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"A generation of believers that are tired of
keeping silent. Refusing to stand behind walls of religion, to seek
after the truth that is only found in the mind of God and not the
opinions of man. Regardless of color, age, denomination or your
past, if you believe that Jesus is the Son of God and if that truth
makes you want to shout, worship, clap, dance, or stomp, then welcome
to the Nu Nation!" - Kirk Franklin
Kirk Franklin is a young minister who had forever changed Christian
Music through his combination of contemporary hip-hop and traditional
gospel music. Kirk was born and raised in Ft. Worth, Texas, where
he was abandoned at the age of three by his parents and raised
by a devout 64-year-old aunt, who always made sure he was in church
Kirk began playing the piano at age 4, and was offered
a recording contract when he was only 7! However, his aunt declined,
thinking he was too young. At age 11, he was appointed music minister
of his church. Finally, at age 19, Kirk did his first home recording.
In 1992, he formed The Family, picking 17 singers. Kirk Franklin
and the Family shot to the top of the Billboard Gospel charts.
All of his CDs since then have done even better.
Kirk Franklin's groundbreaking style and sound has led a revolution
among Gospel artists, with "Lean On Me" garnering a GRAMMY nomination
for "Song of the Year," an unprecedented honor for a Gospel artist.
He is currently selling out venues across the country with his
Hopeville Tour, where he shares the stage with fellow Gospel music
luminaries Donnie McClurkin and Yolanda Adams.
Franklin's latest CD release, The
Rebirth of Kirk Franklin, has garnered five 2003 Stellar Award
nominations and peaked at #1 on Billboard's Hot R&B / Hip-Hop
Albums chart. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA three weeks
after its release and is currently the #1 Gospel album on Billboard's
Top 100 Gospel Albums chart. The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin Live
video, which recently hit retail stores, is currently in the Top
10 on Billboardıs Top Music Video chart.
CCM Magazine Associate Editor Lizza Connor has named
Franklin the Best Artist of 2002.
Kirk Franklin has also been nominated for three
NAACP Image Awards in the categories of Outstanding Gospel Artist,
Outstanding Song ("Brighter Day") and Outstanding Album (The Rebirth
of Kirk Franklin). The 34th NAACP Image Awards will take place
on March 8, 2003.
Franklin has recently been featured by major media
outlets including Dateline NBC, People Magazine and BET's Journeys
in Black, which explored his career and how his ministry has impacted
the African American culture.
Kirk Franklin joined legendary evangelist Reverend
Billy Graham in Inside Out, a half-hour television special for
teens, on Friday, December 27. The program, which will also feature
recording artists Jars of Clay and dcTalk, will air on the WB
Multi-Grammy and Dove award-winning Gospo Centric
Records recording artist and Lilly Mack Music songwriter Kirk
Franklin was named the 2003 BMI Christian Songwriter of the Year
in a three-way tie with Steven Curtis Chapman and The Crabb Family's
Gerald Crabb. Franklin also received honors for his songs, "He
Reigns" and "Hosanna" from his 2002 release, The Rebirth of Kirk
Franklin. Both songs were among BMI's "Most Performed" songs of
ABOUT HIS KIRK FRANKLIN'S NEW ALBUM
Kirk Franklin (center) has just finished the first leg of his
well-received, highly praised Hopeville Tour, with Gospel artists
Yolanda Adams and Donnie McClurkin.
5:7 were his special guests as well.
Kirk Franklin Review