WHO IS KIRK FRANKLIN?Last updated(November, 2019)
Kirk Franklin (Kirk Dewayne Franklin) is an American gospel musician, singer choir director, and author.
Kirk Franklin - Early Life
Kirk Franklin Age: 50 yrs
Kirk Dewayne Franklin popularly known as Kirk Franklin, was born on January 26, 1970 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.
He was raised and nurtured by his aunt, Gertrude, having been abandoned by his mother as a baby.
His aunt recycled aluminum cans to raise money for him to take piano lessons from the age of four. Kirk excelled and was able to read and write music, while also playing by ear.
At the age of seven Franklin received his first contract which his aunt turned down. He then joined the church choir and became music director of the Mt. Rose Baptist Church adult choir at eleven years of age.
Despite his strict religious upbringing, Franklin rebelled in his teenage years, and in an attempt to keep him out of trouble, his grandmother arranged an audition for him at a professional youth conservatory associated with a local university. He was accepted, but later he had to deal with a girlfriend's pregnancy and his eventual expulsion from school for bad behavior.
Kirk Franklin studied music with Jewell Kelly and the Singing Chaparrals at Oscar Dean Wyatt High School. He continued under her tutelage and ultimately became the pianist for the choir.
Kirk Franklin - Musical Career
Since 1991, he has been backed up by his 17-member choir, the Family, a group comprised of friends and associates from his younger days (interestingly, one member of the Family, Jon Drummond, made it to the semi-finals of the 100-meter sprint at the 1996 Olympics).
Support from his pastor, his wife Tammy, whom he married in early 1996, and the four children they brought to the marriage help keep Franklin close to his religious core, and he returned in 1998 with Nu Nation Project. The album topped the Billboard Top 200 charts (peaking at number seven) and remained on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart for 49 weeks, paving the way for Franklin’s third Grammy (Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album).
Over the course of the next few years, Franklin worked on the soundtrack of the movie Kingdom Come (contributing the single “Thank You”) and released another album, 2002’s The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin. Making good on the success of its predecessor, the disc soared to number four on the Billboard 200 chart and spent 29 weeks on the Gospel Albums chart. Two more chart-topping albums emerged out in the next four years, Hero (2005) and Songs for the Storm, Vol. 1 (2006), both of which topped the gospel charts at the time of their release. Hero went on to win two Grammys in late 2006.
Franklin spent the next two-and-a-half years touring. He formed his own label, Fo Yo Soul, and commenced recording his debut for it. In September of 2015 he announced the release of the controversially titled, Losing My Religion. The pre-release single, “Wanna Be Happy,” appeared in October and ran right up the charts. It was followed in November by the full-length.
Personal Life - Kirk Franklin
Kirk Franklin married his long-time friend Tammy Collins (Kirk Franklin Wife) on January 20, 1996.
When they wed, they each had one child from previous relationships: Kirk's son Kerrion (31 yrs old), and Tammy's daughter Carrington (30 yrs old) (whom he legally adopted), born in 1989.
As a couple, they have two children together, a daughter named Kennedy (born in 1997) and a son named Caziah (born in 2000). Carrington became engaged to Maxx Nakwaasah in October 2015.
In 2005, Franklin appeared with his wife on The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss how he ended his pornography addiction.
Kirk Franklin and Wife (Tammy Collins).
Kirk Franklin - Net Worth
Kirk Franklin net worth is estimated to be about $9,000,000 (Nine Million dollars).
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