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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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God is all we need too make our life perfect We all love you God that will never change
autumnelise6
Love this song I even mimed to this song and I'm 8 thank you rashord
Kirk...you are the best!
WITH GOD ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE I AM TRULY A CONQUEROR
Awesome....
Hits my heart every time
I love you God and love love love love God God God God god
Tye tibbett bless you
Good
I Love the song we will bless the Lord
You are good
Praise God for who He is, I tried so many things, but only You my God can ever heal me and satisfy me! Praise Him!
Oh Yes He Is Marvellous my Wonderful Couselor Prince of all my Peace the Great I Am Jesus Christ.
I really love this song to my heart. It reminds me of so much!! :( thank u JESUS :)
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Love ittt :)
I have been a Kirk Franklin fan for many years and this man is an incredible songwriter, who knows how to make a song that can last for generations and generations to come. Kirk's songs are classic records that I still love to listen to today because they are very uplifting songs.
This song remind....wh e n me & my gospel group sing this at church!!!
Smile.... I can remember when my daughter did a praise dance off this song ..she was only seven...smil e kirk your songs...have brought me threw some times when I thought on giving up on life..I love you brother in christ jesus. .stay bless..
Kirk, I loves as that song babe boy. Keep on making good music that inspires a person to walk a life for Christ Jesus.
ldbonner80
kirk is good
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Kirk Franklin is my best friend in the whole wide world!!!
This song ...my god..
It's some real singers !!! Love kirk
The storm is over! When you accept. What Kirk,and the family sings!
I'm In Love He's Able Just Keep Believing
This song is so awesome
I love this song from Kirk Franklin
Hallelujah! Salvation and Glory! Honor and power to The Lord our GOD. For, The Lord our God is MiGHTY. Yes, The Lord our GOD is omnipotent. The Lord our GOD, HE is Wonderful!
Amazing just amazing
The Holy Spirit just surounds me and fills my heart and soul thank you jesus
Yessss Lord The Precious Lamb Of God Love This Song Here Thank You Father For All The Thing's You Have Done For Me I Felt Down But I'm Listening To This Song And I Am Fine Angel's Bow Before You Lord Heaven & Earth Adore I Love The Lord So Much Amen !!!!!!!
Lov everybody please follow me
I get the holy spirit ever time I listen to his musoc
Carla Holmes
I LOVE IT....
chickaonfire
Oh snap!!! Getting my praise on!! You are awesomely anointed Mr. Kirk. May God bless you and your family... :) Wow, I'm feeling great, all because of your love Jesus!!
Just call On the Lord He will Always Abxswr
The Storm Is Over Now I Feel Like I Can Make It Cause The Lord Is On My side Amen Amen Amen
Thank u god keep me, for Bringing throught all my Strom and looking out god u are my very,thing god, a men
Hey I love Kirk franklin no matter how old I am and I am only 11
karina2loca
Dis song is touching. Glory b 2 God
tiffanydecou r s e y
I love the song, Revolution. Sing it again! :)
love his music
I love all of his songs
Love his music
Holy is the previous lamb of god;)
I love to hearing him all the time godbless
sophia.pete. 8 2
Kirk Franklin's music and testimonies have brought in the younger crowds since the 90's. I am one of those kids who didn't really enjoy gospel music until he came out. It made us want to dance while praising God with style. And sometimes we didn't realize what was being instilled in us! Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
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