Lift Every Voice: The Evolution of Kim Burrell

See the evolution of Kim Burrell.

Early Years - Kim Burrell is a native of Houston, Texas. She performed her first solo at only one year old, and honed her talent by joining several different choirs throughout her childhood.\r(Photo: Scott Gries/PictureGroup)

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Early Years - Kim Burrell is a native of Houston, Texas. She performed her first solo at only one year old, and honed her talent by joining several different choirs throughout her childhood.\r(Photo: Scott Gries/PictureGroup)

Try Me Again - In 1995 Burrell released her first album, Try Me Again, on an independent label. Although the limited distribution kept her from nationwide recognition, the album was important in helping to build her reputation.\r(Photo: Pearl Records)

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Try Me Again - In 1995 Burrell released her first album, Try Me Again, on an independent label. Although the limited distribution kept her from nationwide recognition, the album was important in helping to build her reputation.\r(Photo: Pearl Records)

Everlasting Life - Burrell's follow up album, Everlasting Life, was released in 1998 and featured the hit ?I Come to You More Than I Give.? The album won the Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year Award at the 1999 Gospel Music Excellence Awards and the 2000 Stellar Awards.\r(Photo: Tommy Boy Gospel Records)

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Everlasting Life - Burrell's follow up album, Everlasting Life, was released in 1998 and featured the hit “I Come to You More Than I Give.” The album won the Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year Award at the 1999 Gospel Music Excellence Awards and the 2000 Stellar Awards.\r(Photo: Tommy Boy Gospel Records)

Live in Concert - In 2000 Kim Burrell recorded her first live album. It was released the following year and earned her a Grammy Nomination for Best Soul Gospel Album in 2002.\r(Photo: Tommy Boy Gospel Records)

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Live in Concert - In 2000 Kim Burrell recorded her first live album. It was released the following year and earned her a Grammy Nomination for Best Soul Gospel Album in 2002.\r(Photo: Tommy Boy Gospel Records)

Collaborations - After her live album?s release, she spent the next several years collaborating with other artists, including Missy Elliott, Shirley Caesar, Harry Connick, Jr., R. Kelly, Tye Tribbet and Stevie Wonder.\r(Photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Landov)

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Collaborations - After her live album’s release, she spent the next several years collaborating with other artists, including Missy Elliott, Shirley Caesar, Harry Connick, Jr., R. Kelly, Tye Tribbet and Stevie Wonder.\r(Photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/Landov)

Ephesians 4 - Known for bringing her best, Kim Burrell established the Ephesians 4 annual conference to help up and coming artists improve the quality of their craft.\r(Photo: Erika Goldring/Retna Ltd.)

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Ephesians 4 - Known for bringing her best, Kim Burrell established the Ephesians 4 annual conference to help up and coming artists improve the quality of their craft.\r(Photo: Erika Goldring/Retna Ltd.)

Sunday Best - During season 3 of BET?s hit singing competition Sunday Best, Kim Burrell served as a tough judge during the auditions and featured as the mentor to the top 20 contestants.\r(Photo: Suzi Altman/PictureGroup)

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Sunday Best - During season 3 of BET’s hit singing competition Sunday Best, Kim Burrell served as a tough judge during the auditions and featured as the mentor to the top 20 contestants.\r(Photo: Suzi Altman/PictureGroup)

No Ways Tired - In 2009 Burrell released her highly anticipated album No Way?s Tired, eight years after her last album. Her latest, The Love Album, came out earlier this year.\r(Photo: Shanachie Records)

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No Ways Tired - In 2009 Burrell released her highly anticipated album No Way’s Tired, eight years after her last album. Her latest, The Love Album, came out earlier this year.\r(Photo: Shanachie Records)

Pastor Burrell - In 2010 Kim Burrell stepped outside of music to answer another calling when she founded the Love & Liberty Fellowship Church where she serves as pastor.\r(Photo: REUTERS/Mike Segar/Landov)

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Pastor Burrell - In 2010 Kim Burrell stepped outside of music to answer another calling when she founded the Love & Liberty Fellowship Church where she serves as pastor.\r(Photo: REUTERS/Mike Segar/Landov)