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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
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I'm in tears I love this song.. And I thank you lord for loving me so much��
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Marvelous wonderful &all of that!!
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The REVOLUTION of GOD yes
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Holy day......hol i day......wee k e n d . . . . . . i s upon us. May you trust . in ....its. WORTH,COMMEM O R A T I O N , B E N E I F I T S , U N I T Y - O F - B U D G E T , & COURSE OF REALIVTIVIES .
When someone hesitates to respect.
Show yours.
When mis-understo o d .
Clear your confusion silently.
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I heard a "Gamer".
Once.
Said. That Kirk Franklin was included.
In the gotcha -duped.
When it came to . Getting -over on!
Well,
TRY GETTING. OVER. ON. STEALING
GOD ALMIGHTY'S. RESOURCES. WITHOUT GIVING A EXALTED CREDIT OF "PROPS"..... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Hi KIRK....WOW WORDS CANT EXPRESS HOW MANY YEARS I HAVE LONG TO BE IN YOUR PRESENCE.... B U T I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU N THE REST OF THE FAMILY FOR SHARING THE GOSPEL MUSIC THAT YOU ALL SINGS.....GO D IS GOOD....ALL THE TIME.....I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT I AM ONE OF YOUR GREATEST FANS....ONE DAY BEFORE LIFE IS OVER I PRAY I GET TO MEET YOU...YOUR MUSIC CHANGE MANY OF LIVES AND SAYING THAT I THANK GOD FOR YOU!!!!!GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.....L O V E YOU...WITH A GODLY LOVE
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Kirk Franklin is an awesome gospel singer! His songs are all so touching it makes me feel like everytime i hear his songs im gettig closer to God. He was made for singing gospel. Thank you Kirk Franklin. And for anyone that dont know Christ, accept him to be your lord and savior today and ur life will be good.
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When you have a re-birth. As i have had.
The glory of everyday & night. Seems so-o
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Love all Kirk franklin
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I love kirk ....he is Anointed and Appointed!!!
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I LUV KIRK FRANKLIN his songs is the best praise GOD
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Thank you Lord for the BLESSING I had this weekend the storm has been so overwhelming but Lord I smiled so much this weekend and haven't done that in a long time thank you JESUS
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I enjoy listening to the new way Gospel of God ,he set my life back track He's my everything know
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I want the bounce Kirk! ��
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This song just made my night alot better at work .thank you lord for everything
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You always been able, thank you Jesus please father don't give up on me
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-I love this song
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Already brighter you happier
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I be glad when the clouds clear up and the storm is over. I won't have a note sickness in my body the storm is over now. I won't have to cry at night the storm is over now!!
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What is your phone number
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Love this song
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Be your own advocate fight battle when there nobody but and Lord,chasing negative out and the holy words in positive doors will open up and clear air all bad energy out cleansing all.
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Call him Jesus carry you when all other walk away,he there when tears fall ,wash tears away.
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♥♡♥ ~ Kirk Franklin ~ ♡♥♡
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Love this song AMEN
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Hosanna forever we worship you!!!!! Thank you Jesus for being our advocate!! ��
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Thank God for every thing.Rest n peace my Daddy.The Rev.L.Brooks Jr.I love and miss u.But I know u are with our Heavenly Father with no more sickness.Eve r y day is Sunday.
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LET IT GO, and He Will Take The Pain Away...yes HE will!
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The young man is full of the Holy Spirit
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Thank you Jesus!
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Did know you was a singer ,a lot things I don't know about you learned how much you love God until later you surprise me with that.
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Yesssssss! Just what I needed to hear.
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I believe!!!
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I really love this song
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AMEN
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I believe and love this song!!
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Hi Kirk it seem like my storm is still HERE my name is Jamie Howard PRAY for me and my family we r BEYOND homeless with no help due to my sickness of my seizure. Pray pray pray thank you
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Amen����
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Amen Kirk Franklin
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I smile was my first favorite song
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I love your music and god will with more good things i love no weapon
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AMEN
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Thank u Thank u Thank u LORD for all u have done for me AMEN
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It once was me, thank you lord
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God has blessed you a lot. I love your music and god bless you
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This song just gives me so
Much peace and just reminds me of his grace because he will calm the storm time and time again
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I love kirk franklen
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love the Lord with all my heart guys the time is closing in they already announced FEMA camps all in our states this is the time they are trying to wipe out christians but God will come back. he will overcome this world

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