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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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Cool
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sisters4evam o r e
You are so so good.
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Kirk Franklin is a very great artist and his songs are used by the Lord everywhere and everyday. God bless Kirk Franklin!
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OH-H-H HOLY GHOST.....KE E P UP....BY YOUR DOUBLE-EDGED
SWORD WATCH....ALL OF US!!!!!!
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ray080404
Amen your song tach my heart
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I like Kirk franklins songs
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oh I love kirk franklin I was blessed to see kirk in person in Oklahoma city oh my god his music is great
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I love you
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Kirk ur the man!!!!!!!!! Thank God for your anointed voice keep the great work up !!!!!!!!!!!
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Love you Kirk
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I love God and I am blessed because my favorite song is just gospel songs
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Thanks
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AGAIN LORD JESUS I SMILE BECAUSE OF YOU JESUS I SMILE CANT GIVE UP AMEN lowery247
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I want to take. Just a few minutes. Of your valuable time. To lend to you. Something. That i heard. A ....what you call. 'Thug-gangst e r ' . Told .
"They would ROB...., Even Anyone "getting-in- a - w a y ! . . . . . w e l l my answer.
WHAT THEN ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH. YOUR GAINS.....WH I C H WERE AN ALMIGHTY'S ...,TO BEGIN?
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Worship your faith base....& by doing so.......tro u b l e will be non-existent ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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I love you kirk
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Amen & Hallelujah ;)
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Yoga you
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If anyone thinks....ev e n acts. That i will worship. ANY DEITY. OTHER THAN HOSANA....th e y must of haf bumped their heads!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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It's always a lovely day when GOD seen his Angels down every Morning down to touch me and my family to wake us up to see a day warm,cold,ra i n and shine thank you LORD
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Love.this.so n g
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Heal me lord...
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Soo love this song!!!#
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Love this song!! Jesus I needed this song right now!! Thank you Jesus for being always by my side!!
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I love Kirk Franklin
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I won't complain
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Love this song So Much����
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Grateful for the blessings of music
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AMEN THIS MAN IS BLESSED EVERY TIME I HEAR HIM SING IT MAKES ME STAND UP ON MY FEET. AMEN JESUS
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Somehow..... . i t amazes the .....observa t i o n . . . . t h e way....&.... .manner. THAT AN ALMIGHTY. SHOWS. THAT . DEPTH.....no r . . . . . H E I G H T . . . . . W I D T H . . . . . . n o r . . . . . L E N G T H . . .
Can infiltrate.. . . y o u r soul.....con s e c r a t e d . . . . t h e n ......submit t e d . . . . . n o t to cry!!!!
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Praise Almighty Good Lord El sha dah!!! This Thankful,ter r i f i c , T u e s d a y . . , M a y your JUNE 2,2015 end in evening. As Jesus Christ of Nazerath is an OMEGA of wonderful Wednesday!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Mahalia Jackson
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Amen there is something about the name Jesus that I can't get enough of
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Yes lord yes lord.
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love
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Yes Jesus
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I love you Kirk
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I love smile,and I am��������❤️
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I love stomp ❤️
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Kirk Franklin I like stomp
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Lord hold me now
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Yes it's. TRUE!!!!!
I am on a mission in Montgomery Al. First;
Honour our Leaders.
Second: Become non.resistan t to parents,guar d i a n s , m e n t o r s . .
Third:Teach.
The correct bible studies,to students. Truely,and earnest.
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Listen to this song makes my heart race..Thank you jesus for Life,
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Imagine me!!!!! I love this song makes me look at my life you all are beautiful. ...
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Such an inspiration
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Are you looking for. The joy.....un-s p e a k a b l e ......JOY?
Look - no- further..... . T H E KING OF KINGS IS WITHIN!!!!!
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I'm in love with Jesus Kirk Franklin is a awesome gospel singer
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I absolutely love this song!!!!! Definitely makes you look back on your life and how Blessed we all are!!!! :)
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