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Kirk Franklin

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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I love Mr. Kirk Franklin, he is unique in his style and his talent is truly a gift from God- he inspires me every time I hear him.
Always a Blessing in Jesus ! Just hold on and most of all Believe..
He's a real blessing to the young generation. He's bringing in the flock through his music. God has really blessed his life. He has a serious annointing on his life. Which is very fortunate for the younger generation.
musicdiva197 9
PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!!! ! ! ! T H I S IS MY SONG I LOVE THE NAME JESUS. THANK YOU GOD.
Praise God! BEHOLD THE LAND OF GOD IS RIGHT THANK GOD FOR IT!!!
God is sooooo good!!!
GP are you with me.. all day
HALLELUJAH.. . . . P R A I S E GOD,AMEN! :-) :-) I bless you JESUS!:-)
THANK YOU HOLY GHOST......
Amen
Be strong my sister ������ #He's Able
Awesome song love it!!
Kirk Franklin is a blessing Thank You God is good
That's my grandson song he loves herein it.......... . . P r a i s e God and his son Jesus. ....I like to thank Mr. Kirk Franklin ...for that song. ......
I got this i love it. I love you jesus christ
Yes. Love this.
Love "A god like you" and your other songs
:-)
Awesome!
I am so happy yes.I am it's so amazing that the lord is with us. .........
thank you kirk for that The Reason Why i sing God is ah honor to my life and i am glad i accept him in it even with my 2yr old he's stored all over my body an house i someime get outta line but God always come an grab me
You emspire me to listen to this song I love you lord yes
This song just makes me move...... Thank you lord for all that you have done.....you r the reason why i sing.....
I just want to say thank you if it wasnt for christ and your melodies where would i be??
mikec0550
I love your songs
Thank you for this day our Lord !
so true...
Listen to God music changes ease all hurt and pain I live for the Lord.
anitappicket t 7 6
Listening to Gospel Music while you work is truly a Blessing !!!!!! Love It!! Amen
I love the name Jesus all the time
God is good all time
Give me that God!!! Give me that joy I can't explain!!!
God is So good . I love you on Sunday Best . Excellent song you made and great CDS .
Mr.Franklin keep on working for everyone.��
No value in Silver and Gold without Jesus in your life..
you da man!!
thanks for the wonderful songs
I Love the name Jesus, It's the sweetest name I know..
I love this song
I love you
As the SUN rises today.
Upon a Eastern horizon.
Bless the Soul that created.
Everyone that exists.
Within its realm.
sarah30israe l
ATTN: Blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans! YOU ARE THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL! GODS CHOSEN PEOPLE!
Deu 28:68 And the LORD shall bring thee into Egypt again WITH SHIPS, by the way whereof I spake unto thee, Thou shalt see it no more again: and there ye SHALL BE SOLD unto YOUR ENEMIES for BONDMEN and BONDWOMEN, and no man shall buy you.
Visit www.israelun i t e . o r g to learn more and sign up for free classes given 3 times a day 7days a week!
ladye5808
Lady e 5808@gmail Glory be unto GOD !!!
Our God is an awesome God he reigns!!! ; ) : P
Hey hey !!!!!!!!
Yes lord I always had you to lean on I thank u over over
I love him my god is always there thick through thin
tremainebour g e o i s
Precious lamb of God!
Yesss
Now Behold The Lamb!!! ; ) : P
John 14:2-3
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