MUSIC BUZZ: Kim Burrell, Kelly Price, Trade In Gospel for Secular
Friday, April 29, 2011 at 7:55AM
EEW BUZZ EDITORS in Kelly, Kelly Price, Kim Burrell, Kim Burrell goes secular, Music, New Albums, The Love Album, dianna hobbs, eew magazine, gospel singers and secular music, kelly price goes secular

EEW Magazine Buzz editors remember when, in 2006, Kelly Price made the foray into gospel music from a long R&B career. According to the singer, she drew lots of criticism, but defended her Christianity and went on record saying, "This is Who I Am." But her expression of faith through music didn't last long. The artist is gearing up to release a secular album entitled, Kelly, on May 3.

Perhaps, there is something in the water with Christians in the music industry these days that makes them want to separate their art  from their profession of faith, or dibble and dabble in a little of both. For example, recording artist Kim Burrell, also a pastor, is releasing "The Love Album" that features some popular love songs, along with the infusion of original worship songs.

According to the singer's website, Burrell's album will cover new arrangements including Earth, Wind and Fire‘s “Love’s Holiday," and El DeBarge‘s “Love Me in a Special Way.”

If God wants us to give our whole lives over as a living sacrifice to Him (See Romans 12:1), doesn't that include our artistry and other creative endeavors?

In a 2010 interview with Soul Culture, a UK website, Kelly Price admitted, “The way I was raised, we were traditionally Christian. Both my mother and father were preachers and we were always involved within the church. So even though I had always been singing, it was still a bit of a shock to the family to hear that I’d [be] singing R&B and not gospel or something religiously related. No one saw it coming.”

Now, the new supporters Price won over from her first gospel release, are feeling a similar shock. But, looks like that's the nature of the business these days. You do a little of this and a little of that.

Kim Burrell, in her interview with EEW Magazine's Founder, Dianna Hobbs, said secular artist admire her music and vocal gifting so much. Without ever having to sing a secular song, Burrell already won over many in the mainstream. Now begins her quest to broaden her market more and work toward commercial success, even if that means compromising her purely gospel roots.

EEW Magazine Buzz editors want to know, are you hungry for artists who live a lifestyle of holiness and express that through their music as well? Or does it not matter to you? Sound off in the comments section!

Article originally appeared on News from a faith-based perspective (http://buzz.eewmagazine.com/).
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