"I'm excited for everyone to see Saints and Sinners. I'm telling you, it's a dynamic series," the actress, who plays the role of Dr. Christie Johnson, tells PEOPLE. "For this to be my first series that's coming out and for this to be Bounce TV's first ever drama – there's a lot of powerful firsts going on and I'm excited for people to support that."
A natural-born Leo, Burke knew that the arts was her calling right away.
"I just wanted to be heard," says Burke, 32. " I always enjoyed being out front and performing and seeing people react to what I was doing. So, that followed me all throughout my schooling."
Not only did Burke have a passion for acting, her interests in filmmaking, theater, singing and dancing (you may remember her from MTV's Making The Band in 2005) molded her into the artist and performer she is today.
"I like to think of myself as one of those throwbacks, like Sammy Davis Jr., Lena Horne and Frank Sinatra. They did everything back in the day," says Burke. "They put out albums, were starring in television specials, did movies, and went on tour promoting their music. I mean, they did it all. I feel like I'm a throwback to that time where I embrace all of my gifts."
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Those gifts were far from unnoticeable to Secret Life of Bees co-star Jennifer Hudson.
"Jennifer Hudson was doing a scene and she was really quiet and in her zone," the actress recalls. "I saw her looking at me from across the room and I didn't understand why. When the scene was over, she came over to me and she whispered in my ear and said, 'You know, God told me to tell you that you're going to make it to the top. So keep doing what you're doing.' That has always stuck with me on my journey."
With a new TV series coming out, Burke is quickly becoming a breakout star to keep an eye on.
"I never feel like, 'Oh this is what I'm supposed to have. I deserve this, I deserve that,'" Burke says. "My mom is like, 'No. It's a treat. It's a gift. it's a treasure.' Feel honored, feel privileged, always feel grateful."
She ads, "I take everything one project at a time and I'm just really appreciative to just continue to be able to do what I do. "
Saints and Sinners premieres on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on Bounce TV.