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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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You is sily on bet
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I've loved this since I was a child
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A5 2015-2016 publication . Will be announcing.. . . . . T R I - C o u n t y Work-it-out! Community Drill....lat e r this season!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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NO ROOM FOR 'PIMPING' In this lovely day.
. ..A 5 2015-2016pub l i c a t i o n
Wake upon . This. Feel Good Friday.....r e f r e s h e d ! Beginning the start of a lovely weekend!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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llanie220
Give me that.
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I love all gospel...TYJ
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Carlene timberlake i love this song let u worship all dai
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Glory hallelujah, you're the reason why we exist. Praise HIM Always. Thank u FATHER
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I Was lost it took along way to get back but I am here now Lord open the door Let me in.I wanna thankyou for being there every step of the way.
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Dear Good Lord Almighty. @ your appointed time,place,e n v i o r m e n t a l scene....... m a k e me capable to your. Service that is pleasing to your grace.
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I love this song very inspirationa l
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I love ur music i been throught so much it left up my spirit thank u Lord
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jdjessicadai g l e
I've been a Kirk Franklin fan since 5th grade
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I love your songs(all) they tell and show the spirit of god in your own way. May the lord continue to keep u
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KNVB chm ng mm mm nu vu knock ink gm gm
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How many think age of individual.
Matters by their age?when they act.
As if. Age is ageless?
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Love it lifts me sings at my church everybody loves it
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He lifts me up all the time
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Even though I'm 12 ... Kirk' s Music gives such a powerful message and lifts my Spirit when I start to doubt or just lose faith it makes me feel good
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Eight o'clock a,m,Monday learning class......l e v e l 2nd DIVISION A 5
Teach how everybody wants peace.
The sacrifices already made...the reason cooperation is @ hand.The harmony of the sixth generation knows this. Grudge-heart e n thinking loses....... . . . . . . ............ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Got a minute ? There's a church that was built and they need monetary donations to help cover expenses , the church is Saint Patrick church - 1046 E. 34 th street Los Angeles California 90011 - (323) 232- 8756 ( 323) 234- 5963 - Pastor Rev. Timothy Dyer - Jesus is God :)
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WE LOVE U HOSANNA
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luzcan86
I have been hurt and I need he's healing.
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I love this station everyone can really sing on this station.
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I love him so bad!!!!!!!!!
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I believe I fill it everyday I'm up now thank u father for open my eyes and heart and the most important my soul amem
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you just keep the faith.god will work it and he will work it out,
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Love him he can make you happy�� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� ��
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I'm speechless u are awesome
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Jesus you are my savior.
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I've been told verbally. A lot of so-called. Opinion strategys,to - m y - f a c e .
Another one.......be i n g . . . . . . . . " Y O U ' R E . Lucky....tho u g h . . . @ . . . . . . s o m e time or another..... . . m y ....luck...i s going to.....run out!"....... . I T S A GOOD THING,THAT LUCK...IS NOT MENTIONED IN THE HOLY SCRIPTURES I STUDY....... t h i s makes a devil mad......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Waking up.....Tuesd a y , M a r c h 10.....is a priveledge.
Honoring those. Who kept us. From all harm. While you,and dozed. Hopeful to replenish. What ALMIGHTY has bestowed a plan. For daily routine. May you. BE BLESSED!!
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I LOVE THIS song lyrics to be a lovely day in a Christian SONG I thank that so cool I would have thought about that :)
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I Love all Kirk Franklin songs wonderful music.
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Dedicate this 'joint' to..my 2nd cousin;retir e d .Officer James. Cawthon,Jack s o n Tn. Police Dept......
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Students of Greater 'B ham'! How was your fantastic week-end????
Back to a grind-in-lea r n i n g . Do this!
SPRING BREAK IS UPON YOUR SUCCESS..... . . . . . . . . ! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Sing it.....a brighter day.
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GM I like the
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Very few......inc l u d i n g myself. Actually know a truth.....ab o u t . Where Jehovah Good Lord of Hosts.....ma d e to reside.....f o r e v e r & forever..... . & . . . e v e r ! ! ! ! ! !
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Glory hallelujah God is the reason that i sing
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my favorite song is ''I smile'' nd I LOVE God
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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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