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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 so worthy
No matter what you are going through my life is in your hands
I know that i can make it I know that I can stand
Beautiful
I Love this song. It just uplifted my spirit.
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It take my pain away
This song touch my heart. I needed to listen too it.
I love your music
My God can work it out
love this song it touched my soul.....tha n k youGod for letting him write this song.......f a c e p r e t t y c d d 2 0 1 4 5 0 @ g a m i l . c o m
Thank you God, for showing me the way. It's over now, yes I can make it.
Thank you God for protecting my mind lord I fskw and it ain't good but God u hear me but God! Step in!
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Thank you Jesus
amcclurkins
Amen, thank you GOD, I truly Blessed
I am waiting on you Lord.
Thank you Jesus!!!
plevy777
It's over now in JESUS'S NAME! AMEN!
Hallelujah.. . G o d will take the pain away ; if u just humble yourself unto thee and surrender every tear drop will turn in to joy..he said in his word if my people will humble themselves unto me and turn from their wicked ways then will I heal their land...halle l u j a h . . . t h a n k u jesus...it was done when he died on calvary. Glory!!!!!!
What a awesome god
I am Honored to say I Got. To Know You! !! He answers Prayers
Thank You Jesus
amanihair
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shirleyne_m
What an awesome God we serve!!!!!!!
jesus has been soooooo good to meee!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
Thank you Jesus you are worthy to be a PRAISEd!!!!
i love you kirk
What is a WIN,without VICTORY????
What is progress,wit h o u t great_full??
What is life,without knowing mystery?
thats my song
the lyrics
This song is inspiring
I love your song
My life is in your hands.
Yes, my life is in your hands. I know that I will make it now. AMEN!
Simply beautiful
May GOD BLESS YOU. .....
This song always lifts me up when I'm down☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆
Everytime i hear this song it brings me to tears !!!!
Me && My Has A Praise Dance Too This. I Love It Its My Favorite Dance ����
Lord I know I can make it now, Becuz You loved me just that much to see about me.Thanks for my life ������
arethalcurri n
Take all the desires away that's not of u God bcause i want to make it.
Praise the Lord
lord please.take away my pain
I love this song n I really need god to take this pain away. I receive it
Thank you Jesus....tha t ' s why "I Smile".....
I love god
mmarrsha
God please take this pain away
cclemons1000 . c c
Praise God for He Is Worthy Of It.
God is to be glorified
As I get tears in my eyes from these strong yet powerful lyrics, I say Lord Thank you because. I still want to throw the towel in but I know God has something so bountiful for me , I know
My storm shall pass because God will provide.
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