and Academy-award winning Jennifer Hudson. Eventually, the producers and studios opted for Hudson, a former Idol contestant who Burrell may have mistaken for Fantasia.

So not only was Burrell using her Uno Wild card; she was also dispensing wrong info also.

kim-burrell-social-media-commentsWell, Twitter, Facebook, the gossip blogs and comedy meme platforms such as MimesBeLike decided to read Burrell for eternal filth. Y’all, they drugged her into the sea of forgetfulness. The floodgates went open and the saints came marching in on everything Burrell, from her shape to her edges (see side image). Even her ‘Fall of Man’ moment in her velvet alleged $1,800 boots was hysterically resurrected, just to add insult to injury. But what was most important was how Fantasia responded.

During an outdoor event, literally hours after Burrell’s comments went viral, Fantasia fell on her knees in revival-style form and started to, umm, preach a little. No stranger to turning her “Lose to Win” concerts into a church service at the last minute, ‘Tasia took the high road. “They make it hard for me” she proclaimed. “I go through hell out here, from people judging me and putting their mouth on me. And that’s what’s wrong with our people now, we don’t wanna lift people up; we tear each other down like a dog…Stop getting mad at change you don’t wanna make. We are all God’s children; act like it.”

Since Burrell’s comment went viral, the gospel singer has not responded to the headlines. But that hasn’t stopped the barrage of bad news surrounding her lack of professionalism and maturity. On Monday, a stage and production manager who worked the Charleston, SC event where Kim Burrell spoke the comments at, called into Larry Reid Live, a social media talk radio program, described her as being rude. “It was a phenomenal show…but I took some heat from Kim that night ‘ cause I told her she had three minutes left on the stage. She got upset with me. She said, “Three minutes? [After] the price I gave y’all?”

A minute in, the guest caller continued to describe Burrell’s poor conduct. “I thought she came in with the wrong spiritual feeling. She told me in the back room that I was an amateur. She was very, very rude.”

Further, into the Larry Reid Live! program, Kim Burrell’s brother, Erick, who is gay, called in and described the rough relationship he has with his popular sister and other siblings. Ouch!

Lawd, Kim attacked the gays and she didn’t learn her lesson then. Now she’s throwing shade at Fantasia for no apparent reason, as her past tenure on BET’s Sunday Best has given her the prominence to be an authority on Aretha and pop culture. Not sure if she’ll learn her lesson from this. She hadn’t learned from her last one.

But let it be written in stone that Burrell’s itinerary has been officially canceled for 2019.

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J Matthew Cobb

Managing editor of HiFi Magazine


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