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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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This is the music that I like. It always have pulled me through when the storm was bad. God is our father and savior. He died on the cross for me. Thanks Kirk Franklin for bringing this music to life. I want to be exactly like you because you is a great influence. I hope God continue to bless you in his many many ways. Keep up the good work and make more music like you have been doing
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This is the type of Gospel music that'll get you through hard times and hard struggles. God bless. Thanks Kirk 4 making this choir.
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I like it
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Love you God with all power in his hand
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Bless your name Jesus
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I have faith, because I'm GOD'S Property
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Mr. Kirk Franklin THANK YOU and GOD Bless YOU
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Mr Kirtfankil
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Thank god for Jesus. Myra broadnax
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Aman,
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Tyrese shame on me
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He'll take the pain away!!
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Pain....auth o r i z e s itself....on l y by the effect. That magnifies,it s suffering.
I do not take credit. For this statement... . . . . . i t was said . By a better.stron g e r , r e s o u r c e .
Than .......littl e . . . . o l ' me..........
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PREVIOUS TO four a. m. 05-31-2015c. s . t . REALITY CHECK....... . . W i l l the judge of myself,in the looking-glas s . That experience holds. For me.Have an aura. So that love. Can outlast my suggestion?? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
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I heard you for the first time about ten years ago and like it
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Deborah carterLoveal b u m
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I love God and I thank God for saving my family and I pray for those that are still lost!
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BLESS YOU JESUS
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I I love God I praise God for saving me and my family I pray to God for those that are still lost
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God is so good to me and you
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Thank you Jesus for saving me!
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Amen. Only God
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Joy comes n the morning
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God you're Awesome taste and see goodness sweetness of the Lord, Sweeter than a honeycomb dripping sweet new wine. Jehovah Nissi Jehovah Rapha you're my Hightower
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I put all things in your hands Jesus! !
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AWESOME
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My life is in his hands
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Thank you Jesus! ! I needed to hear this song!!
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I see no other way for help! But Gods help
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He so amazing u can't take my joy devil
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I love this song
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Love it...... Love it.... I knw he will never put more on me that I can bare!!!!!!!�
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LLZentner and I will continue to curse every bit of self righteousnes s so The Holy Spirit
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I know my Savior purchased the reconciliati o n of my children who are now grown men who I never hear father due to fear of betraying the earthly father. My God is real! Alive full supernatural power and working every milo-second on my behalf! I will not fear! Death has no sting it is finished are the most powerful words
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Jesus, My Savoir! I Need You!!
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Thru all my storm's this song here always relaxes me
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I love all kirks music .. It's very inspiring ...especiall y "Brokenheart e d " my favorite... I start my day with prayer & this song !!!! Amen-Thank you JESUS!!!
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Everybody listen to this this morning just lift your hands and tell him thank you he is so good Mr Baldwin
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I don't believe that He brought me this far to leave me
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I WILL OVERCOME THIS SEASON OF DEPRESSION! IN THE NAME OF JESUS I BELIEVE!!
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I LOVE THIS SONG
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Thank you Jesus I love you so much haliou Jesus this is a great song this just prazed my whole family
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Woah. Powerful. Love this song
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I will for now on wake up this way
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Love this song
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I love kirk franklin he music is a god scent it really lift me up when I'm having a bad day
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The church by that ol' jazz corridor on Central Avenue
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