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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 semi-finals 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. The album took the gospel charts by storm, landing in the top spot and remained there for several weeks.

Franklin spent the next two-and-a-half years touring. He formed his own label, Fo Yo Soul, and commenced recording his debut for it. In September of 2015 he announced the release of the controversially titled, Losing My Religion. The pre-release single, "Wanna Be Happy," appeared in October and ran right up the charts. It was followed in November by the full-length. ~ Sandra Brennan
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Hello Fear

1. Hello Fear

2. Interlude

3. Before I Die

4. I Am

5. But The Blood

6. Everyone Hurts

7. I Smile

8. Give Me

9. Never Alone Interlude

10. The Altar

11. Something About The Name Jesus Pt. 2

12. Today

13. The Moment #1

14. The Moment #2

15. A God Like You

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Track List: The Fight Of My Life

1. Declaration (This Is It!)

2. Little Boy (Featuring Rance Allen)

3. Help Me Believe

4. Hide Me

5. How It Used To Be

6. He Will Supply

7. Jesus

8. I Am God (Featuring Toby Mac)

9. It Would Take All Day

10. A Whole Nation

11. Still In Love

12. I Like Me (Featuring Da' T.R.U.T.H.)

13. Chains

14. Still (In Control)

15. The Last Jesus

16. The Fight Of My Life_track_16

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Track List: Hero

1. Intro

2. Looking For You

3. Hero (feat. Dorinda Clark-Cole)

4. Interlude

5. Let It Go

6. The Process

7. Imagine Me

8. Could've Been (feat. J Moss & Tye Tribbett)

9. Better

10. Afterwhile (feat. Yolanda Adams)

11. Brokenhearted (feat. Marvin L. Winans)

12. Without You

13. Keep Your Head

14. Why (feat. Stevie Wonder)

15. First Love

16. The Appeal

17. Brokenhearted (Reprise)

18. Interlude

19. Sunshine

20. Outro

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Track List: The Nu Nation Project

1. Interlude: The Verdict

2. Revolution

3. Lean On Me

4. Something About The Name Jesus

5. Riverside

6. He Loves Me

7. Gonna Be A Lovely Day

8. Praise Joint (Remix)

9. Hold Me Now

10. You Are

11. Interlude: The Car (Stomp)

12. If You've Been Delivered

13. Smile Again

14. Love (Remix)

15. My Desire

16. Blessing In The Storm

17. I Can

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Track List: Are You Listening (Radio Single)

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Track List: I Smile (Radio Single)

1. I Smile

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Track List: Kirk Franklin Presents: Songs For The Storm Volume 1

1. Intro

3. Let Me Touch You

4. When I Get There

5. Conquerors

7. Blessing In The Storm

8. The Storm Is Over Now

9. You Are

10. The Family Worship Medley

11. Melodies From Heaven

12. Look At Me Now

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Track List: Losing My Religion

1. Losing My Religion

2. Miracles

3. 123 Victory

4. Road Trip

5. Pray For Me

6. Wanna Be Happy?

7. It's Time (Feat. Tasha Page-Lockhart & Zacardi Cortez)

8. True Story

9. Over

10. When (Feat. Kim Burrell & Lalah Hathaway)

11. My World Needs You (Feat. Sarah Reeves, Tasha Cobbs & Tamela Mann)

12. Intercession

13. No Sleep Tonight

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Track List: Wanna Be Happy? (Single)

1. Wanna Be Happy?

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I really love this song it stirred my Spirit ����������⭐️
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Amen!! Love this Song!! Thank u lord!! 2017
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GET READY! GET READY! GET READY!
Donald Trump is the 45 President! 45=9 The Ultimate Goal of the number 9 is TO SERVE HUMANITY! I believe God send Trump to come to serve the world and MAKE IT A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL TO LIVE IN!
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The number 9 are those of LEADERSHIP, the ability to see clearly, integration, intellectual , SPIRITUALITY , unity, truth, the Seer, high moral sense, good advisor, LEADING BY POSITIVE EXAMPLES, learning to say ‘No’, creative abilities, sensitivity, loyalty, discretion, brilliance, problem-solv i n g , inner-wisdom , freedom, tolerance.
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PEOPLE I BELIEVE WE HAVE 7 MORE YEARS TO BELIEVE IN THE SON OF GOD AND THAT JESUS CAME IN THE FLESH! IN THE YEAR 2024 ALL HELL IS COMING! THAT WILL BE THE YEAR OF THE 51 PRESIDENT! 2024=6 THE Number 51=6 In the Bible, the number 6 symbolizes man and human weakness, THE EVILS OF SATAN and The Manifestatio n of sin!
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I BELIEVE THE YEAR 2026 JESUS IS COMING BACK FOR US BELIEVERS! 26=8 Number 8 in the Bible represents A NEW BEGINNING! MEANING A NEW ORDER OR CREATION, and man's true 'born again' event when he is resurrected from the dead into eternal life.
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Gm my friends, Love this song. Kirk done again. We all should be smiling. Just the thought of what Our Jesus went through for us! Thank you God. In Jesus Name I Pray. Amen Smile!!

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Love you Kirk love your songs and arrangements and they always touch that spot ����❤
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Thank u im ready to go back by riverside love peace
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I am Listing to you song right now love all your songs all the time.
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I thank Our God for his Son, Sweet Jesus. Can't & Wont Nobody do us like him. Thank God for Mr. Kirk Franklin, I smile is a hit. We should be Smiling all the time, what Jesus went through for us, should put a smile on our Face & our Hearts. God is Love and he Loves us the most, No Matter!! In Jesus Name, Amen!

Ms. Jones
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God bless you Pastor Kirk Franklin
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Say Arianna 6 times
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Check your voice
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yes LORD!
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I love this song
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I love 123 victory
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Your songs are really great
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Love this song
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I love your music this is Jada I am 9 years old and me my mom and brother can sing so thank you for your music God bless you love you
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Love you Kirk!
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I LOVE the song "WANNA BE HAPPY"
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THANK YOU PANDORA!!! IHVEN'T HEARD THIS SONG IN SO LONG! I JUST LOVE THIS SONG - GOD BLESS YOU!
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Hello I am a big fan
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All I've got for Kirk is love.... Real love! Great minister!
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Hi Kirk Franklin I am a big fan
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Hi Kirk
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i like it it is cool
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Hallelujah hallelujah God is good u know he died for us so he can let us live but people are still during because of people shooting them and getting murdered and killed
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Glory holy hallelujah!! ! Thank you Jesus!!!
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I love this song...
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U are amazing another great artist who inspires me through my hard times thank u..Thank GOD for u and u have flava.. In the right ways..Amen.
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The You know that you can be used as an independent counsel of a sudden you can be found on this one for a few years and
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Faith in Jesus Christ .Is how we can touch Him that He is the Savior!!. Regardless what we may encounter through tears pain abandoned. We stretch forth in faith yield our hearts and say yes
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Hallelujah! Show nuff holy ghost power!
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Love this song!
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Everyday we wake up before our feet hit the floor, we should thank our Lord & Savior for another lovely day.
He's so good to us & we don't deserve it. But God Loves us No Matter What! Thank you God. There is None Like you. Amen! I love you God, thank you for the precious Lamb, King Jesus!

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Smile. Shine. Spread the Word of the Good News
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.....inspite . . . n e v e r t h e l e s s . . . . J E S U S you keep on looking out for me...thank you, LORD!! Nothing, but HIS GRACE!!
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Today. Dec.19,2016 I will let an adversary. Have depression,o p p r e s s i o n , v i o l e n t - i n t e n t , d e c e i t f u l character, unhappiness ,in complete attitude. ALL IS WELL WITH MY SOUL.
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All those claiming. That they are FAMOUS. Should learn. The effectivenes s & p r a c t i c a l i t i e s . Regarding the HOLY BOOK of THE minor prophet of the BOOK of AMOS........ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Good god I cry out all the time for you
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Hallelujah Glory to God. Kirk Franklin is about a Reveloution
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