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Kirk Franklin

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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#§Mile Ï sëë u babý
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ℓσя∂ тнαик υ fσя ¢яєαтιиg кιяк вє¢αυѕє ʝυѕт мα∂є му ∂αу тнαик υ ℓσя∂ ℓσνє υ
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Thank you Lord for always being there for me even though I backsled you still always picked me up Lord thank you I should be dead but you have kept me thank you Lord, please brothers and sisters keep me and my family in prayer thank you, erick
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Very power music with deep healing to the heart spirit soul and the body . God blessed Kirk n his family
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HOW DO YOU DO JESUS I AM A SINER BUT I AM STILL BEING CHANGED BECAUSE OF YOUR FORGIVENESS I AM YOUR CHILD AND THIS I KNOW BECAUSE OF YOU FATHER I AM WHAT I AM AND I THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH AMEN lowery247
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Yesss!!!!
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god has blessed me and myfamily with keeping us strong
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Yes You JESUS is the reason why I sing
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Thank you Jesus
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colletonk
remember him with Missip Mass still an excellent performer
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Good old days gone but not forgotton. God bless
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Yes Lord! Something about that name!!!
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crume75
Nice sound Mr. Franklin!
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Hey
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brandythornt o n 4 3 7 6
Amen!!! I'm really smiling :)
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First time hearing this song I have been a backslider scene 99 and right now the red Sea is in front of me and I have no where to run expect to God so please brothers and sisters pray for me and my family your brother in christ erick
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God I Thank you for bringing Mr through and continuing to thank you father.
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NO MATTER WHAT I GO THROUGH LORD JESUS I WILL SMILE BECAUSE I HAVE YOU IN MY LIFE OH OH OH I SMILE AMEN lowery247
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Crying is GOOD for da soul JUST WANT TO GIVE HIM GLORY N PRAISE AMEN GOD IS GOOD
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kelijohn0
He can do it! Need a lot of prayer for my husband's heart to heal (not because of me) from past hurts...
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I am in love with this songs
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WITHOUT GOD nothing else makes any sense!!!
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Holallu
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I found out that most of the time, Kirk Franklin is a song riter
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Who ever believes in god shall have ever lasting life I love u all
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Good song
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thank you for Pandora. the number one choice.
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Yes JESUS has the SWEETEST NAME I Know
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Cool
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sisters4evam o r e
You are so so good.
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Kirk Franklin is a very great artist and his songs are used by the Lord everywhere and everyday. God bless Kirk Franklin!
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OH-H-H HOLY GHOST.....KE E P UP....BY YOUR DOUBLE-EDGED
SWORD WATCH....ALL OF US!!!!!!
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ray080404
Amen your song tach my heart
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I like Kirk franklins songs
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oh I love kirk franklin I was blessed to see kirk in person in Oklahoma city oh my god his music is great
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I love you
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Kirk ur the man!!!!!!!!! Thank God for your anointed voice keep the great work up !!!!!!!!!!!
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Love you Kirk
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I love God and I am blessed because my favorite song is just gospel songs
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Thanks
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Houkins
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AGAIN LORD JESUS I SMILE BECAUSE OF YOU JESUS I SMILE CANT GIVE UP AMEN lowery247
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I want to take. Just a few minutes. Of your valuable time. To lend to you. Something. That i heard. A ....what you call. 'Thug-gangst e r ' . Told .
"They would ROB...., Even Anyone "getting-in- a - w a y ! . . . . . w e l l my answer.
WHAT THEN ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH. YOUR GAINS.....WH I C H WERE AN ALMIGHTY'S ...,TO BEGIN?
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Worship your faith base....& by doing so.......tro u b l e will be non-existent ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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I love you kirk
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Amen & Hallelujah ;)
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Yoga you
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If anyone thinks....ev e n acts. That i will worship. ANY DEITY. OTHER THAN HOSANA....th e y must of haf bumped their heads!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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It's always a lovely day when GOD seen his Angels down every Morning down to touch me and my family to wake us up to see a day warm,cold,ra i n and shine thank you LORD
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