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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 the name Jesus all the time
God is good all time
Give me that God!!! Give me that joy I can't explain!!!
God is So good . I love you on Sunday Best . Excellent song you made and great CDS .
Mr.Franklin keep on working for everyone.��
No value in Silver and Gold without Jesus in your life..
you da man!!
thanks for the wonderful songs
I Love the name Jesus, It's the sweetest name I know..
alishiaivey3
I love this song
alishiaivey3
I love you
As the SUN rises today.
Upon a Eastern horizon.
Bless the Soul that created.
Everyone that exists.
Within its realm.
sarah30israe l
ATTN: Blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans! YOU ARE THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL! GODS CHOSEN PEOPLE!
Deu 28:68 And the LORD shall bring thee into Egypt again WITH SHIPS, by the way whereof I spake unto thee, Thou shalt see it no more again: and there ye SHALL BE SOLD unto YOUR ENEMIES for BONDMEN and BONDWOMEN, and no man shall buy you.
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ladye5808
Lady e 5808@gmail Glory be unto GOD !!!
Our God is an awesome God he reigns!!! ; ) : P
Hey hey !!!!!!!!
Yes lord I always had you to lean on I thank u over over
I love him my god is always there thick through thin
tremainebour g e o i s
Precious lamb of God!
Yesss
Now Behold The Lamb!!! ; ) : P
John 14:2-3
God shines on his children and keep you if u want to be kept.. Thank you Jesus for allowing ur blessings to reign in my life!!!!
nicolegrisha m 1
He is so able
Aman thank you Jesus just some of the words that can come kind of close to what the name of Jesus means to me
Thank you God
It's Gonna be a brighter day!!!Glory be to God.
Kirk franklin keeo working. You are the best��������
Very. Very. Impression
God is always with us no madder what happens
I love him god is always with us and he will never give up on us
I believe what He said when He said it's already done.
The Storm is over Now... Yes Lord!! No more Cloudy Days.. No more sickness in my body.. The Storm is Over. Thank You Lord!
lovelyred00
I love you so much!!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
Jesus you are ... God said I am, that I am ... Jesus you are
white.stepha n i e 2 7
Melodies from heaven :-)
dfwlois5
Stomp
I Owe It ALL To YOU LORD Thank YOU JESUS!!
"It is the sweetest name I know" . This song put me in tears every time.
Yesss....
kirk keep working for Christ and stay on the battle field for the lord fyi your music has really blessed me AIM4life
YES JESUS I AM MORE THAN A CONQUEROR
Thank God for Kirk:)
Kirk, keep doing God's work.good song.
Yes..... Jesus you are
Omg
Kirk is the passion of god andni worship his name I will never forget his namez
love his work for God with the young people and kids Gods work that is this man....... faceprettycd d 2 0 1 4 5 0 @ g m a i l . c o m
I remember.
Minister Kirk Franklin.
Back years ago.
When I first worked.
For the Dave Thomas,
WENDY S FOOD CHAIN.
Harrisburg PA
The Brother Minister,
Crew,and choir.
Have been taking the pain.
Away.
Ever since.
BLESS all.HOLY NAMES!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
I rather have Jesus then silver and gold!!
Omg i praise u kirk and my lord amen bless u
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