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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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I love Kirk Franklin he's a very amazing man of God I LOVE YOU KIRK FRANKLIN AND JESUS❤️❤️❤️�
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I did not know who you was, until my daughter brought you into the house and I'm proud that she did.
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O.... Means heal...salva t i o n . . . . Try Jesus knows... Nobody betrays my love... Unconditiona l . . . Binomial my brain alive....Thi s . Lady hard way loves to try.. Am Jesus code..... Ain't stopping. Amma spread my poor love.
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I don't. Have to. Touch Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
Because The savior's Holy Spirit. Constantly. Touches mine own spirit!
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Every law-abiding citizen. Should recognize. As times as these. Your daily obligation. Is;
1)Being at a right place at a right time.
2). Understandin g that responsibity .
3).Proceedin g . With perfered. Team Leadership.
4).Being positive. That your reactions.
Will not be sorrow- filled @ that,or any other time!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Oh yeah sunday best whoa where yall at now dont tell me its over.
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Hello Mr. Kirk
Ive been listening to you for a long time. Id stomp but i dont want to break my leg. Silver and gold not even my teeth. And the storm is over now i begin to understand threw experience, its been a while i know yet you are quite a hard working man thank God for you.
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Say it! Wooo! God bless.
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I love this song my God Is Awesome no matter what kind of day I'm having this song just makes me feel great I feel refreshed I feel like all of my problems my pains my fears is taken care of. Thank you God
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Sometimes, the storms keep rolling, and seem never-ending !
Glory to JEHOVAH GOD ALMIGHTY in the highest, he not only rules the storms, but rules over whatever this old life might be sending!
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I joined a church and want to do the right thing listening to these songs gives me a lot of hope that things will be alright if I just keep him first.
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With me only if you are a verified,bon i f i e d , c a r d carrying. Individual. That matches you physical personal idenificatio n .
Again i Warn you......@th i s time or any other segment of period...... . . . . . . . . . . . . I DO NOT PLAY!!!!!!!!
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You......the Satanic Devil in disguise.... . n e v e r has to talk to me....,make an appointment
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You want to know today Feb.25,2015. . . W h o do i know???????
Being a loved son. To a 32 degreed
Free-Accepte d Shrinner Mason....... . . . . . b e i n g nominated for the33rd Consistary. Exalted...ye t declined,bec a a u s e of health issiues.y Mother was a 15 degreed matron. Order of Eastern Star......an d you not knowing exactly where i'm presently coming from......yo u think i'm less than a son-of-a-sea - c o o k ? . . . . . . a g a i n i teach ......what GOD ALMIGHTY THROUGH JESUS CHRIST HOLY GHOST CONTINUES FOR ME TO ......Now g
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ENOUGH ABOUT LITTLE OL me.......... . . . . . w h a t about you?
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Yes......i have a day in Federal Court,
Birmingham, Al
Though as a plaintiff. I need all concerned To pray. That the un-justices. Sought against me......,not only be judicial rectified.
My reflection,o f whatever decision.
Be a focus . That others can learn from. TO MY GOD BE THE GLORY!!!
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What are my plans & intentions?
TO DO WHAT 1 OF MY ROLE MODELS TOLD ME FACE-TO-FACE .
"Do a right thing'....., , , W i t h the help of DIVINE EL SHA DA ...PRAISE BE THE LORD OF HOST EXISTANCE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OF NAZERETH.Con t i n u i n g teaching. Private-publ i c . A. 5 scholars right here from number seven,,,,,,,
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You are the best Mr Kirk
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You are the best
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Not many of us. Are grateful. To walk this late-great planet.
Once invited sharing. In service- training. @ the residence of a 104yrs.of age Ordained Minister.
I am that survivor,PRA I S E HIS HOLY
NAME THAT MAKES ALL DEMONS FLEE........ . . . . . . . . . . , , . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . , , . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Oh it slipped my memory. You are supposed to be blessed.
I pray its by my blessor. That trained a best!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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I ponder.What a majority is running. To & Fro getting few,things done. Re;
What is suppose to be."RIGHT TO KNOW???????? ? ? ? ?
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How do you like a fact. In my text manual. One chapter. Relates to:
One day is equal to a thousand years.?????? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Oh well....its even. A Magestic moment. Knowing that. Even if no one else believes. That being . An unchanged truth.......
My Monday, February 23,2015 is never changed..... B E I N G SOLD-OUT!!
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Something about the name the name Jesus it is the sweetest name I know Amen
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I love all his music
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I love it
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I like it
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Be the person u would want to meet♡♡♡♡
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A NICE SONG,,,,,, BRIGHTER DAY
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Great
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This is my song
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Can you feel it turn it up up up can you see and it feel it feel it can you feel it lyrics can you turn it up up up you tell me I can hear the music going up yeah yeah and AM saying the best yes master you coming to the restaurant is the restaurant is not have contract we miss you we haven't even want to live without video what she wobble dictionary the dictionary is a big big book is show you a lot of stuff how to learn and if you learn you be the smartest kids in the whole entire Earth and I'm
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Can't touch this can't touch this girl can't touch this girl when I see you at school you're going to be in big big trouble I mean huge trouble trouble and I nited States in a whole entire Earth if you do not listen to me you babe babe babe babe babe babe babe babe babe baby babe big big big big big big big big trouble and you are never ever ever ever ever get your beer again are there guns out door and the window I love you so much
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God bless you for your life
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Come over now
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Amen
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dowdy273
L like this song.he really blessed
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Rain on me Jesus.!
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Keep Singing
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I like this song. He is really blessed
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I have always love Kirk Franklin Evey sense I heard Down by the Riverside. From that point on I knew that God had a Call on Mr. Franklin, and he answer his calling. The Bible says many has been call only a few has been chosen. Mr. Kirk Franklin has been chosen in Jesus Name. I Love my Brother Kirk Franklin, may God continue to Bless you and your Choir Family. Let your Light Continue to Shine that your Music may draw other to CHRIST JESUS AMEN.
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Yes Jesus he is worthy thank you lord for everything you done to continue me with the blessing me and my family I giving you all the prayers thank you lord
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YES LORD YES YES GIVE ME THAT GIVE ME THAT GIVE ME THAT JESUS AMEN. Lowery247
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Yes Lord
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He is worthy to be praise.
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