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Twelve-time GRAMMY winning artist, songwriter and producer,
Kirk Franklin's #1 single, "Love Theory"
from his Long Live Love CD debuted at
Billboard's Hot Gospel Songs chart at #1. "Love Theory"
is also Franklin's seventh No. 1 single and the second song of
his to debut at #1. Franklin first entered at the top spot in
September 2015 with "Wanna Be Happy?," which ruled for 45
weeks, the second-longest-leading hit in the chart's history
(after Marvin Sapp's "Never Would Have Made It";
46 weeks, 2007-08).
The CD has spawned numerous chart appearances by other tracks
including OK, Just For Me, Father Knows Best, Strong God,
Forever/Beautiful Grace and Idols. Amazingly, all
appearing in the top 25 at the same time.
For more than twenty-five years Kirk Franklin has been a trailblazer,
writing, producing and performing uplifting music which is loved
by Christian and secular audiences alike. His body of work has
garnered nineteen GRAMMY Awards, 43 Stellar Awards, nine NAACP
Image Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, three BET Awards, and
an American Music Award, among other honors. The most recent
GRAMMY came in 2019 for his collaboration on Tori Kelly's
"Never Alone" album. It won Gospel Album of the Year.
"Kirk Franklin took me under his wing and saw the passion I have
for gospel," said Kelly at the GRAMMY awards. "He made it
happen...so Kirk, I love you so much. You are a legend."
Since the release of his last album, the GRAMMY Award-winning Losing
My Religion, in 2015, Franklin has been busy touring,
cultivating talent through his record label, Fo Yo Soul
Recordings, and collaborating with a diverse array of other
artists including, Chance the Rapper, Kanye West, Ledisi,
Mandisa, Marvin Sapp, Tamela Mann and Tori Kelly. In
2018, he produced Kelly's entire Hiding Place album, for
which he recently received his 23rd GRAMMY nomination and 19th
win. Franklin also launched the Exodus Music & Arts Festival in
partnership with Live Nation Urban last year. And he will host
and headline the 2nd annual Exodus Fest on May 26, 2019 in
In addition to releasing "Love Theory" and
finishing up his forthcoming, thirteenth studio album, Franklin
performed on the 20th Super Bowl Gospel Celebration in Atlanta,
airing on BET on February 2, 2019. He'll also host the
34thAnnual Stellar Gospel Music Awards on March 29, 2019
Franklin's "Wanna Be Happy" from his 11th
studio album, was No. 1 on the Gospel Digital Songs and
Hot Gospel Songs charts. It actually entered the chart at #1
back in November and didn't budge for weeks.
And "1,2,3 Victory" from the same CD quickly joined it in the
top 3. Another single from the album, "My World Needs You"
with Sarah Reeves, Tasha Cobbs and Tamela Mann has
entered the top 5.
That song won the Dove Award For Contemporary Gospel/Urban Recorded Song
of the Year.
Kirk says he's dismayed that some people in the Christian
community aren't open to him breaking beyond the boundaries of
what they believe gospel music is supposed to sound like.
"If I'm writing and doing music celebrating the Creator, who is the most
creative being in the world - I mean, when you look at nature
and when you look at all of the beautiful created things - why
should I be limited in expressing myself? He's creative, so why
shouldn't my music be creative, too?"
Franklin questioned in an interview with The New Yorker. "But
everyone in my community, and especially the consumers, they
don't see it that way. Which is weird for me."
Franklin perform "Love Theory"
live at Super Bowl Gospel Celebration in Atlanta - Click
Franklin's "Just For Me"
(In-Studio Performance) - Click
live performance at the Stellar
Sarah Reeves, Tasha Cobbs
"My World Needs You" - Click
Franklin, the gospel music industry veteran who has broken the mold with
songs like "Stomp," has written and composed some of the most
well known songs in the industry.
Even though he's elevated his reach from that of a recording artist and
composer to the head of Fo Yo Soul Records (RCA), the
46-year-old star still feels like some members of his community
won't accept some of the music he has a desire to make.
"It makes you feel good when you do a song that, sonically, can fit
right next to Drake," he said. "But our audience, they don't
care. And it hurts that they don't care!"
While he maintains his Christian values, Franklin has made it no
secret that he also enjoys mainstream music. Earlier this year, he
let over one million fans on Twitter know that he appreciates the
talents of singer Bruno Mars.
"OK, I give in, the Bruno Mars album is dope. I guess he said somebody
gotta do it," Franklin tweeted.
The message, however, garnered mixed reactions. One fan decided to speak
up about Franklin's choice in music by asking, "secular music,
Franklin responded by questioning if all of the social media critic's
lifestyle choices were centered around their faith.
"Do you just wear Christian clothes or eat at Christian restaurants or
just watch Christian television?" Franklin asked before writing,
"love u bro."
While the exchange died down soon after, Franklin has publicly
shared his affinity for other artists in the past. In 2015 he
complimented Taylor Swift's musical talents when speaking to
"I think she is an incredible songwriter," Franklin told Hip Hollywood
Aside from the 27-year-old "Shake It Off" singer, Hip
Hollywood reported that Franklin is also a fan of secular artists
Kendrick Lamar, Adele and Justin Bieber. Last year, he
collaborated with mainstream music artist Pharrell Williams
who produced his song "123 Remix."
The gospel music singer and producer has worked hard to usher in new
talent in the industry with his record label, and as host and
executive producer of the BET gospel music singing competition,
"It's very cool to see people get excited about content that is
still very vertical," he said in a previous interview with The
Christian Post. "That's what I want to do and get involved in. I
continue to try to push that agenda."
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Long Live Love)
Twelve-time GRAMMY winning artist,
songwriter and producer, Kirk Franklin, released his new
single, "Love Theory," the first single from
Long Live Love. With an up-tempo R&B melody and
classic Franklin lyrics, "Love Theory" has listeners
feeling inspired and wanting to hit the dance floor. Long Live
Love is Franklin's first new release since 2014's Losing My
Religion and also commemorates the 25th anniversary since his
debut, Kirk Franklin &
In addition to
finishing up his thirteenth studio album,
performed "Love Theory" on the 20th Super Bowl Gospel Celebration
The CD also includes the early hits OK, Just For Me, Father Knows
Best, Strong God, Forever/
Tori Kelly featuring Kirk
Hiding Place features
the hit single, "Never
Alone" with Kirk
Franklin, a crossover
hit on both the CCM and
Gospel Music charts, Help
Us To Love with The
HamilTones and Just
As Sure with Jonathan
(Losing My Religion)
Brimming with urban melodies and
culturally relevant lyrics, Kirk's 11th studio release is sure to
please gospel music lovers of all ages! Includes the hit single "Wanna
Be Happy?" plus the title track, "Miracles," "Road Trip," "Pray for
Me," "It's Time," "True Story," "Over," "When," "My World Needs
You," "Intercession," "No Sleep Tonight," and
"The Fight of
"Songs For The Storm,