For nearly two decades now, Kirk Franklin has been a multi-platinum-selling purveyor of majestic fusions of gospel and contemporary music, and a mirror of Christian humanity boldly reflecting what one faith walking man can accomplish when he focuses on God and taps deep into the gifts He gives. Franklin is a pioneer in gap-bridging musicianship, uniting audiences across gospel, hip hop, pop and R&B. His irresistible rhythms and rhapsodies have resulted in albums that consistently top both Billboard's Gospel and Christian charts, as well as ascend triumphantly into the Top 10 of the R&B/Hip Hop chart. His unprecedented penetration into the mainstream has fortified him to also become a New York Times bestseller author for The Blueprint: A Plan for Living Above Life’s Storms (Gotham/Penguin). Franklin is also the host and executive producer of the gospel talent show "Sunday Best," the highest-rated gospel program in BET network history now heading into its fourth season. To date, the trendsetter has garnered seven GRAMMY® Awards, 35 Stellar Awards, 11 Dove Awards (CCM), five NAACP Image Awards, two BET Awards, an American Music Award, and numerous others.
And yet, with all of his success and acclaim - his overflow of awards and accolades - Kirk Franklin remains, at heart, a man who comes from shaky circumstances that could have paralyzed his spiritual growth within his humble familial beginnings. He is never far from that frightened and forlorn young man who didn't always know which way to turn, which is what makes Franklin one of the most relatable and respected messengers in his field. It is in that humble spirit that he presents his timely 12th album, Hello Fear, (in stores March 22, 2011, on FoYo Soul Entertainment/Verity Records).
Hello Fear(produced by Kirk Franklin with incomparable longtime friend and co-producer Shaun Martin) is a 15-song stylistic tour de force that Franklin is delivering to a society reeling from toxic levels of unprecedented pain
Franklin is taking the musical messages of Hello Fear on the road starting March 19 in Atlanta in cross-promoting synchronicity with acclaimed comedian/author/radio host Steve Harvey for what they have dubbed a "Comedy Gospel Tour." Still ahead is Kirk's long-planned plunge into the making of a major motion picture. His reach toward higher goals is never ending.
Doing his share to help during one instance of world crisis, Franklin composed "Are You Listening," to give voice to the needs of Haitian earthquake victims. In January 2010 he recorded the song with an all-star gathering of gospel singers including Yolanda Adams, Jeremy Camp, Shirley Caesar, Dorinda Clark Cole, Natalie Grant, Fred Hammond, Tamala Mann, David Mann, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, Bishop Paul S. Morton, J. Moss, Smokie Norful, Marvin Sapp, Karen Clark-Sheard, Kiki Sheard, BeBe & CeCe Winans and Marvin Winans. In January 2011, Franklin received the Thomas A. Dorsey Notable Achievement Award from the Stellar Awards for the song.
Kirk Franklin takes his role as one of God's chosen administrators of musical ministering—strengthening, soothing, uplifting and healing—with the utmost senses of purpose and pride. "It's very humbling and a serious responsibility," he states. "I try to make sure my life is lining up and that my priority always be to please God. When you spend too much time trying to be a people pleaser that's when you mess up. I know that if my life is pleasing to The Lord then 'I Am' where I'm supposed to be."