Karima Kibble is the lead singer and co-founder of Virtue, a gospel group that includes her two sisters, Ebony and Heather. With Virtue on hiatus, Kibble is taking a leap of faith as a solo performer. In an exclusive interview with rolling out, the inspirational singer talked about her journey as a solo artist, and why singing is so important to her.
When did you decide you wanted to pursue a career in music?
I’ve been singing since I [started] walking. I was probably around the age of 8 when I really realized that I had a gift, [and] it became clear that’s what I wanted to do.
Why did you choose gospel music?
I know that I had to be obedient to God, because He told me if I was obedient, then He would open every door, and He did. I became a solo artist, and was able to write 18 songs in the span of three months. I feel like if God gave me a gift, I have to use it for Him.
What do you want your fans to know about you?
I want them to know I’m just like [them], and that I have everyday struggles. It’s my life that I’m singing about, it’s not something made up, and I’m just like the next person. I want to be transparent so people can see that, because a lot of people look at artists and put them on a pedestal, and they don’t expect you to go through the day-to-day struggles and trials, but I go through that and so much more and I just want my audience to know.