Kirk Franklin and the Family

Kirk Franklin and the Family

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A landmark album, Kirk Franklin & the Family's self-titled debut was a major factor in the explosive growth of gospel in the '90s. Powered by the anthemic smash hit "Why We Sing," it launched Franklin onto the music scene and ushered gospel to mainstream heights and platinum success. The stirring gospel love songs served notice of Franklin's strength as songwriter,… See more details below

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A landmark album, Kirk Franklin & the Family's self-titled debut was a major factor in the explosive growth of gospel in the '90s. Powered by the anthemic smash hit "Why We Sing," it launched Franklin onto the music scene and ushered gospel to mainstream heights and platinum success. The stirring gospel love songs served notice of Franklin's strength as songwriter, while the emotionally charged live setting gave the set breadth -- from the foot-stompin', up-tempo choir sounds of "He Can Handle It" to the Latin-infused samba beats of "Speak to Me" to Franklin's signature smooth, melodic ballads "Silver & Gold" and "Letter to My Friend." Hailed as the gospel anthem of the '90s, the contagious lyrics of "Why We Sing" gave the nation's church community a self-defining song of purpose; the flawless, soaring performance seems to capture angels in vocal flight.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rodney Batdorf
Kirk Franklin & the Family's eponymous debut album is a stunningly assured blend of old-fashioned gospel, contemporary soul, and hip-hop. Franklin remains, in his words, a "church boy," but he doesn't hesitate to embrace the conventions and styles of contemporary R&B, which results in some inspired, unexpected fusions. It is truly a record that updates, recontextualizes, and redefines what contemporary gospel can mean in the '90s.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/07/1998
Label:
Gospocentric
UPC:
0757517001029
catalogNumber:
70010

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kirk Franklin & the Family   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Kirk Franklin   Indexed Contributor,Vocals
Bryan Cole   Choir, Chorus
Arthur Dyer   Musical Direction
Terry Young   Vocals
Darrell Blair   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Sheila Brice   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Cassandra Cleveland   Vocals
Byron Cole   Vocals
Dalon Collins   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Demetrius Herefort   Vocals
Tamela Mann   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Yolanda McDonald   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Terri Pace   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Ramona White   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jerome Allen   Bass
Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon   Keyboards
Eric Morgan   Drums
Bobby Sparks   Keyboards
Duane Starling   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Nelda Washington   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Teresa Young   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Carnie Young-Davis   Vocals
Keisha Grandy   Choir, Chorus
Janette Williams   Choir, Chorus
Anthony Thomas   Leader,Vocals
David A. Mann   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Tommy Colter   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Joe Ligon   Engineer
Kevin Bond   Remixing
John Drummond   Contributor
Arthur Dyer   Producer,Musical Director,overdub engineer
Kirk Franklin   Arranger,Liner Notes,Vocal Arrangements
Rodney Frazier   Producer,overdub engineer
Steve Lowery   Engineer
Keith Rust   Engineer
Mark Williams   Engineer,Remixing
Paul Christiansen   Engineer
Donald Lawrence   Remixing
Toni Smith   Director
Wendy McFadden   Art Direction
Vicki Mack Lataillade   Executive Producer
Sarah Brewington   Art Direction
Steve Haldeman   Mastering
Tom L. Smith   Director

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