When it comes to Gospel, you think of the church, maybe even artists like Marvin Sapp, Yolanda Adams, Mary Mary, and then there is the GOAT Kirk Franklin.
Known to be gracefully lit and encourage praise to the music scene, Kirk Franklin used hip- hop as a way to attract young people to the gospel. There was a time when Gospel music had multiple barriers. Then Franklin stepped into the picture, becoming one of the most innovative artists in gospel music. During his career, he has been responsible for working with Salt from Salt N’ Pepa, Mary Mary, Darkchild, Mary J. Blige, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, R.Kelly, Pharrell and many more.
In 1993, his group Kirk Franklin and The Family debuted their first album entitled Kirk Franklin and The Family which spent two years on the R&B charts and eventually earned platinum status and the first gospel album to ever sell over 1 million units. In 1996, Franklin earned a Grammy for his group’s third album Whatcha Lookin’ 4. That same year, one of the most successful gospel songs of the 1990’s “Stomp” was released and was nothing less than a game changer. This single in which we were all guilty of bankhead bouncin’ to at one point not only made it’s way to #1 but also made it’s way to the public eye of MTV(which is surprising because MTV was not bumping anything close to gospel back then).
In 2001, Franklin decided to go solo to continue spreading his creative direction for Gospel and that, he conquered with songs like “Hosanna”, “Revolution”,”Lean On Me”,”Brighter Day”,”Declaration (This is It)”, “Smile”, “Victory 123 (Remix)” ft. Pharrell “and clearly he is STILL conquering. At only 46 years old, Kirk Franklin is responsible for eleven successful albums and contributing a new direction to gospel that we can forever appreciate.
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