“If the light shining on you, is greater than the light shining in you, the light shining on you will destroy you !!! -Unknown”
He’s known as an incomparable artist, speaker, a New York Times best selling author, businessman and humanitarian, and after more than 20 years as the top selling artist of inspirational music, multiple Grammy award winner, Kirk Franklin, shows no signs of slowing down. In 1993 Kirk revolutionized Gospel Music and bridged the gap between the faith community and mainstream Urban Music culture. Working with such artists as Bono, Stevie Wonder, the late Whitney Houston, Lacrae, Kanye West and Chance the Rapper, the genius fusion of a message hope and hip-hop beats have made him a mainstay atop Billboard charts for more than 20 years.
Many believe the secret to his continued success is rooted in his artistic genius of being innovative, relevant and authentic about his faith. Kirk has always been transparent about being abandoned by his parents, adopted at the age of four, and his humble beginnings. Kirk has never hid behind his celebrity status but has remained connected to his audience through his music and frank discussions of life issues.
In addition to his musical endeavors, Kirk Franklin is Chairman & CEO of Fo Yo Soul Entertainment based in Arlington, TX. The company includes Fo Yo Soul Recordings, a Joint Venture with RCA Records, a Management arm and a Booking and Touring division that includes both performances and speaking engagements.
Among Kirk Franklin’s accomplishments are:
- Biggest selling Gospel artist in sound scan history (selling over 10 million albums)
- First Gospel Artist to have music video on MTV
- American Music Award winner
- 12 Grammy Awards
- 40 Stellar Awards
- 18 Dove Awards
- 12 NAACP Image Awards
- 3 BET Music Awards
Kirk Franklin believes his greatest accomplishment is being the Husband and best friend of his wife Tammy, and proud Oakridge Dad since 1996 to Kerrion, Carrington, Kennedy and Caziah. he believes everything he has and everything he’s accomplished is all by the grace of God.