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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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sthompkins51 5 9
Going through a storm? Start listening to this Praise music the sun will begin to shine regardless of when you listen to it. You'll remember "The joy of the Lord is your strength" be encouraged!
He is a good god
Praise the lord
I love y'all music:)
Lord my god how excellent is thy name I praise u lord god almighty: Than ya!
I love you all
Your music has inspired me and it has inspired my children and I have change my life around because of your family I am doing well I am a walking miracle due to an accident and after two surgeries I'm now walking moving around as if nothing has ever happened after being quadriplegic f o r six months they said I would never walk again but I listen to the words that were coming out of your mouth and I knew that it will be done a miracle is happened to me and now I see my life so differently I take no
The holidays.Wou l d be a much better
Occasion.
The masses can attempt.
To understand.
LOVE MEANS DIFFERANT THINGS.
TO DIFFERANT INDIVIDUALS AT
VARIOUS. TIMES.
GOD IS A GOOD GOD
I LOVE KIRK FRANKLIN'S MUSIC
Yes indeed
LORD you are the only one who takes all of my pain AWAY THANK YOU my heavenly FATHER BECAUSE I BELIEVE. THANK YOU
I've written.
Have,and continue.
To write.
Many have even.
Continue to print,scribe , a n d broadcast. My whole name.
Yet,
Nothing is better.
Than.
Having your idenified name.
WRITTEN. IS THE LAMBS'BOOK
OF LIFE!!!!!!
Please.
Pray for all my X('s).
That.
Don't live in TEXAS!
Music for my soul.. Hallelujah!! ! !
Thank you. GOD the storm Is over! Please continue to bless my path as I live in your way!!!
Amen.......
Thank you a bunch my redeemer...
Lord i love you with all my heart please watch over me jesus i leave you with everything god everything you name i left it with you god.
All of them I love it help me go thought things and I put on kirk Franklin and calm me down and it's let's me know GOD is always their Amen
Thank u father
I love you Jesus forever and ever!!!!
Give Him The Glory I Relate To This Song So Much And I'm Gonna Make It No Family Around And No Friends But I Know I Have A Friend In Jesus Amen
Don't want you break something bonded try harder and i go back too friendzone,y o u move too change your life too make it better, make it better. ........you' l l find a way heal your home.
Smile
STOMP!!!
Smlle
NEVER DO I WALK ALONE.
MY HEAD IS PROPORTIONED .
TO WHAT MAYBE AHEAD OF ME.
God is good all time is God good
Please do not talk
To me about how .
People are suppose.
To act .
With who they are acquainted with.
DECIDE FOR YOURSELF ANTHOPOLY.
I know no matter may come my way Thank u Jesus Kirk bring it raw and realAmen
We must find peace i still love you that why i doing you deserve to be happy and want that for you.I'm the worst person cause be there for you.
God is good��
Without you God idk where I'd be Thank You
God I love u so much, so humbled by his grace and mercy
God is Awesome.... I'm so thankful
I need you lord...& Thank You lord for using Kirk Franklin to deliver your love through his music..amen
I thank My Father for his grace and mercy every morning he wakes me and my family every morning and blesses us with the life he has chosen for us.
I need you Jesus.
tifflael1
no matter what may come my way my life is in your hands
tifflael1
thanking him for grace and honor keeping him in my heart all of my days
I ask you all to pray for my healing in Jesus name amen
God is good,this song is a blessing
God continue to bless you and your family, love your music
To God be the glory and me blesse in my life
THANK YOU JESUS OH I LOVE HIM I LOVE HIM I LOVE Him ��❤️��
Yes
victoriafran k l i n 6 9
Thank you Jesus. You are my everything.
The storm is over now I feel I can make it my cloudy days gone away
Amen. God is so good I know with him I can do more than just make it. May make mistakes sometimes or mess up but he still there. All I can say is Thank U Jesus!!!!!
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