Gospel artist Kim Burrell to headline university's fourth annual gospel concert
February 15, 2010
Grammy Award nominee and Stellar Award winning gospel artist Kim Burrell will perform March 20, at 5:30 p.m. in Burruss Hall auditorium at Virginia Tech.
Burrell is the headlining artist for the fourth annual gospel concert that is held during the university’s celebration of Black History Month.
Tickets, which are $20 for general seating, $17 for Virginia Tech faculty and staff, $15 for groups of 5 or more, $11 for children, and $7 with Virginia Tech student identification are available through the University Unions and Student Activities ticket office in Squires Student Center (a $2 processing fee and a $3.50 per seat fee will be added to the price of tickets purchased online), or by phone (540) 231-5615.
With a distinctive and captivating voice and an uncanny blending of vocal jazz and gospel sensibilities, Burrell has crafted a sound that has some referring to her as “this generation’s Ella Fitzgerald.” She has successfully gained the attention of the jazz, R&B, and gospel markets with her hit projects Everlasting Life and Kim Burrell Live and with hits like “I Keep Holding On,” “I Come to You More Than I Give,” “Anything,” “Victory,” and “I’ll Be There.”
Burrell’s most recent album, No Ways Tired includes uniquely arranged secular and religious tracks such as the up-tempo “Happy,” and Burrell’s re-interpretation, as an expression of worship, of “Someone to Watch Over Me.” Her latest work also includes a mix of well-known church tunes and beautiful originals like “Jesus” and the choir-enhanced “Yes to Your Will.”
As a child, Burrell was surrounded by gospel music. Her father was a pastor and musician in the Church of God in Christ and her mother was an evangelist and singer. Early in her career she was featured on recordings with the Gospel Music Workshop of American Youth Choir, Trinity Temple Full Gospel Mass Choir of Dallas, Texas along with Kirk Franklin, and The Inspirational Sounds Mass Choir of Houston, Texas.
Burrell has performed at the Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall, Rock & Roll Music Hall of Fame, Lift Every Voice in London England, and other notable venues. Since her first solo project, Try Me Again, she has shared the stage with various gospel artists including: Shirley Caesar, Albertina Walker, Donnie McClurkin, Karen Clark-Sheard, Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, and Marvin Winans.
Burrell has also worked with artists such as Missy Elliott, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, George Duke, Sean Combs, Whitney Houston, and Harry Connick Jr.
This event is sponsored by a partnership between Virginia Tech’s Office for Equity and Inclusion and the Virginia Tech Union Lively Arts. For additional information concerning the gospel concert, call (540) 231-7500 or e-mail the Office for Equity and Inclusion.
Watch a preview of the concert. (Length 2:39)