For over two decades, Kirk Franklin has almost single-handedly created the soundtrack to Contemporary Christian culture with mesmerizing music that has resonated across denominational, generational and cultural lines. Who can forget Franklin’s timeless tracks like Why We Sing, Stomp, Hosanna and Imagine Me. Kirk‘s hit songs are also responsible for making him the biggest selling contemporary Gospel artist in Soundscan history.
As impressive as this noted accomplishments are, music is only a fraction of the emerging Kirk Franklin brand. With his successful forays into television with Sunday Best and The American Bible Challenge, his New York bestselling book, Blueprint and as a proven talent agent for his music label, Fo Yo Soul Recordings, Kirk Franklinhas gone from ‘ye boy’ to ‘golden boy’ of Gospel music.
Ironically enough, Kirk continues to push the envelope, even into his mid-40s, with the highly anticipated release of his brand new album called, Losing My Religion, a title that provokes emotion and intrigue among Christians with its subtle affront on the institution African-Americans revere and identify with. Franklin‘s controversy is also his undeniable appeal…a broken, burdened and oftentimes blunt personality, willing to create waves for God’s glory. BlackGospel.comwas honored to speak with Kirk Franklin about his philosophy on religion, his awesome new album and what makes Kirk Franklin such a fascinating figure.