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Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Matt 28:19-20 (KJV)

 


 

Kirk Franklin

Kirk Dwayne Franklin (born January 26, 1970) in Fort Worth, Texas) is an American Gospel music singer and author and is most notably known as the leader of urban contemporary gospel choirs such as the Family, God's Property and 1NC (One Nation Crew).

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Franklin was raised by his great aunt Gertrude, having been abandoned as a baby by his mother. Gertrude collected and resold aluminum cans to raise money for Kirk to take piano lessons from the age of 4. Kirk excelled in music, able to read and write music by ear. He received his first contract offer at the age of 7, which his aunt turned down. He joined the church choir and became music director of the Mt. Rose Baptist Church adult choir, at the age of eleven. Despite his strict religious upbringing, Franklin rebelled in his teenage years, and in an attempt to keep him out of trouble, his great aunt arranged an audition for him at a professional youth conservatory associated with a local university. He was accepted and while his life seemed to be on track for a while, the announcement of a girlfriend's pregnancy and his eventual expulsion from school for behavioral problems proved otherwise.

After the shooting death of a friend, Franklin returned to the church, where he began to direct the choir once again. He also co-founded a gospel group, The Humble Hearts, which recorded one of Franklin's compositions and got the attention of gospel music legend Milton Biggham. Impressed, Bigham enlisted him to lead the DFW Mass Choir in a recording of Franklin's song "Every Day with Jesus." This led to Bigham hiring Franklin (at just twenty years old) to lead the choir at the 1990 Gospel Music Workshop of America Convention, a major industry gathering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

Albums

  Name Artist Released  
The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin Kirk Franklin 02/19/02 Album Link
The Nu Nation Project Kirk Franklin 10/22/98 Album Link
Hero Kirk Franklin 10/01/05 Album Link
Are You Listening
(Kirk Franklin Presents Artists United For Haiti) - Single
Kirk Franklin 01/23/10 Album Link
I Smile - Single Kirk Franklin 02/11/11 Album Link
God's Property from Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation Kirk Franklin 05/27/97 Album Link
Looking for You - Single Kirk Franklin 08/09/05 Album Link
Kirk Franklin and the Family (Live) Kirk Franklin & The Family 11/01/01 Album Link
God's Property from Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation God's Property 05/27/97 Album Link
Kirk Franklin Smooth Jazz Tribute Smooth Jazz All Stars 01/30/07 Album Link
I Get Joy (feat. Kirk Franklin) - Single Coko 05/29/07 Album Link
A Gospel Tribute to Mary Mary & Kirk Franklin The Worship Crew 05/08/12 Album Link
I Smile (Db) Kirk Franklin
(Instrumental Performance Track) - Single
Fruition Music Inc. 08/01/11 Album Link