The Fight of My Life

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
In the mid-2000s, fans, critics and the Recording Academy couldn't heap enough praise on Kanye West's brilliant, visionary fusion of rap/hip-hop with classic pop textures. But long before West was dominating the pop scene, Kirk Franklin was bringing this same type of cross-genre genius to the gospel world. While he was something of a breakout superstar of his genre in the '90s, he also was creating amazing faith based projects well into the 2000s. Beginning with a boxing ring bell and running close to 80 minutes over 16 tracks, The Fight of My Life packs a multi-faceted emotional punch that might challenge fans of only feel-good, happy expressions of "God is Great, all ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
In the mid-2000s, fans, critics and the Recording Academy couldn't heap enough praise on Kanye West's brilliant, visionary fusion of rap/hip-hop with classic pop textures. But long before West was dominating the pop scene, Kirk Franklin was bringing this same type of cross-genre genius to the gospel world. While he was something of a breakout superstar of his genre in the '90s, he also was creating amazing faith based projects well into the 2000s. Beginning with a boxing ring bell and running close to 80 minutes over 16 tracks, The Fight of My Life packs a multi-faceted emotional punch that might challenge fans of only feel-good, happy expressions of "God is Great, all the time" type songs. Exulting in shouts, interjections, and his trademark talk-rap style over an exuberant female choir, bright orchestrations, and edgy scratches, Franklin uses a brilliant reworking of the Kenny Loggins-Michael McDonald lite pop classic "This Is It" to fashion his upfront statement of faith "Declaration (This Is It)." Through this track, he attributes his ability to come through all his trials to the Almighty's grace, but later, he (or rather, his female entourage) reflects refreshingly on his doubts on the gorgeous, heartfelt ballad "Help Me Believe." Then comes "Hide Me," in which he feels lost in life; while not understanding God's ways, he seeks shelter to help his faith grow. More than simply, wonderfully honest, ultra-hip gospel, this is modern-day Psalming at its best. Blending grooves, horn textures, choir textures and in your face rap, the fight constantly balances trust ("He Will Supply," "Jesus") with the darker issues confronting the idea of maintaining faith in a difficult world. The angry, blistering rock guitar driving "I Am God" underscores the tension of wanting to break free while God keeps pursuing and asking for our trust; this track breaks the typical Franklin mold and sounds more like crackling, anthemic Christian rock. The message is always the artist's focus, but with so many tracks, the stylistic diversity (from buoyant, atmospheric '70s disco on "Still in Love" to the tribal African vibe of "I Like Me" and the torchy ballad "Chains") makes the disc a soul-stirring blast from start to finish. This is one fight that will leave the listener smiling through the bruises. All contemporary gospel should be this musically joyful and lyrically raw and honest.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/18/2007
  • Label: Gospocentric
  • UPC: 886971677225
  • Catalog Number: 716772
  • Sales rank: 32,611

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:25)
  2. 2 Declaration (This Is It!) (4:24)
  3. 3 Little Boy - Isaac Carree (5:07)
  4. 4 Help Me Believe (6:51)
  5. 5 Hide Me (5:14)
  6. 6 How It Used to Be (4:53)
  7. 7 He Will Supply (4:26)
  8. 8 Jesus! (3:43)
  9. 9 I Am God (5:05)
  10. 10 It Would Take All Day (5:11)
  11. 11 A Whole Nation - Donovan Owens (4:59)
  12. 12 Still in Love (5:19)
  13. 13 I Like Me - Da' T.R.U.T.H. (3:05)
  14. 14 Chains (7:28)
  15. 15 Still (In Control) - Doug Williams (5:12)
  16. 16 The Last Jesus (5:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kirk Franklin Primary Artist, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Hand Clapping, Spoken Word
Terry Baker Percussion, Drums
Lloyd Barry Trumpet
Pablo Batista Percussion
Pete Brewer Flute
Doc Powell Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Mark Kibble Children's Voices
Ann McCrary Vocals
Doug Moffet Saxophone
Tommy Neal Vocals, Background Vocals
Peter Nocella Viola
Keith Taylor Bass Guitar
Caltomeesh West Vocals
Darrell Blair Vocals
Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
John Michael Gray Background Vocals
Anthony Brown Background Vocals
Carl Cox Saxophone
Vinnie Ciesielski Trumpet
Melonie Daniels Vocals
Olga Konopelsky Violin
Emma Kummrow Violin
Todd Parsnow Guitar
Igor Szwec Violin
Gregory Teperman Violin
Matt Butler Cello
Roy Agee Trombone
Todd Baker Drums
Myron Butler Vocals
Isaac Carree Vocals
Nikki Ross Vocals
Shaun Martin Percussion, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Hand Clapping, Hammond B3
Joe Johnson Saxophone
Todd Lawton Bass Guitar
Ric Robbins Turntables, DJ
Jana Bell Vocals
Ashley Guilbert Vocals, Background Vocals
Steve Reid Horn
Daphanie Wright Vocals
tobyMac Vocals
Jeff Bradshaw Trombone
Matt Cappy Trumpet
Wendy Allen Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
James Hill Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Elizabeth Lamb Viola
Chloe Kibble Children's Voices
Anaysha Figueroa Vocals, Background Vocals
AyRon Lewis Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Ernie Green DJ
Keith Anderson Horn, Horn Section
Jennie Lorenzo Cello
Ghislaine Fleischmann Violin
Anthony Evans Vocals
Sari Reist Cello
Erica Davis Vocals
John Gray Background Vocals
Tre Nagella Guitar
Audrey D. Anderson Choir, Chorus
Carl Cox Jr. Saxophone
Ryan Edgar Vocals
Tim Rosenau Guitar
Sheri Jones-Moffett Vocals
Kenyel Jetton Children's Voices
Deonis "Pumah" Cook Vocals
Lady Joy Hill Vocals
Rodney Carter Choir, Chorus
Phillip Lassiter Horn, Horn Section
Luigi Mazzocchi Violin
Donovan Owens Vocals
Jahi Allen Vocals, Children's Voices
Faith Anderson Vocals
Jacorah Beasley Vocals, Children's Voices
Jaylen Beasley Vocals, Children's Voices
Erica Bedford Vocals
Bible Fellowship Choir Choir, Chorus
LaTonya Blair Vocals
C. Renee Borner Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Anthony Brown Choir, Chorus
Autumn Cannon Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Javian Carr Vocals, Children's Voices
Sonya Chism Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Choir Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Esther D. Collins Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Rahsaan Currie Vocals, Background Vocals
Natasha Duskin Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Jared Foster Vocals, Background Vocals
Carrington Franklin Vocals
Seth Ganwer Violin
Shalece Gibson Vocals, Children's Voices
Rita Giddings-Johnson Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Qai Gordon Vocals, Children's Voices
Quincy Gordon Children's Voices
Zaire Gordon Vocals, Children's Voices
Jeremiah Haynes Hand Clapping, Hand Clapping
Amy Helman Violin
LaCracha Holley Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Michael Holub Viola
LaTonya James Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Tracey Jenkins Vocals, Children's Voices
Acaylia Johnson Vocals, Children's Voices
Felicia Johnson Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Jakaylin Jones Vocals, Children's Voices
Emerald Joseph Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Denzell Woodward Vocals
Alondra Johnson Vocals
Kenyel Jetton Vocals
Chloe Nicole Kibble Vocals
LaKeisha Wilson Background Vocals
Brian Romero Smith Background Vocals
Marilis Lima Background Vocals
DaBoyz'nBarry Strings, Horn
Senia Santos Vocals
Charmaine Swimpson Vocals, Background Vocals
Ashley Guilbet Vocals
Toni Jenkins Vocals
Donnis C. Thomas Background Vocals
Kurt W. Lykes Vocals
Rosalind Reece Background Vocals
Ernest "Ernie G" Green Turntables
Mark Ryan Kibble Vocals
Joy Hill Vocals
Wayne DeLano Horn
Ernest "Erie G" Green Turntables
Quincy Gordon Vocals
Dapanie Wright Vocals
Jenia Smith Background Vocals
Peter Maxberry Jr. Background Vocals
Devon Pettis Background Vocals
Jalon Caldwell Vocals
Erica Davis Vocals
Maulik Smith Hand Clapping
Jonathan David Wyatt Keyboards, Hammond B3
Jordan Wilson Vocals
Charlene B. Smith Vocals
Revoydia Richardson Background Vocals
Rodney Lawson Guitar
LaTonya Blair Vocals
Warren Ramsey Background Vocals
Tim Titshford Horn
Cornell Woodward Vocals
Jade Caldwell Vocals
D'Shondra Rideout Background Vocals
Henrietta Vinson Background Vocals
Aletha R. Miller Background Vocals
Robert "Sput" Searight Drums
Charls Dixon Violin
Bobby Suiters Background Vocals
Malik Baker Vocals
Princess Nelson Vocals
Vornadette Simpson Background Vocals
Angela McCarter Background Vocals
Melodie Davis Vocals
Raven Bullock Vocals
Artherene D. Williams Background Vocals
Joy Fernandez Background Vocals
Brian Haley Drums
Lyndsay Pruett Violin
Trenity Scott Vocals
Alexandria Johnson Vocals
Austin Symlar Vocals
Katrice M. Williams Background Vocals
Kyndal Robertson Background Vocals
Lilien S. Lima Background Vocals
Tim Tishford Horn
Derrick J. Morrison Background Vocals
Audrey Anderson Background Vocals
Duane Coleman Background Vocals
Lindsey Smith-Trostle Cello
Braylon Lacy Upright Bass
Rodney Carter Background Vocals
Dave Monsch Horn
Gabe Patillo Background Vocals
Charles Parker Violin
Technical Credits
Kenny Loggins Composer
Michael McDonald Composer
Lloyd Barry Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Kirk Franklin Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Executive Producer, Audio Production
Larry Gold String Arrangements
Bryan Lennox Engineer
Harold Martin Producer
Herb Powers Mastering
Jon Smeltz Vocal Engineer
Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon Programming
Chris Godbey Engineer
Shaun Martin Programming
Jessie Hurst Executive Producer
Carla Williams Executive Producer
Jeff Bradshaw Horn Arrangements
Jeff Gilligan Art Direction
Ryan Moys Percussion Engineer
Tre Nagella Engineer, Digital Editing, drum programming
Jeff Cain Digital Editing
Eric Hartman Engineer
Phillip Lassiter Horn Arrangements, Flute Arrangement
James "Jazzy" Jordan Executive Producer
Harold Martin Audio Production
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