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Kirk Franklin (born January 26, 1970 in Riverside, Texas) is a platinum-selling musician who blended gospel, hip hop, and R&B in the 1990s. He released his first gospel album, Kirk Franklin & Family, in 1993, and is known as the leader of contemporary gospel choirs such as Kirk Franklin & the Family, Kirk Franklin’s Nu Nation, and God’s Property.

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, he was raised by his aunt, Gertrude Franklin. He developed a talent for music early, playing the piano at age four and becoming music director of his church at age eleven. After getting kicked out of school in his teenaged years, having a girlfriend become pregnant, and after a friend was shot to death he returned to the church. After leading the DFW Mass Choir at the 1990 Gospel Music Workshop of America Convention, he organized “The Family”, a seventeen-voice choir, in 1992 and began his recording career.

He has integrated hip hop styles with gospel themes in albums such as The Nu Nation Project and God’s Property, which achieved success on the Billboard Pop Album, R&B and gospel charts.
Franklin has collaborated with the biggest names in gospel music, including Tonex, Donnie McClurkin, Richard Smallwood, Crystal Lewis, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Jaci Valesquez, and Willie Neal Johnson. He also has displayed a willingness to collaborate with artists in the secular realm, including Bono, Mary J. Blige, Crystal Lewis, and R Kelly in the hit single, “Lean on Me.”

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  • kilam1200

    Love his solo work and his work with his artists! I just finished listening too his newest artist Tasha Lockhart! Great songwriting and message. Need more collaborations!

    16 Aug 10:01pm Reply
  • Miravel7611

    There's no God like Jehovah

    28 Mar 10:08am Reply
  • LOVES-DESIRE

    Kirk, thanks for what you started in Gospel Music, praise God .... You created and started the form of Gospel that you and your groups sing and .... This style opened up Gospel and Praise in Song to be expressed in all genre's of Gospel Music ..... Music speaks to the Soul and my Brother in Christ you stepped out and ..... Now Gospel or Praise Music is in almost every genre of Music .... Love you Kirk and your Music and so many others ....

    23 Feb 1:40pm Reply
  • louisaime

    today - kirk franklin ♥

    24 Dec 2013 Reply
  • rboyd4

    Kirk is my home boy. Right up out of Ft. Worth Tx. I Smile joy is forever. thank you Lord.

    21 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Keila_M

    I do love him & his music!!! Kirk, you're AMAZING ♥

    19 May 2013 Reply
  • Ify1234

    how to actually listen to the music

    3 May 2013 Reply
  • julio_alves_18

    I just love this song and I made a video subtitled in Portuguese, so Brazilians like me or other people who speak Portuguese can undestand: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAHtcWlHBX8

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
  • ronnymash

    Love kirk franklin He is creative&anointed mmm!

    14 Jan 2013 Reply
  • GodLovesMe3

    i smile beacuse god is working his power on us

    8 Oct 2012 Reply
  • lawrencecasseus

    Kirk Franklin is such an amazing artist! it is so exciting how he can talk so very well about Deon Kipping. Check out the video message here-----------> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3XFOEHVsM0&feature=related

    18 Sep 2012 Reply
  • roma2573

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SW1-IdKHMb8 Amen. please spread the song l pray this song would help many more people draw nearer to God

    20 Aug 2012 Reply
  • olusholaajala1

    This is great, com on folks let get on here

    8 Aug 2012 Reply
  • TheBrandyBoy

    I Smile ♥

    27 Jul 2012 Reply
  • AnthoDS

    Hello Fear is so good! [2] ... Give me ♥

    24 Jul 2012 Reply
  • puremusic4ever

    Various Artists - Celebrating America 01. Kirk Franklin - Intro (America The Beautiful) 02. Whitney Houston - The Star-Spangled Banner 03. Bebe Winans - Star-Spangled Banner 04. Sandi Patty - The Star-Spangled Banner 05. Bebe Winans - America America 06. Whitney Houston - America The Beautiful 07. Bebe Winans - America (My Country 'Tis Of Thee) 08. Sandi Patty - America The Beautiful 09. Bebe Winans - We're The United States Of America 10. Yolanda Adams - The Things We Do 11. Bebe Winans - Lift Every Voice And Sing 12. The Clark Sisters - Pray For The U.S.A. 13. Bebe Winans - The Battle Hymn Of The Republic 14. Yolanda Adams - Still I Rise 15. Bebe Winans - God Bless America 16. Babbie Mason - Black And Blue 17. Bebe Winans - You're A Grand Old Flag 18. Minnie Riperton - The Edge Of A Dream 19. Bebe Winans - America The Beautiful 20. Deniece Williams - Black Butterfly 21. Bebe Winans - Ultimate Sacrifice 22. Mahalia Jackson - If I Can Help Somebody

    3 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Ilove2praiseGod

    I love Kirk Franklin. His music is very inspirational.

    20 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Shizzlah-Carter

    Can you Imagine Me...*

    29 May 2012 Reply
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  • blustarent

    GOD's Poperty & Rebirth Of Kirk Franklin are my most fave <3

    18 May 2012 Reply
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