"He has won 35 Stellar Awards, 12 Dove Awards, seven Grammy Awards and five NAACP awards."
Singer Spotlight: Kirk Franklin
One of the most popular gospel singers today is Kirk Franklin. He is known for his upbeat tunes encouraging lyrics, and holds a record for the longest gospel record on the charts. His concerts draws hundreds of fans to sing along with him on stage. Yet how much do we know beyond what see on stage?
Kirk Franklin was born in Texas in 1970 and he spent most of his life singing gospel music. He was raised by an aunt and was the normal rebellious teenager. He married Tammy Collins in 1996, whom he had known for quite some time. The couple have two children together, a boy an a girl, and they both have another child from previous relationships.
Kirk Franklin was offered his first music contract before the age of 10, was music director of his aunt’s church choir before the age of 13 and was officially hired to lead the DFW Mass Choir at age 20.
Some of Franklin’s most popular songs include “Stomp”, “Looking For You”, and “Everyday With Jesus”. Kirk Franklin has also worked with quite a number of record labels and music stars. After finishing with the DFW Mass Choir, he was signed by the GospoCentric record label in 1992.
Franklin would go on during his lifetime to collaborate with Natalie Grant, Yolanda Adams, BeBe Winans, Mary J. Blige, Alvin Slaughter and Shirley Caesar. Overall he has had a successful career in Gospel music. For example, he has won 35 Stellar Awards, 12 Dove Awards, seven Grammy Awards and five NAACP awards.