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KIRK FRANKLIN
God Is Creative, So Why Shouldn't My Music Be, Too?

   By Christian Thomasos, Christian Post

  Kirk Franklin broke records with his first song in four years "Wanna Be Happy" which was the best first-week digital single in the history of gospel sales.
  Franklin, the 45-year-old producer, songwriter and recording artist, has nine Grammy awards but is celebrating more success with his latest single, which has excited his RCA record label heads by selling 11,882 digital units which is a record for gospel music. And he was named "Gospel Artist of the Year" at the 48th Annual Dove Awards. "Losing My Religion" won the Dove Award for "Contemporary Gospel/Urban Album of the Year."
  "This is great news for both Kirk Franklin and the entire gospel genre," Mark Michel, vice president of sales for RCA Inspiration, said in a statement shared with The Christian Post. "We haven't seen first week numbers like this in gospel since his last record four years ago. We're all very excited about this single and his forthcoming album."
   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.

  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, 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.

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  "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, Kirk?"

  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 Hip Hollywood.

  "I think she is an incredible songwriter," Franklin told Hip Hollywood about Swift.

  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, "Sunday Best."

  "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."

   from www.ChristianPost.com

 

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After more than 15 years as the top-selling, multiple Grammy award-winning contemporary gospel artist, Kirk Franklin continually demonstrates that he is more than just an artist - he is a voice and a musical balm for his generation. The Fight Of My Life is another display of the genius fusion of his positive message and hip-hop beats which have made him a mainstay atop Billboard charts for more than a decade.
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