“His last album, Losing My Religion, I think was a statement and a challenge not only to the Gospel community but to the Christian community as a whole,” Gray, the 30-year-old musician signed to Franklin’s Fo Yo Soul record label, told Parlé Mag. “And he’s the one that could make that statement so I think me being a little bit younger and representing the next generation I can continue to carry that message.”
Franklin, 46, previously told ABC News 13 in Houston, Texas, that he believes his decision to spark the controversial conversation concerning religion was needed.
“When you look at the decline of church attendance in America, or when you look at the decline of millennials that are not going to church in America, you want to have the conversation that a lot of times people are hit more with religion and rules and the systems than they are with the love of God and having a personal relationship with Christ,” Franklin said while on his “The 20 Years In One Night Tour.
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