Kirk Franklin Biography and Wiki
Kirk Franklin is an American choir director, gospel singer, dancer, songwriter, and author. He is famous for leading urban contemporary gospel choirs including The Family, God’s Property, and One Nation Crew (1NC). He has been branded the “Reigning King of Urban Gospel” by Variety and is one of the first entrants into the Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame.
He founded “The Family,” a 17-voice choir made up of local friends and allies, in 1992. Vicki Mack-Lataillade, the co-founder of the young GospoCentric Records label, heard one of Kirk & The Family’s demo recordings in 1992 and was so pleased that she quickly signed Kirk & The Family to a recording deal.
Franklin & The Family, their debut album, was released in 1993 by the group, now known as “Kirk Franklin & The Family.” It spent over two years on the gospel music charts and even peaked on the R&B charts, attaining platinum sales certification. It held the top spot on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums list for 42 weeks. It was the first gospel album to sell a million copies.
Sunday Best, BET’s gospel music reality singing competition, was confirmed to return following a four-year hiatus in February 2019. Franklin will return as the show’s host. After the 2019 GMA Dove Awards broadcast on Trinity Broadcasting Network on October 20, 2019, Franklin stated that his acceptance speech was modified to eliminate statements he made on the death of Atatiana Jefferson by a police officer.
Kirk Franklin Age
Franklin is 52 years old as of 2021, he was born on January 26, 1970, in Dallas, Texas, USA.
Kirk Franklin Height and Weight
Franklin stands at an average height of 5 feet 4 inches with a moderate weight of 79 Kg.
Kirk Franklin Family and Parents
Franklin was raised by his aunt, Gertrude after being abandoned by her mother while still a young baby. Gertrude collected aluminum cans to raise funds for Kirk’s piano lessons, which he began at the age of four. He excelled at music, being able to read and compose music as well as perform by ear.
He attended Oscar Dean Wyatt High School, where he studied music with Jewell Kelly and the Singing Chaparrals. He continued to study under her instruction and eventually became the choir’s pianist.
Kirk Franklin Wife | is He married?
Franklin is married to his loving wife Tammy Collins. In their marriage, Franklin and his wife have been blessed with two wonderful children. However, they each had one child from previous relationships. Kirk and his wife held their wedding on January 20, 1996, in a wonderful ceremony attended by their family and friends.
Kirk Franklin Net Worth
Franklin has an estimated net worth of $8.5 million as of 2022.
Kirk Franklin Albums
- Hello Fear
- God’s Property from Kirk Franklin’s Nu Nation
- The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin
- Loosing My Religion
- Kingdom Come
Kirk Franklin Songs
- Love Theory
- Imagine Me
- Wanna Be Happy?
- A God Like You
- Declaration (This Is It!)
- My Life Is in Your Hands
- Lean on Me
- Why We Sing
- My World Needs You
- I Smlie