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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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Albums by
Kirk Franklin

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    14 songs

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    Losing My Religion

    1 song

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    123 Victory (Remix)

    13 songs

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    Losing My Religion

    15 songs

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    Hello Fear

    16 songs

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    The Fight of My Life

    20 songs

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    Hero

    17 songs

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    The Nu Nation Project

    1 song

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    Road Trip

    1 song

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    123 Victory

    1 song

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    Wanna Be Happy?

    1 song

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    I Smile

    1 song

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    Are You Listening

    1 song

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    Looking for You

    28 songs

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    The Essential Kirk Franklin

    12 songs

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    Songs for the Storm, Vol. 1

    6 songs

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    A Season of Remixes

    23 songs

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    The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin

    10 songs

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    Setlist: The Very Best of Kirk Franklin Live

    11 songs

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    Christmas

    24 songs

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    Hero [Japan]

    11 songs

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    Whatcha Lookin' 4 [Video/DVD]

    13 songs

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    God's Property

    1 song

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    September [Itunes Exclusive]

    16 songs

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    The Nu Nation Tour


Top Songs by
Kirk Franklin

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  2.   Looking for You
  3.   I Smile
  4.   Could've Been featuring J. Moss
  5.   Imagine Me
  6.   Brighter Day
  7.   Why We Sing by Kirk Franklin & the Family
  8.   A God Like You
  9.   He Reigns by Papa San
  10.   Jesus
  11.   Hold Me Now
  12.   He Loves Me
  13.   My Desire
  14.   Thank You for Your Child by Kirk Franklin & the Family
  15.   Wanna Be Happy?
  16.   123 Victory
  17.   Something About the Name Jesus, Pt. 2
  18.   Lean on Me
  19.   Something About the Name Jesus
  20.   Before I Die
  21.   I Like Me
  22.   Revolution
  23.   911 by T.D. Jakes
  24.   Declaration (This Is It!)
  25.   Hide Me
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Kirk Franklin

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    Gospel

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    A Very Soulful Christmas

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    Adult R&B


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