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Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation

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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The strom is over now no more cloudy days I feel like I can make it the Strom is over now. Thank you Jesus
...,,@ this very up-coming ninth hour.
Post-meridia n . . . . . . s a t a n and those associated with foul deceit....ON THE
RUN.......BA C K TO A CENTER OF DUNGEONS. IN A PIT OFMOTHER
LATE GREAT PLANET CONJURING
THEIR OWN FILTHY LIES IN TERROR...... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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I LOVE THIS SONG
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GOD IS GOOD I love this song.
dottg55
Something about the name Jesus
Going through the hardest situation I thought I ever had to face in life and then this song comes on ...god hears my cry
no more..thank you
God is good He never changes despite my flaws I love him And I Thank him for what he has Done and going to do and doing Right now!!! Thank u Jesus !!!!!
I trust you you, thank you jesus
Call me9092728719 cathey
May God continue to be a great part of your Life amen
I just love Kirk Franklin and the Nu Nation , always is refreshing to listen to . ����
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Today's Date: 1/15/2015
President Barack Obama!
Please Help Me!
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I need prayer for healing sickness family brothers mom kids n my man
tchappell28
Powerful singer... I always use his voice In mist of a storm
He will provide everything u need if u let him
There is no testimony without a storm THANK U JESUS!!!!
Love you Jesus have total confident in you always. Praise your name at all times!
Love u.all I can say is Thank u!!
See this!!!!!!
No,not one individual. Created theirself.
Neither can one person. Decide for
another.
Taken that this is true.
Join in agreement.
Edifie.
Don't.deny.
For a sake of opposing.
Then........ c a r r y out,and on successfully ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
God is so good,inspite of this illness in my body I am so thankful for the word of God, that says many are the afflications of the righteous,bu t the Lord shall deliver them from all.
God is so gracious to me he has saved my life so many times and I praise his name.
Love you Jesus
I had to cross the. Mason-Dixon line.
Experiencing the concern&care .
Right here on BESSEMER. SUPER
HIGHWAY,BRIG H T O N AL. TO KNOW
AN ALMIGHTY EVERLASTING LOVE
Thankfully for the things i do have today and tomorrow is a another day to find out the goodness of God and his mercy so I am truly thankful
wmassenat
Trouble don't last Always
sqkrystal07
Trust, believe, and have faith in God and he will do more than just take the pain away. What God blesses no man can curse.
stevene.hick s 2 1
Kirk you are funny
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God
Im in the Strom...
I know I can make it!!!
My life is in your hand.
catinhat.cd
You have me to stand with you in the storms, just trust me now when the wind blowing hard I WILL BE THERE....
let jesus enter in in let it stomp
I pray that the pain does go away -- i know it will
Thank God for bri days
My Life is in YOUR Hands.
The song makes me feel really good :)
Thank you Lord, your words stand sure. You are awesome.
Kirk is a godly artist who reaches souls that's for sure
Kirk Franklin is and has always been an awesome song writer, so talented. He needs how to minister to a nation at such a time as this.
I love this song... Kirk Franklin is an amazing gospel artist
I'm a boy
I did not here the song and I'm 8 years old but I love Mary mary
LOVE THIS SONG :)
Love this song it's so true he not going to put more than he know you can handle
universitygr a d 2 1
I love it!!! Outstanding, it speaks to my soul
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