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BIRTHDAY: January 26, 1970
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "Stomp" (1997)
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BIGGEST LP: God's Property From Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation (1997)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 9
button.gif (123 bytes) "We're having church... we ain't going nowhere" - Kirk Franklin

 
TIMELINE

Kirk Franklinbutton.gif (123 bytes) In 1997, Kirk Franklin and God's Property introduced gospel to pop radio and MTV viewers with his breakthrough hit "Stomp." Without sacrificing credibility, Franklin was able to take the message of gospel and combine it with the urgency of experiencing daily true-life struggles. His drive and charisma led him to become the biggest-selling gospel artist in history. Kirk Franklin grew up with religion and music in his life. He was raised as a Baptist by an aunt (after being abandoned by his mother) and began learning to play the piano at the age of 4. Franklin was offered a record contract when he was 7, but his aunt and uncle turned down the offer. Franklin was at the forefront of his church choir at the Mt. Rose Baptist Church in Dallas by the age of 11 (earning $100 a month as the minister of music). As a teenager, Franklin rebelled against his religion and music ("Trust me, there were times when I could've been killed, I could've been shot, I could've been addicted to drugs or alcohol...) until a friend was killed. He soon returned to what was safe for him and began creating his own gospel music. Franklin achieved gospel crossover stardom when he hooked up with God's Property - a gospel group from Texas consisting of over 50 members and a 5-piece backup band. Franklin has said of his work: "Our music transcends race... our music is about sending the only message that can save the lives of our youth... white, black and otherwise... the message that God loves them and has a plan for them."

1991...

button.gif (123 bytes) Franklin began his gospel sound with backup by "The Family" which consisted of 17 members. Franklin said of The Family: "there is no doubt that The Family is the vocal strength of the music that I do... when I give them a song, they put their seasoning on it. Their vocal flavor isn't like any other."

1992...

button.gif (123 bytes) Linda Searlight formed God's Property with the intention of creating a gospel choir for inner-city youth and an emphasis on artistic expression. The age of the choir members range from teens to mid-20s.

1993...

button.gif (123 bytes) Franklin signed with the independent record label, GospoCentric.

June
Kirk Franklin & The Familybutton.gif (123 bytes) Kirk Franklin & The Family was released and suddenly Franklin was one of the biggest gospel music stars. The LP was recorded in 1992 at Grace Temple Church in Texas and spent almost 2 years on the gospel charts, charted on R&B charts, and went platinum. Kirk Franklin & The Family also topped the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart for 36 weeks into 1995.

1995...


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Kirk Franklin & The Family topped the Billboard Contemporary Christian Albums chart for 14 weeks.


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Christmas was released.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Kirk Franklin & The Family topped the Billboard Year-End Chart-Toppers as the Top Gospel Artist and Top Gospel Album (Kirk Franklin & The Family).
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Christmas topped the Billboard Gospel Albums chart for 8 weeks.

1996...

April
Kirk Franklin - Whatcha Lookin' 4button.gif (123 bytes) Whatcha Lookin' 4 was released through a division of Interscope Records (which is affiliated with Deathrow Records). The LP was actually recorded in '94.

button.gif (123 bytes) Whatcha Lookin' 4 eventually topped the Billboard Contemporary Christian Albums chart for 19 weeks and the Gospel Albums chart for 30 weeks.

1997... Kirk Franklin & God's Property: # 125 Singles Artist of the Year

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Franklin won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album (Whatcha Lookin' 4).

May
Kirk Franklin - God's Property From Kirk Franklin's Nu Nationbutton.gif (123 bytes) Franklin and God's Property combined forces with the release of God's Property From Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation with the hit single on R&B and pop charts, "Stomp." The debut LP by God's Property was produced by Franklin and went Top 10 on the pop charts. Salt of Salt-N-Pepa even helped out on one version of "Stomp" for the LP and video. Salt (aka Cheryl James) said of Franklin and God's Property's crossover popularity: "Young people don't want to sing 'We Shall Overcome'... we feel like we have overcome, and we're looking for inspiration and empowerment... Kirk brings lots of fun to it." For the first time in history, MTV was playing a gospel video in heavy rotation.
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God's Property From Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation topped the Billboard Gospel Albums chart for 43 weeks.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) "Stomp" topped the Billboard R&B Singles Airplay chart for 2 weeks and God's Property From Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation topped the Billboard R&B Albums chart for 5 weeks.

August
button.gif (123 bytes) God's Property hit the Top 40 with "Stomp."

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Franklin topped the Billboard Year-End Charts as the Top Gospel Artist.

1998...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Franklin and God's Property won a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Album by a Choir or Chorus (God's Property From Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation) and were also nominated for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group and Best R&B Song (awarded to the songwriter) ("Stomp"). Franklin was also nominated for Producer of the Year.

September
Kirk Franklin - Nu Nation Projectbutton.gif (123 bytes) Franklin's next LP, Nu Nation Project, was released . The first single, "Lean On Me," had some help by Bono of U2, Mary J. Blige, and R. Kelly. The single's proceeds went toward helping Southern churches which had been victims of arson.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Franklin ended the year by starting a concert tour in New Orleans in late December.
button.gif (123 bytes) Kirk Franklin & God's Property won 2 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards for Best Urban Album and Best Urban Recorded Song ("
Stomp").
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Nu Nation Project went on to top the Billboard Contemporary Christian Albums chart for 23 weeks and the Billboard Gospel Albums chart for 49 weeks.
button.gif (123 bytes) Franklin topped the Billboard Year-End Charts as the Top Gospel Artists and God's Property topped the Billboard Year-End Charts with the Top Gospel Album (God's Property From Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation).

1999...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Kirk Franklin talked CNN about his fans: "We don't have fans, we have friends... and when you look at them as friends, everybody (is) coming together for the same purpose, just getting excited about our faith."
button.gif (123 bytes) Franklin also talked with Variety: "People's hopes and faith have been damaged so much, with by the political system or by the church building or the church elders... The music is pure, because the music stands on its own... I wanted to make it enjoyable and entertaining, but at the same time let the entertainment be the preparation for people's minds and hearts, so when it's time to share, the songs are ministry, and they're able to receive it."

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Franklin won another Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album for (Nu Nation Project) and was also nominated for Song of the Year (songwriter), Best R&B Song (awarded to the songwriter) and Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group ("Lean On Me" (with Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly, Bono, Crystal Lewis & The Family)). Franklin became the first gospel artist to receive a Grammy Award nomination for Song of the Year (for "Lean On Me").

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Franklin topped the Billboard Year-End Chart-Toppers as the Top Contemporary Christian Artist and Top Gospel Artist, and with the Top Contemporary Christian Album and Top Gospel Album (Nu Nation Project).

button.gif (123 bytes) Franklin won an Essence Award, 2 NAACP Image Awards for Best Song ("Lean On Me'), and Outstanding Gospel Artist, a Soul Train Music Award for Best Gospel Album (Nu Nation Project), and was nominated for a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B Soul Single, Male ("Lean On Me").

2000...

May
button.gif (123 bytes) 'The Family' filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit for royalties for Nu Nation Project against Franklin and GospoCentric Records.

2001...

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October
button.gif (123 bytes) God's Property From Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation was certified 3x platinum.

2002...

February
Kirk Franklin - The Rebirth Of Kirk Franklinbutton.gif (123 bytes) Franklin released The Rebirth Of Kirk Franklin which topped the Billboard Gospel Albums chart for 29 weeks.

March
button.gif (123 bytes) The Rebirth Of Kirk Franklin topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
button.gif (123 bytes) The Rebirth Of Kirk Franklin was certified gold.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Franklin topped the
Billboard Year-End Charts as the Top Gospel Artist and with the Top Gospel Album (The Rebirth Of Kirk Franklin).

2003...

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Franklin won Soul Train Music Award for Gospel Album (
The Rebirth Of Kirk Franklin).

May
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The Rebirth Of Kirk Franklin was certified platinum.

2004...

August
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Passion Of The Christ: Songs compilation with Yolanda Adams with "How Many Lashes."

2005...

October
Kirk Franklin - Herobutton.gif (123 bytes) Franklin released Hero.
button.gif (123 bytes) Franklin topped the Billboard Top Christian Album chart and Top Gospel Album chart with
Hero.
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Hero topped the Billboard Top Gospel LP chart for 34 weeks.

2006..

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Hero was certified gold.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Franklin was nominated for a
Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance ("Looking For You").

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Franklin won a BET Award for Best Gospel Artist.

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Franklin hit the R&B charts with "Imagine Me."


Kirk Franklin - Songs From The Storm, Volume 1button.gif (123 bytes) Franklin won an American Music Award for Favorite Contemporary Inspirational Artist.
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Songs From The Storm, Volume 1.
button.gif (123 bytes) Franklin topped the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart for 2 weeks with
Songs From The Storm, Volume 1.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Franklin topped the Billboard Year-End Charts as the Top Gospel Artist and with the Top Gospel Album (Hero).
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Hero was certified gold.

2007..

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Franklin won 2
Grammy Awards for Best Gospel Song (awarded to songwriter) ("Imagine Me") and for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album (Hero).

March
Kirk Franklin - Fight Of My Lifebutton.gif (123 bytes) Franklin won a Soul Train Music Award for Best Gospel Album (Songs From The Storm, Volume 1).
button.gif (123 bytes) Franklin could be heard on the compilation
Interpretations: Celebrating The Music Of Earth, Wind & Fire with the cover "September."

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Franklin won a BET Award for Best Gospel Artist.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Franklin released
Fight Of My Life.
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Billboard Year-End Charts as the Top Gospel Album Artist.

2009...

February
Kirk Franklin - 'Hello Fear'button.gif (123 bytes) Franklin won 2 Grammy Awards for Best Gospel Song (awarded to the songwriter) ("Help Me Believe") and Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album (Fight Of My Life).

2011...

March
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Hello Fear.

2012...

February
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Grammy Awards for Best Gospel Song ("Hello Fear") and Best Gospel Album (Hello Fear).
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Hello Fear was certified gold.



LPs
Kirk Franklin & The Family Kirk Franklin & The Family
Released: June, 1993
US: Platinum
Tracks: "Why We Sing" - "He's Able" - "Silver And Gold" - "Call On The Lord" - "Real Love" - "He Can Handle It" - "Letter From My Friend" - "Family Worship Medley" - "Speak To Me" - "Till We Meet Again"
Kirk Franklin - Christmas Christmas
Released: November, 1995
Tracks: "Silent Night" - "Now Behold The Lamb" - "Jesus Is The Reason For The Season" - "Go Tell It On The Mountain" - "They Need To Know" - "There's No Christmas Without You" - "O Come All Ye Faithful" - "Night That Christmas Was Born" - "Thank You For Your Child" - "Love Song" - "Silver & Gold" (Remix)
Kirk Franklin - Whatcha Lookin' 4 Whatcha Lookin' 4
Released: April, 1996
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 23
Tracks: "Savior More Than Life" - "Whatcha Lookin' 4" - "Melodies From Heaven" - "Conquers" - "Don't Take Your Joy Away" - "When I Think About Jesus" - "Mama's Song" - "Jesus Paid It All" - "I Love You Jesus" - "Washed Away" - "Where The Spirit Is" - "Let Me Touch You" - "Anything 4 U" - "Whatcha Lookin' 4" (Remix) - "Melodies From Heaven" (Skate Remix)
Kirk Franklin - God's Property From Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation God's Property From Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation
Released: May, 1997
US: 3x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 3
Tracks: "Stomp" - "My Life Is In Your Hands" - "It's Rainin'" - "More Than I Can Bear" - "Up Above My Head" - "Love" - "Sweet Spirit" - "Faith" - "You Are The Only One" - "So Good" - "Storm Is Over Now" - "Stomp" (Original Mix) - "He Will Take The Pain Away"
Kirk Franklin - Nu Nation Project Nu Nation Project
Released: September, 1998
US: 2x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 7
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Revolution" - "Lean On Me" - "Something About The Name Jesus" - "Riverside" - "He Loves Me" - "Gonna Be A Lovely Day" - "Praise Joint" (Remix) - "Hold Me Now" - "You Are" - "If You've Been Delivered" - "Smile Again" - "Love" (Remix) - "My Desire" - "Blessing In The Storm" - "I Can"
Kirk Franklin - The Rebirth Of Kirk Franklin The Rebirth Of Kirk Franklin
Released: February, 2002
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 4
Tracks: "Hosanna" - "Caught Up" - "911" - "The Blood Song" - "Brighter Day" - "My Life, My Love, My All" - "Lookin' Out For Me" - "He Reigns" - "Don't Cry" - "The Translation" - "Always" - "When I Get There" - "Outro (The Blood)"
Kirk Franklin - Hero Hero
Released: October, 2005
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 13
Tracks: "Intro" - "America The Beautiful" - "Looking For You" - "Hero" - "Let It Go" - "Process" - "Imagine Me" - "Could've Been" - "Better" - "Afterwhile" - "Brokenhearted" - "Without You" - "Keep Your Head" - "Why" - "First Love" - "Appeal" - "Brokenhearted" (Reprise) - "Sunshine" - "Outro"
Kirk Franklin - Songs From The Storm, Volume 1 Songs From The Storm, Volume 1
Released: November, 2006
Tracks: "Intro" - "He Will Take The Pain Away" - "Let Me Touch You" - "When I Get There" - "Conquerors" - "When You Fall" - "Blessing In The Storm" - "The Storm Is Over Now" - "You Are" - "The Family Worship Medley" - "Melodies From Heaven" - "Look At me Now"
Kirk Franklin - Fight Of My Life Fight Of My Life
Released: December, 2007
Billboard peak: # 33
Tracks: "Declaration (This Is It!)" - "Little Boy" (featuring Rance Allen) - "Help Me Believe" - "Hide Me" - "How It Used To Be" - "He Will Supply" - "Jesus" - "I Am God" (featuring Toby Mac) - "It Would Take All Day" - "A Whole Nation" - "Still In Love" - "I Like Me" - "Chains" - "Still (In Control)" - "The Last Jesus"
Kirk Franklin - 'Hello Fear' Hello Fear
Released: March, 2011
US: Gold
Tracks: "Hello Fear" - "The Story Of Fear" - "Before I Die" - "I Am" - "But The Blood" - "Everyone Hurts" - "I Smile" - "Give Me" - "Never Alone" (Interlude) - "The Altar" - "Something About The Name Jesus Pt. 2" - "Today" - "The Moment #1" - "The Moment #2" - "A God Like You"
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