Kandi Burruss, a star of US reality TV show, ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’, is causing controversy in gospel circles.
She’s recorded ‘Stay Prayed Up’, a duet with gospel star and pastor, Marvin Sapp, which has topped the gospel single charts.
Some people are criticising Kandi and asking if it’s right for a woman, who runs a sex toy online store and hosts a sexually-explicit talk show, to sing a gospel song.
Some have made their views known on Kandi’s webstagram. One person wrote:
@kandiburruss great song, but I’m just curious, why do you make a song about staying prayed up while you wallow in sin?
Another stated, Stop shacking up w/ Todd
Others have no problems with Kandi singing gospel. One fan wrote, ‘Love your song…watching you and Marvin Sapp love it!!!! Bump what ppl say we only have one judge.’
Christians in the UK have voiced their views, too. One pastor stated, “The selling of sex toys as a Christian, then singing gospel, does not send the right message. Also, her testimony will be that of compromise and double-mindedness.”
Kandi responded to her critics with a Facebook post, stating, “I knew when I decided to do it that I would be criticised. That’s to be expected. I’m a single mom that had a child out of wedlock. I speak openly about sex on #KandiKoatedNights and #BedroomKandi, etc… I’m very honest about who I am. My great grandfather and my grandfather were Bishops in the Church of God (Holiness). I believe in God, but I have always struggled with the rules of the church, just like a lot of people. The song ‘Stay Prayed Up’ is like a testimony for me. Hopefully, people with a similar struggle can relate.”