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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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johnetta.ras b e r r y
The Storm Is Over Now
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Love
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With GOD all things are possible
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My Life Is In Your Hands
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There is always a way out when you have your trust hiding in God Our Father and Jesus Our Savior.
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More Than I Can Bear
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My LOVE is for a life. In the hands of a GOOD LORD of HOSTS....to be in 1 anothers ............ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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johnetta.ras b e r r y
So Good
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such an amazing person the first time I herd kirks music my hole life changed
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I love Kirk Franklin and I know what he's been through
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My maternal bio MOTHER,once told me. As an adult. She said. She did not attempt to sing,but if. She was "gifted to".
That she would. STAND UPON A MOUNTAIN-TOP doing so.
LATE MOTHER i can hear you from HEAVEN ABOVE!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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There you go again , CHOIR-MASTER FRANKLIN!... . . j u s t keep doing it......peop l e love your continued guidance & servitute!!! ! ! !
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My husband just pass I need to hear that I in his hand
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I love u
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God will do what he said he would do. No weapon against me will prosper! Thank Lord. Amen❤
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Here is hoping, that. You have a MORNING.-of- G O O D . . . . a n d please...... . . D R I N K PLENTY OF H2O......as well as you know!
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I don't know about YOU!!!!-.... b u t i will never forget- to-give..... . t o tireless efforts of theAMERICAN RED CROSS.....al l the way back. To &in Elementary Education Classes..... . w h e n we were encouraged to contribute.. . . . . . , j u s t 1 cent.....in return for a button that YOU CARED!!!!!!! ! ! ! P R A I S E GOODNESS!!!! !
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Such an amazing inspiration to everyone whom has a ear to hear his anointing. I was forever changed as a child after receiving my first CD of Kirks and to this day he's my go to spiritual pick me up.
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Made a great movement for young people.
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JESUS CHRIST of NAZARETH,HOL Y GHOST!!!.... . . i dedicate this to YOU!!!
Thank you! ...for holding me....in your realms of understandin g !
THANK YOU!!! serving ,.,you & .....only YOU.....A FATHER,A SON,A SPIRIT!!!!!
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What a Blessing to hear this everyday!
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Thank u for redeeming me my lord ✒️
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Thank u lord for having my life in ur hands. I love u Jesus ❤️ ... Thank you Kirk for all that you do, may God continue to bless you, and ur family��
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Even as a teen, his anointing showed as a small church choir director. His genuine creative and rhythmatic (sp) musical spectrum of talent is a gift that I knew would take him to heights he probably never even imagined existed. God blessings are meant to be shared. We love you Kirk
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I just want to say I have been to at least 300 concert in my life time if not more I stopped counting a long time ago, but one night I went to a Kirk Franklin concert in Houston Texas and I have to say It was the best concert I have ever experienced in this life time. I cant wait to see the Big one in Heaven.
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Aqmadison I'm happy it restored your spirit be blessed.
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I remember my dad playing this. Love this song!
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I know that I can make, thank you God...
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Giving God Thanks is such a blessing ( Faith is all u need) that's how powerful his love is......
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Thank you Lord
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I got faith����
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Thank you jesus..oh yes god
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God is good all the time thank you jesus
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I love you god hallelujah ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡
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I love You God ������
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Just because. We are Christians.. . . . . D o e s n ' t mean.Enjoy suffering,or pain!
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Have a terrific tuesday!@ School,while on your work job........e v e n as relating to.Tose which have. Common goals,inspir a t i o n , a n d perserveranc e .
To live according to well-being.
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Kirk u Have wings of a giant!!! On my moments when all else 2 my thinking has failed ..the DEVIL HAS A GRIP ON ME....n SUICIDE WAS MY WAY...But when i listen 2 ....I Just got 2 be happy song....it gives me since of purpose 2 move out the driver seat... I think u for all the songs u create thas kepts me getting Z BELIEVE THAT IT ONE DAY AT A TIME. ...
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Kurt Franklin you are a amazing person and God loving I just want to know that God is with you no matter what
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stomp by kirk franklin
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As approaching a 'Mid-night hour'.....do remember in prayer.
Those who are faithful to be on the morrow...... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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I love this song was sung at my uncle's funeral I just loved it and every time so listen to it, it brings me to tears.
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No matter what we go through, The Lord can handle all stroms, The battles is the the Lord
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jakea84
The struggle is real but tha storm is ova now! I made it! 2 God B Tha Glory!
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Thank you Father God. God is GOOD !!!!
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I know.
I am not going to.
Die,a physical death.
In struggle.Bec a u s e .
i have already. Been .
Mistreated &abused.
Systematicly ...in a past.
And i am not retaliatory, o r
grudge-heart e d . . . s t i l l i look
To my eternal mercies & MANSION
with many rooms and dimensions!!
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Thank you God!
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The love of Jesus is all u need! !!!
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Love rhythm to he songs it would bring. alot of young from babes to our older babes
Hallelujah thank you Jesus
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GLORY TO GOD!
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