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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 semi-finals 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. The album took the gospel charts by storm, landing in the top spot and remained there for several weeks.

Franklin spent the next two-and-a-half years touring. He formed his own label, Fo Yo Soul, and commenced recording his debut for it. In September of 2015 he announced the release of the controversially titled, Losing My Religion. The pre-release single, "Wanna Be Happy," appeared in October and ran right up the charts. It was followed in November by the full-length. ~ Sandra Brennan
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Losing My Religion

1. Losing My Religion

2. Miracles

3. 123 Victory

4. Road Trip

5. Pray For Me

6. Wanna Be Happy?

7. It's Time (Feat. Tasha Page-Lockhart & Zacardi Cortez)

8. True Story

9. Over

10. When (Feat. Kim Burrell & Lalah Hathaway)

11. My World Needs You (Feat. Sarah Reeves, Tasha Cobbs & Tamela Mann)

12. Intercession

13. No Sleep Tonight

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Track List: Setlist: The Very Best Of Kirk Franklin Live (Live)

1. Hosanna

2. Brighter Day

3. My Life, My Love, My All

4. Silver & Gold

5. Why We Sing

6. Conquerors

7. Melodies From Heaven

8. Let Me Touch You

9. When I Get There (With Kirk Franklin Interlude)

10. Now Behold The Lamb

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Track List: Hello Fear

1. Hello Fear

2. Interlude

3. Before I Die

4. I Am

5. But The Blood

6. Everyone Hurts

7. I Smile

8. Give Me

9. Never Alone Interlude

10. The Altar

11. Something About The Name Jesus Pt. 2

12. Today

13. The Moment #1

14. The Moment #2

15. A God Like You

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Track List: The Fight Of My Life

1. Declaration (This Is It!)

2. Little Boy (Featuring Rance Allen)

3. Help Me Believe

4. Hide Me

5. How It Used To Be

6. He Will Supply

7. Jesus

8. I Am God (Featuring Toby Mac)

9. It Would Take All Day

10. A Whole Nation

11. Still In Love

12. I Like Me (Featuring Da' T.R.U.T.H.)

13. Chains

14. Still (In Control)

15. The Last Jesus

16. The Fight Of My Life_track_16

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Track List: Kirk Franklin Presents: Songs For The Storm Volume 1

1. Intro

3. Let Me Touch You

4. When I Get There

5. Conquerors

7. Blessing In The Storm

8. The Storm Is Over Now

9. You Are

10. The Family Worship Medley

11. Melodies From Heaven

12. Look At Me Now

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Track List: Hero

1. Intro

2. Looking For You

3. Hero

4. Interlude

5. Let It Go

6. The Process

7. Imagine Me

8. Could've Been (Feat. J Moss & Tye Tribbett)

9. Better

10. Afterwhile (Feat. Yolanda Adams)

11. Brokenhearted (Feat. Marvin L. Winans)

12. Without You

13. Keep Your Head

14. Why (Feat. Stevie Wonder)

15. First Love

16. The Appeal

17. Brokenhearted (Reprise)

18. Interlude

19. Sunshine

20. Outro

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Track List: The Nu Nation Project

1. Interlude: The Verdict

2. Revolution

3. Lean On Me

4. Something About The Name Jesus

5. Riverside

6. He Loves Me

7. Gonna Be A Lovely Day

8. Praise Joint (Remix)

9. Hold Me Now

10. You Are

11. Interlude: The Car (Stomp)

12. If You've Been Delivered

13. Smile Again

14. Love (Remix)

15. My Desire

16. Blessing In The Storm

17. I Can

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Track List: Are You Listening (Radio Single)

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Track List: I Smile (Radio Single)

1. I Smile

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Track List: Wanna Be Happy? (Single)

1. Wanna Be Happy?

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