Meet Kirk Franklin

Kirk Franklin is an American Gospel music singer, often featured on the Billboard charts. He was raised by his aunt after his mother abandoned him. Beginning when he was four, his aunt collected and recycled soda cans in order to pay for piano lessons. He received his first contract offer at the age of seven, which his aunt declined. Instead, he became the director of the adult choir of Mt. Rose Baptist Church when he turned eleven. His life and spiritual walk was side-tracked when news of a girlfriend’s pregnancy surfaced. However, after a close friend was shot and killed, he steered himself back on track.

In the early 90’s, Kirk started a seventeen-voice choir, “The Family” and was quickly noticed by Vicki Mack-Lataillade, co-founder of the GospoCentric record label. In 1993, Kirk Franklin & The Family released their first, self-titled album, which hit the R&B charts and went platinum. Kirk’s integration of secular sounds into traditional gospel created much controversy that never truly dissipated. Despite his criticism, Kirk Franklin went on to receive multiple Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album Grammy Awards—one for his 2X platinum album Whatcha Lookin’ 4, another for his 3X platinum God’s Property from Kirk Franklin’s Nu Nation. And in late 2006, his album, Hero, won him another two Grammy.

Kirk Franklin’s other albums include, The Nu Nation Project, The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin, Songs For the Storm, Volume I and his most recent ablum—released in December 2007—The Fight of My Life.

In 1996, Kirk married a long-time friend, Tammy, who, like him, had a child from a previous relationship. Since then, they have had two children together.

Last updated June 2008.

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