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Kirk Franklin Biography and Wiki
Kirk Franklin is an American choir director, gospel performer, and songwriter most recognized for being the choir director of several urban contemporary gospel choirs, including The Family, God’s Property, and One Nation Crew (1NC). Among the many honors he has received are 16 Grammy Awards. Franklin was labeled a “Reigning King of Urban Gospel” by Variety and was among the first people to be inducted into the Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame.
Kirk Franklin Age and Birthday
How old is Franklin? Franklin is 52 years old as of 2022. He was born Kirk Dewayne Franklin on 26 January 1970 in Dallas, Texas, United States. He celebrates his birthday on 26 January every year.
Kirk Franklin Nationality and Ethnicity
Is Franklin a Nigerian? Franklin is of American nationality by birth. He was born in Dallas, Texas, United States. He is of mixed race. READ ALSO: Karen Clark Sheard
Kirk Franklin Family
After his mother abandoned him as a baby, Franklin was raised by his aunt Gertrude. Kirk began taking piano lessons at the age of four because of Gertrude’s fundraising efforts using recycled aluminum cans. Kirk was exceptional at both playing by ear and reading and writing music.
Kirk Franklin Wife and Children
Is Kirk Franklin still married? Franklin wed his longtime friend Tammy Collins on January 20, 1996. They each had a child from a prior relationship before they got married. They are parents of two children as a couple. Franklin’s eldest son, Kerrion, made a profanity-filled audio tape of a private chat between him and his father in March 2021 and made it public. Franklin afterward expressed regret to his supporters and admirers.
Kirk Franklin Religion
What religion is Kirk Franklin? Franklin is Christian. His aunt declined the first contract he was offered. At the age of 11, he did join the church choir and was appointed music director of the adult chorus at Mount Rose Baptist Church. Franklin returned to the church where he once again oversaw the choir after witnessing the gunshot death of a buddy when he was 15 years old.
Kirk Franklin Height
Franklin stands at an average height of 5 feet 4 inches.
Kirk Franklin Net Worth
What is Franklin’s net worth? Franklin has an estimated net worth of $8.5 Million.
Kirk Franklin & The Family
Franklin established “The Family,” a 17-voice choir composed of neighbors and friends, in 1992. Vicki Mack-Lataillade, a co-founder of the budding GospoCentric Records label, first heard one of Kirk & The Family’s demo tapes in 1992 and was so taken by them that she quickly signed them to a recording contract.
The group, now referred to as The Family, issued its debut album in 1993 under the name The Family. The song reached platinum sales status after spending nearly two years on the gospel music charts and R&B charts. For 42 weeks, it held the top spot on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart. It followed Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace and BeBe & CeCe Winans’ Addictive Love as the only other gospel albums to sell over a million copies. Kirk Franklin & the Family Christmas, a 1995 holiday album, was followed by Whatcha Lookin’ 4 in 1996, two years later.
Family members sued Franklin and GospoCentric Records for millions of dollars in royalties for their contributions to The Nu Nation Project in 2000. The Family albums came to an end at this point as Franklin moved on to form the One Nation Crew and released Kirk Franklin Presents 1NC. The album was created before the legal dispute. At the 25th Annual Stellar Awards show taping in Nashville, Tennessee, on January 16, 2010, The Family briefly reunited on stage to play songs that they had made popular in the 1990s.
Kirk Franklin The Fight of My Life
Franklin’s ninth gospel album released by GospoCentric Records is titled The Fight of My Life. The album’s songs were written by a variety of urban contemporary gospel, Christian hip hop, and contemporary Christian artists, including tobyMac, Rance Allen, Isaac Carree, Doug Williams, Melvin Williams, Da’ T.R.U.T.H., and Donovan Owens. It was produced by Franklin, James “Jazzy” Jordan, Carla Williams, and Jessie Hurst. Franklin’s 10th studio album and 11th album were released in North America. On December 18, 2007, GospoCentric Records issued the song in the United States. 74,000 copies of the album were sold in the first week, landing it at position #33 on the Billboard 200.
Kirk Franklin Love Theory
Franklin debuted his single “Love Theory” and the accompanying official music video on January 25, 2019. The lead single from his thirteenth studio album, Long Live Love, was “Love Theory.”
Kirk Franklin Looking for You
Franklin’s gospel song “Looking For You” can be found on his 2005 CD Hero. The song uses a sample from Patrice Rushen, Charles Mims Jr., Sheree Brown, and Freddie Washington’s song “Haven’t You Heard,” which was written. Due to its appeal to gospel, R&B, and mainstream audiences, “Looking for You” became a crossover smash. The song became Kirk Franklin’s most popular single to date after peaking at number five on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, number 61 on the Billboard Hot 100, and number one on the Hot Gospel Songs list in the United States.
Kirk Franklin Album
- God’s Property from Kirk Franklin’s Nu Nation
- The Nu Nation Project
- Kirk Franklin Presents 1NC
- The Fight of My Life
- Hello Fear
- Losing My Religion
- Long Live Love
- Kirk Franklin & the Family Christmas
- A Season of Remixes
- Kirk Franklin Presents: Songs for the Storm Vol. 1