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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

I like all Kirk Franklin songs....... . So powerful. Jesus you are.........
He's Able Sang Kirk I Know That He Can Do All Things And Give Joy In The Morning Light And I Believe My Change Is Going To Come Amen!!!!
My desire is to be more like JESUS Amen
khawknz
Thank you, my brother in Christ, for sharing your talent with us all. Me and my family have truly used your music for inspiration in some the life's worst situations. We thank God for you!
Love this song!! Thank u Jesus! !
christanien
I LOVE THE SONG I SMILE
graddickc
God has blessed Kirk Franklin to deliver his music to us to get through all the trials and tribulations . Kirk Franklin is truly a blessing to hear his music which keeps my spirit up at all times!!! Thank you Kirk Franklin. GOD HAS BEEN GOOD ALL THE TIME!!!!
Kirk your music is so wonderful to me.
praise god.....prai s e him
God is so good I thank God I Don't look like what I've been through but the grace of God nobody but God's unconditiona l grace and mercy
Hello Kirk Franklin because he is the best gospel that I know everything I was a child of Christ it Donnie McClurkin and Yolanda Adams that's my girl and I will always love those 3 for the rest of my life thank you with Jesus Christ who is my
Praise God that His has gifted one to bless many!!!
Grf// / %%/% edhamd
I left a comment for brother Kirk with my number please contact me!
May the Lord continue to bless u and your family&prais e leaders,grou p singers in being a inspirationa l to others that loves to hear your music whether young or old..May the Holy Spirit keep your mid heart with serving Jesus Christ.
I Love me some Kirk Franklin I Smile!!! I Thank my granddaughte r Billie Dee Williams she knows that I love Kirk so she always turned me on too l smile I thank God for her!!!Amen God Bless you Billie Dee Williams you are my heart young lady !!!!Bless the LORD OH my SOUL and all that's within me BLESS the LORD!!!!
You are awesome kirk Franklin! Keep being the most cool guy ever
Go ahead Kirk He Keeps On Looking I Out For Me Is Blessing
I love is songs so much I love him I like I like god.
larock46
Lord you have done amazing in wonderful things for me in my family I thank you Jesus continue to bless me in your name Jesus amen
Thank you lord for everything you have done for me and my family. You are an awesome God because their in power In the name of Jesus.
Yes YES yes I love you yes
Lord Jesus,bless your heart.
Awesome this song make me think of all that God brought me through so grateful Jesus
Kirk franklin is a great singer and god Is good
I love this song
The reason why we sing
I love gospel artist like u god bless u
PLEASE JESUS JUST LET ME TOUCH YOU BECAUSE I NEED YOU MORE AND MORE IN MY LIFE AND I KNOW THERE IS NO GREATER LOVE .
Kirk franklin
I love kirk Franklin
I LOVE ME SOME KIRK FRANKLIN I LOVE ALL HE'S SONGS SMILE*THE STORM IS OVER*SOMETHI N G ABOUT THE NAME OF JESUS! I CAN GO ON &ON I LOVE YOU KRIK FRANKLIN
Thank you Jesus for being me to our God !Praise his name and yours. .........Ame n
Give that real love jesus christ ����������
Your a good singerr and you do so good
Love music all music
Love this song ...... Bring a lot to the cross of Jesus.... Save many soul
I love Mr. Kirk Franklin, he is unique in his style and his talent is truly a gift from God- he inspires me every time I hear him.
Always a Blessing in Jesus ! Just hold on and most of all Believe..
He's a real blessing to the young generation. He's bringing in the flock through his music. God has really blessed his life. He has a serious annointing on his life. Which is very fortunate for the younger generation.
musicdiva197 9
PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!!! ! ! ! T H I S IS MY SONG I LOVE THE NAME JESUS. THANK YOU GOD.
Praise God! BEHOLD THE LAND OF GOD IS RIGHT THANK GOD FOR IT!!!
God is sooooo good!!!
GP are you with me.. all day
HALLELUJAH.. . . . P R A I S E GOD,AMEN! :-) :-) I bless you JESUS!:-)
THANK YOU HOLY GHOST......
Amen
Be strong my sister ������ #He's Able
Awesome song love it!!
Kirk Franklin is a blessing Thank You God is good
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