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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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Sang Kirk you are a gift fron the Lord and go ahead Fred hallelujah Amen
I love you mercyful,fav o r a b l e , a n d almighty god. I love this song cause i believe he is bringing me out all my storms today and to come. No more cloudy days,sicknes s or crying at night. And blessing me with a roof and a job and cloths and food. Happy early thanksgiving to you all and be bless to all��������✌
I love god so much
I love you Lord, thanmyou for bringing me out of my storm.
I love this song praise the lord he's a mirical worker
I love the song love
Enjoying this beautiful uplifting music at work on this beautiful Sunday morning
You know time love been destroyed out jealousy, and meanness. You stop being like this you have lots friend who said stuff ,but not once i got out of line.that why took lot your friends off my page .i didn't want see that or anything they might say about you.
It not all your faults i had my part in this too,getting in some thought would be different.
He speaks the truth
Love this song
SONG BRINGS TEARS TO MY EYES KNOWING THAT JESUS DIED FOR OUR SINS AND I WILL BE BORN AGAIN..HALLE L U J A H ! ! !
So here we are.
EXACTLY ONE 7 DAY WEEK AWAY.
From the NATL. TRADITIONAL.
HOLIDAY THANKSGIVING .
THOUGH.
How many of us.
Recognize.
1st President of U.S. Continental
Congress. ::::JOHN HANSON?????
It is amazing the gift Kirk Franklin has been given to reach the otherwise unreachable, unapproachab l e , the youth of today, our leaders of tomorrow.... Keep on keeping on Kirk - Pastor Brian / Clearwater FL
Love this song...
khandycegodb o l t
Love this song!!!
You keep on lookin' out for me!
I love this song...I sing. ..I poo praise him through I all...I his tape when he first came out when I was a teenager...I took it everywhere I went. ...
I love your music Kirk Franklin and you inspire me
I love kirk franklin his music is truly a inspiration .
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I love name Jesus
Thanking the Lord for kirk and inspiring songs
mskreamfille d
I love Kirk Franklin...h i s songs feeds and minister to my spirit!!
I'm so feeling this Sunday Morning @work while listening to this song.
I love Kirk Franklin
Pray for my family that we all stay strong n the lord ! Were falling apart around here ! The devil is a lie all year round that I do no ! And we will grow! Amen
My 2 nieces sing this song a Church and it was brought just like Kirk to meant it to be no matter what Smile And the innocence they brought with it made my heart and ears feel and hear the True meaning of this Praise Message!!!
That's good Kirk keep it up
At the name of Yeshua,demon s tremble.a name above all others.Amen.
Yashua is Lord.
THIS SONG BRINGS TEARS TO MY EYES EACH TIME I LISTEN IT.. THIS WORDS JUST REACHES ME...
I love kirk Franklin music
They bring it U can remember The Words and then U can get in the Spirit and I dont Care how Hard Core it penetrates because the beats yeah!!!!!
"SING TAMELA" YASSSS
This song is real,it's my favorite reminds me of my mother
You may worship.
BAEL.
SATAN.
MONEY.
GOSSIP.
SPIRITUALISM .
BUDDA.
ALLAH.
OR EVE. EACH OTHER.


I WILL HONOR HOSANNA ONLY!!
There is a thin line.
Between.
Selfishness greed /
Looking out. For me.


Signed,
JESUS OF NAZARETH
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All say hallelujah god AL Ways Love Gof
Hallelujah god AL WAYS LOVE GOD
I sing because I'm happy
Thnx Mr.Franklin may God continue to use u..Your music tho? God got u Sir...
I love all your songs and the song i smile i praise danced to it at my church
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Thank you yes l smile know The Lord thank you for Jesus can't help from smile thank you
I recently just fell losing all . But God in all His Power & Grace is truly restoring me slowly but surely . Please family keep me in your prayers ANTONIO
To those.
That need some BLESSING
IN EACH & EVERY.
STORM OF YOUR LIFES .
I PRAY AN ALMIGHT'S
INTERVENTION ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Here I am again.
LORD!
CAN YOU HOLD ME NOW?
In these wee hours.
The morning of 11/3/14.
I pray a special BLESSING
JEHOVAH GOD ALMIGHTY!!!! !
Killed get more lake bit kirk franklin 12990
Pray for me and kids Lynn Hawkins
OH. OH OH I FELL GOOOOOOD SMILE OH OH. OH SMILE
YES I SMILE I KNOW THE LORD THANK YOU JESUS I SMILE
I Love this Song, when I'm down it ALWAYS lift me up. Its one of my favorite songs ever.
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