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Kirk Franklin And The Family

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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Track List: Whatcha Lookin' 4

1. Savior More Than Life

2. Whatcha Lookin' 4

3. Melodies From Heaven (Live)

4. Conquerors

5. Don't Take Your Joy Away

6. When I Think About Jesus

7. Mama's Song

8. Jesus Paid It All

9. I Love You Jesus

10. Washed Away

11. Where The Spirit Is

12. Let Me Touch You

13. Anything 4 U

14. Whatcha Lookin' 4 ( Remix )

15. Melodies From Heaven

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I really connect with Melodies from heaven
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cathyrobinso n 7 3 8
Love Jesus He will set you free
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JESUS FORSAKEN BY His earthly father!
We have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? When they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth. And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. NOW his parents went to Jerusalem EVERY YEAR at the feast of the passover
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When he (Jesus) was TWELVE YEARS OLD, they went up to Jerusalem. When THEY had fulfilled the days, AS THEY RETURNED, THE CHILD Jesus TARRIED BEHIND; and JOSEPH and his mother KNEW NOT of it. They, supposing him to have been in the company, WENT A DAY'S JOURNEY; and THEY SOUGHT HIM among their kinsfolk and acquaintance . When THEY FOUND HIM NOT, THEY TURN BACK AGAIN to Jerusalem, SEEKING HIM. It came to pass, that AFTER "THREE DAYS"
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THEY FOUND HIM in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors. WHEN THEY SAW HIM, they were AMAZED; (PISSED OFF) and HIS MOTHER SAID unto him, Son, WHY HAVE YOU DEALT WITH US? behold, your Father and I have sought thee SORROWING. JESUS SAID unto them, HOW is it that ye sought me? Don't you not that I MUST BE ABOUT MY FATHER'S BUSINESS? (Joseph HAD TO BE VERY MAD)
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3 Days looking for Jesus and he say's I had to be about MY FATHER'S BUSINESS! Joseph probably was like (I AM YOUR FATHER AND YOU ARE OUR BUSINESS) I'M DONE WITH HIM MARY) that's why we never heard about Joseph after that! You never seen him with Mary at the cross nothing! Jesus HAD TO HAVE BEEN FORSAKEN BY Joseph too! Then it goes on to say THEY UNDERSTOOD NOT the saying which Jesus spake unto them.
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Psalm 27:10 WHEN MY FATHER AND MOTHER FORSAKE ME, THEN THE LORD WILL TAKE ME UP! It goes on to say, And Jesus WENT DOWN WITH THEM, went and came to Nazareth, AND WAS SUBJECT TO THEM. SUBJECT MEAN'S a A PERSON THAT IS BEING Discussed, Described, and DEALT WITH! Joseph whip Jesus butt; but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.
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Hebrews 12:5-9 My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement , whereof all are partakers, then are ye b**tards, and not sons.
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Lord, You are the reason I get up every morning. Thank You for Your blessings. Bless those listening to Your Word in Gospel. Amen.
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Loving the vibe from this song
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I really appreciate the time he takes to put into his music
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MY FAVORITE GOSPEL SONG
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Love this song
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I always love this song
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Good so that he is good to walk on the other day
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Love this song
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Love this song
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I love this song and God
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Glory....... Y o u r the reason why I sing.......p r a i s e s in my mouth......e v e n when I'm crying...... e v e n in all my pain.......e n d l e s s praise unto you...
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Praise God for He is AWESOMELY AMAZING!
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I love this station
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I love this gospel song!!!
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Love this station!!
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Classic r&b
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Great
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I you Kirk Franklin and the family god is the wonderful?
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msmoszee3
Your the reason why I sing.....upl i f t i n g you in my darkest hour and thanking you when I cross that river.....gl o r y hallejuah your the reason why I sing!
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Love this song. Jesus is the one to call on
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Rain down on me lord. I need u like never before...... . . t o u c h me right now lord.. Take me in ur arms....than k u lord....
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I love this song
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Love kirk
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Great word
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I love this song
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melodies from Heaven rain down on me
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tosylviaholm e s
I love god everyone should to
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latoyasmith0 8
Beautiful song. God I love you. Thank you for everything you have blessed me with. I will always worship you. Thank you Jesus!! :-)
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Thank you Jehovah/ Amen
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I love this so much it makes me cry
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I love it because it's remainds me of God's goodnesses n to appreciate him more
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Guy's take your personal problems elsewhere because no one gives a s**t
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Love this song I remember when I sung this in the choir I was 10 years old beautiful
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I LOVE THE GOSPEL MUSIC IT SO RELAXES ME. GIVE ME FIRM GROUND TO STAND ON, KIRK FRANKLIN DOES IT FOR ME, TRUE MAN OF GOD HELPED ME THRU MANY OF DAYS.
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I declare!!!
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I will Bless the LOrdd awesome; hopefully as Americans we will learn to better BLESS the Lord everyday and pray for the Leader of the Free World; help me pray for our President and let him know we are so Proud of him for enduring all the hatred and Heartship that this position has wrought him; for some reason I am feeling him strong today and I yet lift him up in Prayer!!!
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bibboy197920 0 3
I remember when this came out. Senior in HS. Man I was bumping this.
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Rain down...Amen
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a blessed man of abbafather our father may god continue to bless u and your family
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I love the way he sings to the Lord!
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angelauzzy
i love this it lifts my spirit
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KF, music is so intoxocating , it can be dangerous when driving. Makes me wanter hollar, stomp, and just wave my hands, sometime I feel like I can get out the car at the light and dance dance. At the light, where the homeless are you know them we all see them. His gift to music is awesome. May God continue to gift him with this extra ordinary music that reaches and toughes others. Smile OMG, I SMILE when I hear this and don't forget the people at the Light
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