By Jessica Mann/EEW Magazine News Staff
Earlier this year, award-winning vocalist Kim Burrell had a captive audience as America tuned into her numerous television appearances, discussing the life and close friendship she shared with the late Whitney Houston. Now the celebrated artist hopes to put her own life on display through a reality TV show called, “Whatever It Takes.”
“I’ll do whatever it takes to sustain the momentum of my success as long as I have my dream team,” says Kim Burrell in an extended preview clip, while adorned in a leopard print blazer, red shirt, layered necklaces, and heavy makeup. Her team consists of flamboyant brand manager, Krishnar Lewis, Karen Smith, Kenneth Jackson & the team members of the Manhattan-based PR & Management firm, Lewis Agency.
“They create my trap door to the world’s stage,” explains Burrell.
Though cameras have been reportedly rolling for more than a year, there is no definitive word yet of any network’s interest in distributing the show, which heavily features Krishnar Lewis.
While much is not known about his personal career, Lewis’s diagnosis with stage 4 Colon Cancer, which, according to highlighted scenes, left him with an estimated six months to live, is a focal point.
From what appears to be an official document shown in the extended promo, Lewis was first diagnosed by Thomas Fisher MD on March 22, 2011. It would seem, then, that the executive has lived well past his life expectancy.
Initially, upon receiving the sad health news about her friend, understandably, Burrell said she “felt very lost,” though her team kept his illness a secret for some time.
What isn’t a secret, however, is how Lewis and Burrell's friendship has blossomed.
She started out as a client of Lewis's firm but the two quickly became great friends and business partners, collaborating on several ventures.
Friends and all, Kim Burrell, the Pastor of Love & Liberty Fellowship Church in Houston, makes it known that she’s the boss. “Let’s get something straight,” says Burrell. “I bring in the money. I want what I want when I want it. It is not KrishnarLewisMinistries.com.”
EEW Magazine will keep you posted on the fate of Burrell’s possible reality TV series, as well as that of Gospel recording artist, Marvin Sapp.
As EEW recently reported, Open River Pictures is seeking distribution for “Marvin Sapp: Single Dad,” a reality-based program featuring the life of the recently widowed Sapp who is raising two tweens and a teen, pastoring a mega church, and maintaining a busy gospel music career for the first time without his wife of 20 years by his side.
What are your thoughts on Kim Burrell’s “Whatever It Takes” reality show? Would you watch?