Kirk Franklin Biography
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.
Franklin, an enduring star in contemporary gospel music, rose to prominence in the early ’90s with the Texas-based choir, the Family. Their platinum-selling debut, “Kirk Franklin & the Family” in 1993, not only dominated the gospel charts but made waves on the R&B and pop charts. Franklin’s career is marked by a unique ability to appeal to a broad audience, a trait evident in his collaborations with various choirs and his successful solo journey, which commenced with “The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin” in 2002.
Raised by his Aunt Gertrude in Fort Worth, Texas, Franklin’s journey to stardom was an uphill battle. His early years were marked by challenges, but his passion for music and strong roots in the church led him to form gospel groups and, ultimately, a career in music.
Kirk Franklin’s journey saw him working with choirs like the Family and God’s Property, achieving Grammy success and chart-topping hits. He combined the charismatic gospel with R&B and hip-hop, making his music resonate with a diverse audience. Notable albums like “Hero,” “Hello Fear,” “Losing My Religion,” and “Long Live Love” underscored his enduring impact on gospel music.
In collaboration with Maverick City Music, Kirk Franklin also focused on issues of mass incarceration, shedding light on the topic with “Kingdom Book One” in 2022. Additionally, his inspiring single “Try Love” was a highlight in 2023.
Kirk Franklin Age
Franklin is 54 years old as of 2023, he was born on January 26, 1970, in Dallas, Texas, USA.
Kirk Franklin Height
Franklin stands at an average height of 5 feet 4 inches with a moderate weight of 79 Kg.
Kirk Franklin’s Wife | Kids
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 Family
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’s Net Worth
Franklin has an estimated net worth of $8.5 million as of 2023 from his successful career.
Kirk Franklin Discography
- Hello Fear
- God’s Property from Kirk Franklin’s Nu Nation
- The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin
- Losing My Religion
- Kingdom Come
- 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 Smile
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