"HA, HA, HA, THANKS KIRK FOR ENDORSING
MEGA LIVE RADIO, THANK FOR PICKING ME
TO BE NOMINATED FOR 2012 STELLAR AWARD.
I WOULD HAVE TO BRING THIS NOMINATION BEFORE
OUR BOARD OF CRAZY DIRECTORS LOL.
KIRK CAN YOU COME AND PERFORM ON…"
"HEY MOM, THIS IS KIRK I MADE TIME TO ENDORSE
MEGA LIVE RADIO, MAY GOD BLESS THIS STATION
WITH BILLIONS TO IMPACT THE GOSPEL AROUND
I WILL SEE YOU SOON IN DETROIT MICH, AT GREATER
GRACE TEMPLE. THANK YOU FOR CONNECTING ME…"
Born Kirk Smith in 1970(?) in Forth Worth, TX; raised by aunt, Gertrude Franklin; married Tammy Renee Collins, 1996; children: four.
Mt. Rose Baptist Church, Fort Worth, TX, choir director, 1981(?); singer, songwriter, arranger and producer, 1991-. Fo Yo Soul production company, founder, 199(?)-.
"My message is simple and plain," Kirk Franklin insisted in the Los Angeles Times. "I'm trying to change the way people look at gospel music. It's not corny, and it's not hokey. We're not just running around here with some choir robes on, yelling and screaming. It's not about that anymore, kid." The charismatic Franklin has achieved mainstream success thanks to a fusion of hip-hop-flavored style and hardcore religious content. Where other gospel acts had replaced "Jesus" and "God" with "Him" and "You" in hopes of winning over pop listeners, Franklin has never blunted his proselytizing. At the same time, the recordings and concerts by the singer and his gospel group, The Family, have achieved sales that would be respectable even by secular standards and won a bevy of honors. Despite his rise to stardom, Franklin has kept his eye on the real prize. "When I try to reach people, it's by any means necessary," he told the Tri-State Defender. "The purpose is to win them. I spread the word of God through my music, and that's how souls are won--regardless of where it's heard."
Franklin's own soul underwent considerable turmoil in his youth. Born in Fort Worth, Texas, to a teenage mother, he never knew his father and was adopted at the age of three by the only mother he ever really knew--his great-aunt Gertrude--who raised him vigilantly. "She taught me everything," the singer told Cheo Hodari Coker of the Los Angeles Times. "She taught me how to respect people and respect myself, and that's something I'll never forget." A devout Baptist, Gertrude recognized and encouraged the boy's profound musical gifts; money she and Kirk made from recycling cans and newspapers paid for his piano lessons. His obvious talent for church singing led to an offer of a record contract by the time he was seven, but Gertrude refused to consider such an offer, considering Kirk's age. His precociousness could not be kept under wraps forever, though, and by age 11 he was leading the adult choir at Mt. Rose Baptist Church. "It was scary," he recalled to Coker. "I was [in charge of] people 60 and older. Could you imagine someone that young telling their elders they were singing wrong?"
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I feel that all of the gospel singers and groups need to come together and be an example to sinners ....I have been to different programs and it makes me sad and pray more to know that the Gospel…Continue