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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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As a prominent,re s p e c t e d . p r i v a t e - i n s t r u c t o r .
WORLD FAITH BASE RELIGIOUS STUDY. I NEED EACH AND EVERY LIVING. CAREER MINDED CONCERNED CONSTANT PRAYERS.
My song I.love this
At this particular hour pray......an d again....... . p r a y .
For the City of FAIRFIELD ALABAMA,RESI D E N T S , E M P L O Y E D , U N D E R - E M P L O Y E D , S T U D E N T S , A N D THE REVIVAL. OF THOSE WHO MAY
BE WEARY OF GUIDANCE,AND SUCCESS OVERCOMING ANY LOSS.
The pain.......i s only brought by.........
IN REMEMBERANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . O F ME.......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I'm learning to settle and be grateful of the things I have. But overly grateful for my life.
Thank you God. Sometimes I feel as though I don't deserve your mercy.
Everyday I see how God Loves Me.
Thank you God for my 2nd chance at life. Because of you I am drug and sex free!!! Thank you God for Loving Me. I ask that you change my surroundings for the better. I love my new strength.
I Love Brother Kirk..
REMEMBER THIS.......A S WE SPEND
HARD EARNED - DIFFERCULT TO
FIND AT TIMES M-O-N-E-Y !
It is no good @ all, without a healthy
ability maintaining a thriftiness. . . . . . . . . . ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
God justice has faithfully reach all Africa american people in accordance of his unbreakable love. God kingdom is happy. His faithful to his promise. Keep increasing the talent he gave you.
This is a throwback,I rather have Jesus.
The book of Revelations !!!!
It is better to go hungrier. For truth in someone that offers. Physical food
From serve through goodness of their heart....... . . . t h a n deceitfilled fake presentation s . . , , , . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
jahjah1202
Yes Jesus amen thank u Jesus you've brought me through every thing yes lord !!!!!!!!!���
Say I phone 5 times
Pick a color
Put this on 5 different songs
Look under your pillow
YES YES JESUS YOU ARE AMEN AND AMEN.THROUGH YOU I TRULY HAVE THE VICTORY THANK YOU
I love you and God and God has bless you with a beautiful voice and I love it
Lord you are so good-I love you
LORD I HAVE YOU AMEN.
God make no mistakes
THANKS LORD FOR ANOTHER DAY!!
The Brighter Day ahead....... i s not for us. To dread upon today!!!!... . . . . j u s t be
reminded.,th e days already past.....to
what DIVINITY SHALL CREATE ON ANOTHER DAY& TIME PRAY AGAIN!
Yes sweet loving Jesus , I love with all soul and heart and mind .
motherof3pw
Yes Lord you are my all!!! Thank you Jesus!! Pandora please invent repeat!!!
YES LORD NO MATTER WHAT I AM
GOING TO STILL SMILE BECAUSE
A 5 is @ work 24-7. Bringing simular
To Bro. Minister Kirk's unit. Live here
Some people endorse. Human gradificatio n , b y possessed. REAL ESTATE...... . A Q U I R E D MONATARY WEALTH...... . . C O N N E C T I O N S . . . . e t c . . . .
AN ALMIGHTY CAN CHANGE THAT
PRIDE,AND POMPOUS ATTITUDE.... .
ojingaj30
Yeah��
Yes lord now behold the precious lamb of GOD!! Thank you JESUS!!! VERY BEAUTIFUL praise him very anointing voices BE BLESSED!!
I Smile is a wonderful song sang yall smile youook so mhvjnetyrrre
AFTERWHILE AFTERWHILE AMEN
accluck
God is giving us his blessings thru a man named ' KIRK FRANKLIN '. Thank you Jesus. This man is incredible. The blessings that I've received are unbelievable . No more drugs... :>)
Thank a Good Lord.
For things which we have not experienced.
Sacrifices already made.
So that we do not worry thus far.........
There is sleeper-cell ' s right here in.
The Great State of Alabama . Posing
as senior employees.
Those are the ones counter-terr o r i s m units. Should have under
surveillance .
Yet.
Are still not under secret indictment.
You have a beautiful voice you can really sing

GOD LOVES U
Sang that song yall go ahead there's no other person alive like Jesus there's something about the name Jesus
punkin30331
I like this song
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Today's Date: 1/15/2015
President Barack Obama!
Please Help Me!
Alexander.Re s u m e 1 @ g m a i l . c o m
{Bronshae Alexander S.T.M.B Church} Sacramento Policemen B-French Is trying to Murder Me! Date:12/31/1 4
Today's Date: 1/15/2015
President Barack Obama!
Please Help Me!
Alexander.Re s u m e 1 @ g m a i l . c o m
Lord you are omnipotent!! ! Regardless of my flaws you will never judge me and no matter how big my trials and tribulations are, you still make a way out of no way.
Oh yes just what I need to hear today rain down on me Jesus.
Today,Jan.14 , 2 0 1 5 . Is a Wed. I begin.
By bowing. To my savior Jesus. Christ of Nazereth. The thrid percentage. That Manifests in divne
faith. JEHOVAH EL SHA DAH YAWAH. ALMIGHTY GOD KNOWER
IN WHICH HOLY SPIRIT. CONTROLS
A MIND,BODY,SO U L . THAT SHOULD FEAR MYSTERY IN ITSELF.NOT MUNDANE. THIS DIVIDES THOSE
PLEASING MATERIALS.GE S T U R E ,
AND SELFISH PRIDE FROM OBEYED HUMILITY BLESS THIS!!!!!
Jesus you are my everything! ! Thank you for being my rock!!
U are the best
Yes father. you Awesome. . I trust you to do what you said you would do. No matter what it looks like Toda
Jesus, control my future!
My break though is here i been though a lot in my life so I have to prasie him
Kirk franklin got some dance moves he killing that joint?our god is awesome god he reigns,my life,my love,my all,conquere d ,
Please. Make the community in that
You live,work,an d enjoy!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
Acceptable in part of that Alabamian
Advanced acedemia Amen???????? ?
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