Gospel Singer Says She Provided Whitney Houston Inspiration, Guidance

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Gospel singer Kim Burrell discusses being a confidant of the late Whitney Houston and what shed say to Bobbi Kristina if she talked to her. www.naturallymoi.com

Kim Burrell

Reported by Ashley Naples

Essence recently interviewed gospel singer Kim Burrell, who is known to be late Whitney Houston’s source for inspiration and guidance.  The singer claims her advice helped Whitney in many troubling times.

Burrell has been one of the consistent faces on “Sunday’s Best” over the last few years, allowing her to continue the tradition of uplifting people in need. “Alexis Spight still reaches out to me quite a bit. Joshua [Rodgers] does every week. They still see me as Mommy Kim. They ask for advice, like ‘I’m getting ready to record. What should I do? What should I wear? What should I say?’ So yeah, I love them,” said Burrell in her interview with Essence.

Burrell also expressed that it is still hard to cope with the loss of Whitney. She has been working on a documentary about Whitney, where many of late singer’s close family and friends will shed their memories of her.

“It’s still very hard. I talk with Pat Houston [Whitney’s sister-in-law]. We still visit to cope together. We just did a documentary; me, David Foster, Jennifer Hudson, Pat of course, Whitney’s mom, CeCe Winans, her brothers, Clive Davis. I think they interviewed Dionne [Warwick] too. We all did our own contribution to this documentary about her that is going to be simply amazing. I think it’s a view of her that we don’t get to see,” said Burrell.

Her thoughts on how Bobbi Kristina is handling her life after her mom’s death were straight forward. She made her suggestions clear, stating that she hopes the troubled young lady grows up into a responsible woman.

“If I were to be in her ear, the first words I would probably say are, ‘Just stop it. And you know exactly what I mean. You know what time it is. Don’t go there.’ The girl is smart,” Burrell stated. “To me, she’s a victim of circumstance. I’m not making any excuses, but she was born into craziness. At nine years old, your parents give you $5,000 to go shopping, and the money increases as you get older and you’re pretty much on your own. And you’re doing what you want to do and you’re around all this stuff that she’s involved in as a teenager.”