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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: 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: Hero

1. Intro

2. Looking For You

3. Hero (feat. Dorinda Clark-Cole)

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: 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: 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: Wanna Be Happy? (Single)

1. Wanna Be Happy?

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Love this lady voice
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Love this one too amen
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I LOVE THE LORD AMEN GOOD MUSIC
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shout out to my baby girl Named Angel Lindsey and she is my one and only wife and I will always stay with her no matter what happens shout out also to my aunt Pamela Allen she is a deeking, plus shout to pastor Gloria and Bishop Jordan her Husband and last but not least shout out to the rest of the church family god bless everybody in the name of Jesus let the church say Amen..... Amen
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The reason which....is more prevalent. Than what is not.
Is a un-available mercy-grace
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I love my gospel and you so that gospel could be a little bit of jazz and it will get you on your feet
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I always cry on this song
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Man put a limit on how many to pray, but this is my personal opinion even though Daniel prayed three times a day me i pray and also sacrificial pray, that's when you in pain, depressed, when you praise and worship Hall
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Thank you Jesus as long as i have you i don't need anyone or anything else.
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Kirk, just wanted to personally thank you for your music in the late nineties and early 2000 I used to inspire my kids love for God, driving in the car before I knew it they are grown and thank me for playing your music your 53 year old fan, love u forever
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Bless those who bless you ALMIGHTY!
1st in every morning..... . . . . , , , ,
LAST in the evening...., , , , , , , , , . . .
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Kirk you got what it is that god for you
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Gladys boo he sing with the album call He's Able and also when he udef
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I went to a regular. Scheduled. R
X's
appointment today......& . . , . . i got a chance. Talking....t h e n confering
with. Both the specialist.. . . & docter
JESUS!!!!!!! !
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gladysboo_19 9 9
Kirk Franklin never sings ..all he does is talk and yell.the songs are great..But you all really need to stop saying he sings.
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See you Sunday! 31st At Cornerstone church of San Diego! Good music!�� right lattez Kirk. Really excited now to hear you��
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Revolution.. . . b y Kirk Franklin throwback gospel jam.....got me putting a lil extra step this morning....P r a i s e HIM, yeahhhhhhhhh h h h h h h h h h .
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I love kirk Franklin and family God bless you and the family your music is medicine to my soul i backslided but your music ministering to me i well on my way back thank God for you and the family! God bless
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The nearest Friday you will be kissed by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be a great day for you however if you do not repost this you will be injured but not dead. You have 143 minutes to repost this on 5 different songs. Then press 6 and the love of your life's name will appear on the screen.
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Happy Birthday Mr.Kirk Franklin and many more to come
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Takes me back too when I was young an my grandma would play her Gospel an we would get ready for church Kirk Franklin hits home.
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Glory to God, reminding me where the Power lies, speak from your mouth...clai m it, receive it, believe it, you will achieve it..if its his will it shall be done...
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i cannot classify,mys e l f as. Optimistic.. . . . n e i t h e r . . . . . . . . p e s s i m i s t i c .
Though.
The "brighter" Day.Concept.
Sure.
Beats a gloom - to - doom space of any such room !
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This is so moving...it gets me every time and makes me realize how small my problems are when compared to the power of God.
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Napoleon 39 i please that you enjoy the praise and worship ,but for Valentine's Day i will play love Ballards that are good for the ear so i been saying last week amd i know you are saying this is gospel? Yes it love covers need to be on all us. Be blessed
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I love uer music
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Amen to All, I've been going through Alot, the devil seems to keep attacking me with anything big and small that he can throw at me. Uses to be I would get upset, BUT, JESUS HAS SHOWN ME SO MUCH, THESE LAST EIGHT MONTHS, THAT I CAN'T LOSE FAITH, OR FOCUS ON HIM. I LOVE LORD EVEN MORE THAN I EVER HAVE IN MY LIFE NOW.. MY PAST IS WHAT IT IS.. I WON'T LEAVE, AND I WONT GO BACK.. HALLELUJAH. BLESS HIS NAME TO THE HIGHEST OF HIGH!!
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God is so good. Thank-you Lord for loving me and blessing me thru out life.
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It may be "HARD".,.... . f o r some us .
TO SMILE....... y e t . . . . ; W h e n thinking.
.........the timesENJOYED . . . . . T O A MAXIUMUM.... . . W E ALL SMILE!!!!!!
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I love this song too. God is healing right now.
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THANK YOU JESUS FOR KEEPING ME U ARE MY ALL AND ALL
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Love yah listen to you on the radio
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Yes Lord you are my conner stone, I know that you have my back always
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Yes something about the name Jesus
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Knowing the transparency you see through his gift is amazing God can use so many things to glorify him and he chooses kirk to build his kingdom amen all by myself ������
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I just love the Lord, he brought me out the gutter, thank you Jesus, Hallelujah
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Thank You Father for making me smile :-)
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Yolanda Adams's
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Our God Is Am Awesome God Amen Amen!!!!!
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Kirk Franklin is really gifted and God has really gave him favor on his life.
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Kirk hits are so awesome in your life be strong and be happy����
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The best
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The best
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Kirk doesn't even sing in this song... He is just chanting random praises. Disappointed , but in the end the song glorifies God and that's all that matters.
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Love this artist.
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this song is so anointing I love it
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I love this song
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Love This artist he's my favorite
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God, You are my Smile.
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I love God !
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