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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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God is in me he's helping me
Thank God for you keep up t he good work God bless you and families
I like your song
dmensah2012
Jesus is all up in this song!!!
But GOD! Halelujah
Kirk Franklin your anointing shines through out your music.
I'm going thru a very hard time in my life and this song sure brought me a few minutes of peace,
Pastor Franklin..ke e p . t h e . w o r d s . c o m i n g . . . y o u r song up lift me aloft...God been good to me. Amen..
PRAISE BE TO GOD IN THE NAME OF JESUS! I am an inspiring rapper for the Lord Joseph Neals how can I get you to hear my music? I don't study scripture just to re_sight but to embed in my everyday life and walk with Christ down that narrow road and wear the robe of perfection the Lord is my protection seeking the kingdom to be my destination resist abomination cause the day of crucifixion taught me a lesson and gave me blessing, this is a verse from one of my song's that's title. THE LORD IS MY S
It's helpful about all your song ..
Love your music
Yessss The Storm Is Over Now Love This Song So Much Give God The Glory And Praise Yesss Thank You Father You Are So Worthy To Be Praised Thank You Lord
THAT LADY WHO IS SINGING THAT SONG WOW!!!!!!!! VERY ANNOINTED
Good. Love. Boyyyyyyyyyy y y y y y y y y y y y y y y
I love this song
I love all your music. So refreshing
I love it
Yes lord. Love this song
Bless you your songs make me get up
Thank you
ncebza8
I claim it Lord, yeeeeeeees, No He'll never.....pu t more on me cause Lord knows this is all I can bear!!
Thanks !!!
Blessings are coming!!!
I needed to hear to this song and also read your comments. Weeping at night but oh when morning comes What A Mighty God We Service.
Blessing are coming !!!!!!
I know that weeping my endure for a night, but joy will come in the morning. Thank you father God. I'm a witness! He made a way out of no way. All you need is faith the size as a mustard seed. Try Christ today!
klucas1280
Some bout that name sweet jesus ...
Thankful to know him on a personal level....
I just want to say I'm praying for everybody that's going through something. I know how it feels to be lost. I know how it feels to be hurt. I know how it feels to live in regret. Wishing you can change the things that can't be changed. Wishing you could control the things that are out of your control. Wanting to keep fighting but can't find the strength. Masking the pain with a smile. Around people but still alone. I've been there, and honestly still revisit those places at times. But now I kno
This song brighten my day
I luv this song and god is mines too amen....
This song help me when I was down and out...
We all have made mistakes and God forgives
skeet07mhs
Yes, God!!!!!
True song when you lose someone he blessed with 6 more I'm truly blessed
I love this song god is good to me
I love this song God is good all the time
OUR GOD IS A FAITHFUL GOD ��
This song was played at my uncle's funeral and that's all I can remember and this song always comes on when I need it too , so I know he's there when I'm going through it; I love it
RIP Uncle
pearliebryan t 7 2
Lord have our back no mater what just know he will never let us down never put burdans on use
Dear Lord it so hard to hear you sometime I pray to you but I don't know if you hear me. It amazing how great you are in my life I know you will never let me down and I listen for your name or Jesus . To let me know it will be ok.......... V i c t o r y is coming...... T h a n k you God.....for hear my prayers. ......!
I never forget to pray for my loved ones who are in pain- DEAR LORD- PLEASE BLESS MY SON, MATHEW and please 'raise him and let him know no strife in his life like this again'. He is my friend like no other, and I am proud to be his mother.
I'm been thought so much Jesus I put it all in ur hands
Storms of Life will blow but Jesus rocked me in the midst of the storm..THANK U Jesus the storm is over NOW..I declare it! I receive It! AMEN
Lord i need u right now. Need this storm to be over now. I'm tired of crying everyday. Tired of this heartache and pain. Lord i need u more than anything right now Lord.
NEVER! THANK YOU GOD! SOMETIMES IT GETS HEADY! I'LL TRUST YOU! HELP ME PLS
Thank you lord' for this day
Thanks father for all the glory and the praise that u had gave in my life and opening my eyes to see a other in my life father god thanks for everything u as done for me and my kids amen
yalanda.hous e 3
Yes Lord the storm is over and because you sent your only son to die for me I know I can make it now! Thank you Father God!
YES... GOD you are the ONLY ONE!!
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