"When I was taught truth, that's when I got my freedom."

  • Born Jan. 26, 1970, in Fort Worth, Texas

  • Kirk Franklin got his start with Kirk Franklin & The Family, and their 1993 self-titled debut reached No. 1 on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums chart. His 2002 solo album, The Rebirth Of Kirk Franklin, landed at No. 4 on the Billboard 200.

  • Franklin won his first GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album for 1996 for Whatcha Lookin' 4. He made his GRAMMY stage debut at the 41st GRAMMY Awards in 1999, performing "Lean On Me" with Nu Nation, Mary J. Blige, Gerald Levert, Bono, and Crystal Lewis.

  • Thanks to his aunt collecting aluminum cans, Franklin was able to take piano lessons at age 4. He showed instant talent, and was offered a recording deal at age 7, but his aunt turned it down.

  • In 2009 Franklin convened a group of gospel music artists, including BeBe Winans and CeCe Winans, to record "Are You Listening," with proceeds from the song donated to charities involved with Haiti relief efforts.

Kirk Franklin

"When I was taught truth, that's when I got my freedom."

  • Born Jan. 26, 1970, in Fort Worth, Texas

  • Kirk Franklin got his start with Kirk Franklin & The Family, and their 1993 self-titled debut reached No. 1 on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums chart. His 2002 solo album, The Rebirth Of Kirk Franklin, landed at No. 4 on the Billboard 200.

  • Franklin won his first GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album for 1996 for Whatcha Lookin' 4. He made his GRAMMY stage debut at the 41st GRAMMY Awards in 1999, performing "Lean On Me" with Nu Nation, Mary J. Blige, Gerald Levert, Bono, and Crystal Lewis.

  • Thanks to his aunt collecting aluminum cans, Franklin was able to take piano lessons at age 4. He showed instant talent, and was offered a recording deal at age 7, but his aunt turned it down.

  • In 2009 Franklin convened a group of gospel music artists, including BeBe Winans and CeCe Winans, to record "Are You Listening," with proceeds from the song donated to charities involved with Haiti relief efforts.

GRAMMY Award Results for Kirk Franklin

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Wins
Best Gospel Performance/Song
God Provides
Best Gospel Album
Losing My Religion
Nominations
Best Rap/Sung Performance
Ultralight Beam
Best Rap Song
Ultralight Beam
 
Wins
Best Gospel Performance/Song
Wanna Be Happy?
 
Nominations
Best Gospel Performance/Song
Love On The Radio
 
Wins
Best Gospel Song
Hello Fear
Best Gospel Album
Hello Fear
 
Wins
Best Gospel Song
Help Me Believe
Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album
The Fight Of My Life
 
Wins
Best Gospel Song
Imagine Me
Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album
Hero
 
Nominations
Best Gospel Performance
Looking For You
 
Wins
Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album
The Nu Nation Project
Nominations
Song Of The Year
Lean On Me (Track)
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Lean On Me (Track)
Best Rhythm & Blues Song
Lean On Me (Track)
 
Wins
Best Gospel Choir Or Chorus Album
God's Property From Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation
Nominations
Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
Stomp (Track)
Best Rhythm & Blues Song
Stomp (Track)
Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
 
Wins
Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album
Whatcha Lookin' 4

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