Hero

Hero

5.0 15
by Kirk Franklin
     
 
Kirk Franklin's seventh album, Hero, is special in more ways than one. The disc is his second as the sole titular artist -- no Family, God's Property, or budding protégé to introduce to the world -- and his first-ever all-out studio album, a prospect that gives him more leverage to try new things and push

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Kirk Franklin's seventh album, Hero, is special in more ways than one. The disc is his second as the sole titular artist -- no Family, God's Property, or budding protégé to introduce to the world -- and his first-ever all-out studio album, a prospect that gives him more leverage to try new things and push the envelope in ways that doing a live recording wouldn't let him. Franklin is unique in that he's more a master of ceremonies and choir leader than anything else, which means Hero's ambitious, often intricate compositions are meant for others to sing and make their own. In this case, the guest list is an endless parade of gospel luminaries new and established, including Yolanda Adams, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Marvin Winans, J. Moss, Tye Tribbett, and Franklin's own terrific backup vocalists. Not surprisingly, these collaborations represent Hero's churchier side, which can range from explosive ("Could've Been") and dramatic ("Hero") one moment to demure and understated the next ("Afterwhile," "Brokenhearted"). Stylistically, though, Franklin is at his best when he ventures outside of gospel into realms his peers rarely visit, like disco-pop ("Looking for You"), classic R&B ("Keep Your Head"), '80s pop
ock ("Let It Go"), and soul ("Why," featuring none other than Stevie Wonder). It's these out of the box experiments with their winsome throwback samples, horns, thumping beats, and those versatile backup vocalists that reveal the why of Franklin's superstar status in gospel: he's not just an artist, but a multifaceted entertainer, producer, songwriter, and arranger -- a tireless renaissance man who has rightfully earned his place as the best-selling artist in the history of the genre he loves.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/04/2005
Label:
Gospocentric
UPC:
0828767101927
catalogNumber:
71019
Rank:
33857

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kirk Franklin   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Rap,Mini Moog
African Children's Choir   Vocals
Elizabeth Wilson   Violin
Terry Baker   Drums
Robert Brosseau   Violin
Dorinda Clark-Cole   Vocals
Assa Drori   Violin
Jeff Driskill   Alto Clarinet
Sheila E.   Percussion
Clare Fischer   Conductor
Brent Fischer   Violin,Conductor,Cymbals,Timpani
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Katie Kirkpatrick   Harp
Earl Madison   Cello
Miguel Martinez   Cello
Jorge Moraga   Viola
Irma Neumann   Violin
Kazi Pitelka   Viola
Karie Prescott   Viola
Don Smith   Cello
Sheridon Stokes   Flute
Lee Thornburg   Trumpet
Ryan Toby   Percussion
Stevie Wonder   Vocals
Shari Zippert   Violin
Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon   Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Renita Koven   Viola
Jason Champion   Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Todd Parsnow   Guitar
Matt Butler   Cello
Andre Harris   Percussion,Multi Instruments
Myron Butler   Vocals
Nikki Ross   Vocals,Soprano (Vocal)
Shaun Martin   Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Mini Moog
Brian Benning   Violin
Humberto Ruiz   Trombone
Vidal Davis   Percussion,Multi Instruments
Jana Bell   Vocals,Alto (Vocal)
Ashley Guilbert   Vocals,Alto (Vocal)
J Moss   Vocals
Daphanie Wright   Vocals,Soprano (Vocal)
Jamie Hovorka   Trumpet
Jason Boyd   Percussion
Paulie Cerra   Saxophone
Phillip D. Feather   Bass Clarinet,Oboe
Tye Tribbett   Vocals
Sally Berman   Violin
Anthony Lavon Evans   Vocals
Erica Davis   Vocals,Alto (Vocal)
Faith Anderson   Vocals,Soprano (Vocal)
Chuck Koontz   Tuba
Don Shelton   Clarinet
Jason Bell   Guitar
Terri Baker   Drums
Braylon Lacy   Electric Bass
Dave Monsch   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

P.C. Bailey   Composer
Assa Drori   Principal
Clare Fischer   Orchestral Arrangements
Brent Fischer   Orchestral Arrangements
Kirk Franklin   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
A. Harris   Composer
Chris Godbey   Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Andre Harris   Producer
Shaun Martin   Programming,Producer,drum programming,Additional Music
Max Siegel   Executive Producer
Vidal Davis   Producer
Courtney Walter   Art Direction
Jessie Hurst   Executive Producer
V. Davis   Composer
Carla Williams   Executive Producer
Bill Airey Smith   Engineer
Ernie Green   Additional Music
Mike Tsarfati   Engineer
Eric Hartman   Engineer

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Hero 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was channel surfing and stumbled on the Stellar Awards. Kirk Franklin pulled me in thru the flat screen of my life that now has dimension previously unknown. His amazing stage production/rendition of 'Let It Go' changed every stereotyped thought I ignorantly held --along with misguided notions of who the 'real' men are...washed away...the girl let it go. Now there is room...to let love in. Thank you Kirk!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If there is one dynamic person who is an example of the redemptiveness of following of the Christian Faith and does not back down from it, it is Kirk Franklin.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kirk does it again, giving us awesome music to worship to. A lot of the music hits close to home and the song titled "Looking For You" always brings me up when the devil's trying to get me down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most honest album of contemporary gospel music I've ever heard. Brilliant! It speaks of human struggles, life and death, but gives glory to the Lord Jesus Christ. Radical and cutting edge, this is the direction of gospel today. These are messages from the street. It reminds me of Larry Norman's songs with it's honesty.
Guest More than 1 year ago
KIRK IS WRITTING AND SINGING THE HEART BEAT OF GOD TO HURTING AND STRUGGLING PEOPLE IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD WHO MAY BE TO AFRAID TO SAY WHAT THEIR REALLY GOING THROUGHT BECAUSE THE CHURCH IS TO AFRAID TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE EVEN AFTER THE HOLY GHOST COME ON YOU THE STRUGGLE SOMETIMES IS STILL THERE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The lyrics and music are explosive. Kirk keeps it real. It's an uplifting and encouraging album, for ALL BELIEVERS. Kirk allowes God to speak His love through him. This is FRESH, heart felt balm from God to sooth the hurt. This is not a remix of the same old, same old. BUY IT NOW.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best album, that I have heard in a long time.... A very honest, come as you are album..... Go buy it.... Kirk Franklin bless you :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
KIRK OPENS HIMSELF COMPLETELY ON THIS ONE! I'M SO GRATEFUL TO HIM FOR BEING OBEDIENT TO THE SPIRIT. I KNOW THIS ALBUM WILL TOUCH AND SET FORTH DELIVERANCE FOR MANY. FOR ALL THOSE THAT DON'T BELIEVE IN HIS CALLING, JUST LISTEN TO HIM. THE SPIRIT IN THE BROTHER IS GOING TO GRAB YOU NO MATTER HOW YOU TRY TO DOUBT...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best releases that Kirk Franklin has come out with!! Not only do the songs have a great message but they are ones that anyone can relate to!! Yes I give it more than 5 stars I give it 10!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This entire cd was outstanding but "Imagine Me" really hit home for me. I was going through a lot and it really helped me realize that I need to put all my trust in Jesus and learn to love myself before I tried to love someone else. Now I truly believe that Jesus is the only thing that can heal the scars left by life's battle wounds.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best CDs out there no matter what the catagory. I am 41 and I love it but I can see where some oldheads will not like it. If you want very good music with a true message this is a must have. Parents must buy for their teens in this day and age. It has a message they will understand. This was worth the waite.
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