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God's Property

Since his debut, 1993's Kirk Franklin & the Family, Kirk Franklin has been one of the brightest stars in contemporary gospel music. The album spent 100 weeks on the gospel charts (some of those on top), crossed over to the R&B charts, and became the first gospel debut album to go platinum. His second album, Kirk Franklin & the Family Christmas, became the genre's first Christmas album to make it to number one, and his 1996 album Whatcha Lookin' 4 went gold as soon as it was distributed. With such phenomenal success, it is small wonder that some have hailed him as "the Garth Brooks of gospel." Still, despite all the adulation and brouhaha, Franklin remains a humble, devout Christian, eschewing the title "entertainer" in favor of labeling himself as just a "church boy."

Franklin's road to the top, though quick, was far from smooth. Abandoned by his mother and never having known his father, Franklin was reared by his Aunt Gertrude, a deeply religious woman who raised him as a strict Baptist. When he was four, she paid for his piano lessons by collecting aluminum cans. The lessons were money well spent, for Franklin was a natural musician who could sight read and play by ear with equal facility. At age 11, he was leading the Mt. Rose Baptist Church adult choir near Dallas. Despite, or because of, his church background, Franklin began rebelling in his teens and getting into trouble until one of his friends was accidentally shot and killed at age 15.

Realizing that he had chosen a bad road, Franklin returned to the fold and began composing songs, recording, and conducting. Since 1991, he has been backed up by his 17-member choir, the Family, a group comprised of friends and associates from his younger days (interestingly, one member of the Family, Jon Drummond, made it to the semifinals of the 100-meter sprint at the 1996 Olympics). Support from his pastor, his wife Tammy, whom he married in early 1996, and the four children they brought to the marriage help keep Franklin close to his religious core, and he returned in 1998 with Nu Nation Project. The album topped the Billboard Top 200 charts (peaking at number seven) and remained on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart for 49 weeks, paving the way for Franklin's third Grammy (Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album).

Over the course of the next few years, Franklin worked on the soundtrack of the movie Kingdom Come (contributing the single "Thank You") and released another album, 2002's The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin. Making good on the success of its predecessor, the disc soared to number four on the Billboard 200 chart and spent 29 weeks on the Gospel Albums chart. Two more chart-topping albums emerged out in the next four years, Hero (2005) and Songs for the Storm, Vol. 1 (2006), both of which topped the gospel charts at the time of their release. Hero went on to win two Grammys in late 2006.

The following year, he released The Fight of My Life, an all-star affair featuring contributions from Rance Allen, tobyMac, and Melvin Williams, among others. It topped the Gospel Albums chart and broke into the Top 40 of the Billboard 200. In 2010, following the tragic earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Franklin assembled an even bigger crowd of gospel all-stars in Nashville’s Quad Studios to record the benefit single “Are You Listening." His next studio album, 2011's Hello Fear, featured "I Smile," his first hit on the pop charts since 2005. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
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notes2shelit a
Troubles...t h e y don't last ....hang on joy is coming.....
I luv this song too
Lord help me to Stand on ur Word no matter what I go thru in my life
Stand On His Word He Will Change Your Pain into a Testimony. Give it to Jesus and see...
Thank God he saved me
I can't do nothing but Give him the Praise
I love you lord Jesus!!
Praise is what I do...thank u jesus
father yes Lord I know that u will always for my family... yes yes LORD THANKYOU
God has helped me through my life
Yes luv this song
With Jesus I know I can make it, no matter what may come my way
I love gospel songs
My life is in your hands
yasssss! i love this. it really raises my spirit
richburgshan i k k a
Thank you lord!!
Yes He will
YESSSSSSSSSS S ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
#He's able!!
I make it now the storm is over now no more cloudy days
♡♡♡this song!!!!!
When there's rain, the sun will eventually shine....
I needed to hear this song
Great song......
Amen that god.
STAND
God thank you for your grace and mercy.I need you in my life.
Thank Jesus for bringing that morning joy! Thank you Jesus for having my life in your hands
We worship your name thank u father
God my life is your hands no matter what I go through thank you God
Jesus you are my joy life I love u thank you for taking evil out my life and keeping it out I praise you thank you jesus
bmor1016
This is the way to begin the day...Thank u Lord..
ddorsey067
I BE LIKE KIRK FRANKLIN'S SONG,S.

Through it all I remember that he loves us and he cares...stro n g believer, yes I am!!!
Jesus is always on time. ...take the pain away Jesus! !!!!
He said he will never give up on me an I won't give up on him (Jesus
bullardshama r l a 1 2
God promise that we will fight our battle if we let him I give it all to jesus
God good all the time and all the time God is good
Jesus is the only thing that is real. He can do anything he is the king he loves us all he can restore all I'm thinking him right now I won't give up . Ms. Princess
God u promised to never leave me nor forsake me... This walk is not easy but it's through him I stand firm... Although they try the enemy will not defeat me.... I pray for my mind... My marriage... Finances... Employment.. . c h i l d r e n . . . This too shall past....
I am so grateful... Yet still waiting and trusting.. My marriage needs his mighty touch... Iam believing him to rebuild and restore my marriage... Im thanking him right now for his flooded favor hallelujah.. . .
melissadavis 5 8 9 1
God is mighty
No matter what may come my way...My Life is in YOUR hands Lord!!! Thank You...Thank You....With you Lord I know I can make it...I know I can Stand!!! Sending praise...Ame n . . . T h a n k you Lord
Thank You Jesus. My life is in your hands.... please speak to my daughter show her ur real show her u have a plan for her i know u love her more than I ever can u died and rose for her. Thank u Jesus
Loving Kirk Franklin music threw my son when he was younger singinf his song and thru him i fell in love with Kirk and it was a blessing and still is thank you Deejay love ya PBRJ
I'm a living witness "He will take the pain away" I've been through so much. God continues to see me through it all. Lord I believe "this to shall pass". Lord God I'll trust you no matter what my situation look like. SURELY if you bring me to it...you will bring me through it.
Thank God, the storm is over because He is always with me to see me through. Amen!!
msladymallor y
This is Mary mary of the songs
Love this song
thank you jesus god is good
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