“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kandi Burruss is catching some flack from Christian conservatives who are criticizing her decision to record a gospel song.
The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter, who formerly sang in the R&B group Xscape, shared her desire to return to her Gospel roots on a recent episode of the “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Burruss scheduled a recording session with chart-topping Gospel star Marvin Sapp and the two recorded a duet called “Stay Prayed Up.”
The 36-year-old talent explained that she immediately thought of Sapp for the tune because they’ve both experience great loss in recent years. Burruss’ fiancé, Ashley A.J. Jewell was killed in 2009; and Sapp’s wife, Dr. MaLinda Sapp died of colon cancer in 2010.
During their recording session, Burruss attempted to explain her choice to record a gospel song and confessed she anticipated backlash. Sapp, who is the pastor of the Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, told Burruss: “you don’t have to defend who you are!”
In addition to being a mainstream recording artist/songwriter and television personality, Burruss has flexed her entrepreneurial muscles by launching a line of adult intimate products called Bedroom Kandi.
The Atlanta-bred star also hosts a weekly web series called “Kandi Koated Nights,” which is an adult-theme talk show that explores sexuality and relationships.
“I knew when I decided to do it that I would be criticized. That’s to be expected. I’m a single mom that had a child out of wedlock, I speak openly about sex on ‘Kandi Koated Nights,’ I have Bedroom Kandi, etc. I’m very honest about who I am,” Burruss expressed.
Fans of the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” franchise aren’t concerned about the backlash. The song was made available on iTunes after Sunday’s episode of the show aired and immediately shot to number one on iTune’s Gospel Chart.
Later this year, Burruss will star in her own Bravo network spin-off called, “The Kandi Factory.” The series, which originally aired as a two-hour special last year, has Burruss and her team working to transform undiscovered singers into superstars.