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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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Comments

LOVE YOU Kirk Franklin LOVE u music
I'm. Going to refrain. From commenting. This Saturday. Sabbath. 12-20-14
BLESSING YOUR SIGNIFICANCE ! ! ! !
Lying,cheati n g , d i s p i c i n g , u g l y n e s s in
moods,decept i o n s , i n t e n t i o n a l mis-informat i o n . MUST BE RECKONED
WITH.BEFORE ALL FORGIVENESS
CAN HAPPEN.
BETTER DO THIS NOW!!!!!!!!! N O T LATER.
YES GOD RELEASE THE POWER OF YOUR HOLYGHOST... . R A I N DOWN ON ME/US.....
Who said.
"Ifyou don't. have any money.
You just are avoided. As a disease?"
Well.
MONEY WAS IN PLACE. BEFORE YOUR BIRTH. WILL BE AFTER YOU ARE GONE. SO WILL DISEASE.
THOUGH.
THE DIVINE HOLY SPIRITLIVES ON!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
I love your soul thank you lord
His name is various;
KING OF KINGS,WONDER F U L COUNSELOR,LI L L Y - O F - A - V A L L E Y
GREATEST PHYSICIAN ,GREAT AND
MORNING STAR, HOSANA!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Live ,Enjoy life bless
Phone need charging be back i about 20 minutes.
colatt38
Amen God is amazing ON TIME GOD ANOINT ME WITH YOUR GRACE
God love you don't. Have to be the best
Our say prayer for You
God loves us for the bible tells me so
:·)Love you
KIRK @ CHOIR AWESOME WORDS OF CHRIST JESUS
Smile
shanicecarte r 1 8 3
i have a brighter day now
I love your songs
Smile
melital2488
Such a beautiful word of encouragemen t . . .
Glory to God in the Highest!!! Hallelujah Amen!!! Love you Whitney, Love you Jesus Christ!!! Yes Lord!!!
My people. I. Pray please. Do not use
your tear glands.
When our precious patience.to honour and obey.
Can dry. Any and every measure.
That despairs. The woulda,shoul d a ,
coulda. From individual. Personas.
I like this song
Praise and worship music!
Faith. Is the evidence of things,
and just.
All of you.
Wait upon.
What is going. To be possible develop 12-11-2014
ladana_15
Glory hallelujah
mr_adonis_45
Needed to hear this right now!
Jesus You Are everything I need the peace in my joy within shelter from the storm thank you Jesus Amen Amen Amen
Sing that song I need the Lord to Lean on Hallelujah Amen Amen Amen Lord I Love You
A word to the wise;
During this time.
Pre-mature of calender.
Season Greetings.
Schedule un-interupte d plans.
With nobody. Save your Almighty!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Love the names of Jesus!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
My mom love this song and I do too this song is really good to give people wisdom
contend4thef a i t h
Kik me
FATHER GOD YOU KNOW ALL AND YOU KNOW WHY BUT THROUGH IT ALL I LOVE YOU AND I GIVE YOU ALL THE PRAISE AMEN AND AMEN
Can u hold me now Lord!
I dance to his song
neda3davis
I love this song!
Oh yes
Looking for you
Yes he is able Thank you Kirk Franklin for this song I was blessed to lead this song when I was in the youth choir!!!!! ALL TO JESUS WE OWE!!!!!
I remember.
KIRK MINISTER OF MUSIC FRANKLIN.
Before he (and. the family)."BLE W - U P ! ! ! ! "
Before even he Got DOWN(MIS-HAP ) .
Outside Pittsburg,Pa .
HARRISBURG.
Sang yall he did savr the day Amen Amen Amen
The only thing. That is worthy.
Is .
PRAISE TO THE UN-SEEN,
ALMIGHTY!
I love this song lean on me
You are the reason Lord .Thank you Jesus.
Amen I love this song please continue to lean on Jesus!! Thank you all that had part in blessing us with this song!!! I''ve Always loved Kirk Franklin 's music God is real and his mercy is everlasting! ! !
GOD IS THE MOST WONDERFUL MAN I KNOW I JUST WANT TO THANK GOD FOR DELIVERING MY SOUL WHEN GOD TOUCHES YOU AND CLEESE YOU WHITE AS SNOW THATS A FEELING SO BEAUTIFUL
I love this song it really calms me down !!
I love this song .
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