The Rebirth of Kirk Franklinby Kirk Franklin
When talking about gospel star Kirk Franklin, the term "rebirth" is something of a redundancy -- after all, Franklin continues to reinvent himself, whether it's as a child prodigy/music minister, a multi-platinum solo artist, or a Svengali steering gospel choir God's Property onto MTV's heavy rotation. Franklin now invites listeners to witness the latest transformation with the autobiographical Rebirth of Kirk Franklin. Known for blending traditional gospel, urban hip-hop, and Latin styles into a unique, cohesive style, on Rebirth Franklin adds spoken-word vignettes into the mix with dramatic effect. One of the most touching is the opening intro, in which a woman begs her mother to take her baby "one last time," while her impatient boyfriend honks in the background -- we're reminded that Franklin's own mother abandoned him as an infant in the care of his great-aunt. Elsewhere, "911" is a powerful dialogue between Franklin and Bishop T. D. Jakes in which the former shares his distress over the September 11th attacks. On the musical front Franklin continues to break new ground, whether he's artfully weaving Rich Mullins's "Awesome God" into the Latin-tinged "He Reigns" or melding harmonica, opera, hard rock, and rap in "Throw Yo Hands Up," which features dcTalk's tobymac. Other special guests include Pastor Shirley Caesar, Jaci Velasquez, Crystal Lewis, Donnie McClurkin, Trin-i-tee 5:7, Alvin Slaughter, and the late gospel great Willie Neal Johnson. With this incarnation, Franklin remains a force to be reckoned with.
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- Caught Up
- The Blood Song
- Brighter Day
- My Life, My Love, My All
- Lookin' Out for Me
- He Reigns (The Medley)
- Don't Cry
- The Transition
- When I Get There
- Outro (The Blood)
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- Throw Yo Hands Up
Performance CreditsKirk Franklin Primary Artist
Willie Neal Johnson Track Performer
Richard Smallwood Piano
John Gray Background Vocals
Eric Darken Percussion
Crystal Lewis Track Performer
Yolanda Adams Track Performer
Papa San Track Performer
Mark Baldwin Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Terry Baker Drums
Jim Horn Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
David Huntsinger Piano
Donnie McClurkin Track Performer
Chris McDonald Trombone
Michelle Robinson Vocals
Keith Taylor Bass
Alvin Slaughter Track Performer
Tamela Mann Background Vocals
Bobby Sparks Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Eric Dawkins Background Vocals
Michael Robinson Piano
Jaci Velasquez Track Performer
Vinnie Ciesielski Trumpet
Todd Parsnow Acoustic Guitar
Myron Butler Vocals,Background Vocals
Shaun Martin Keyboards
Shanika Leeks Vocals
Joyce Hill Vocals
Quintin Ware Trumpet
Jana Bell Vocals
Ashley Guilbert Vocals,Background Vocals
Sheila Ingram Vocals
Brandon Kizer Vocals
Frank Lawson Vocals
Candy West Vocals,Background Vocals
Joy Willis Vocals
Daphanie Wright Vocals
Donald Wright Vocals
tobyMac Track Performer
Nathan Young Vocals
Faith Anderson Vocals
Angel Taylor Background Vocals
Technical CreditsLloyd Barry Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Kirk Franklin Producer,Executive Producer
Carl Gorodetzky String Conductor
Michael Hanson Engineer
Sanchez Harley Producer
Brent King Engineer
Chris McDonald String Arrangements
Mark Nevers Engineer
Doug Sarrett Engineer
Bobby Sparks Arranger,Producer
M. Robinson Arranger
Dan Wilburn Engineer
Chris Godbey Producer,Engineer
Vicki Mack Lataillade Executive Producer
Myron Butler Arranger
Shaun Martin Arranger
Shanika Leeks Arranger
Claude Lataillade Executive Producer
Wendy Jones Art Direction
Hal Fitzgerald Engineer
Jessie Hurst Executive Producer
Timothy Powell Engineer
Reed Hall Media Consultant
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This is a dynamic CD that was carefully composed by the man himself, brought to us through Kirk Franklin. If you love old spirituals, hip hop gospel, or raggae, this is the CD for you. Kirk brings the sprit of the Lord to you in a new and spectacular way. You can definitely tell that he is growing spiritually. This is the best CD he has made yet. Actually, I pray that it does not get better than this, because if it does, I am afraid.
what more can i say? this album is a hit. it's for everyone to listen to. it's got great gospel tracks. it's the best of kirk franklin so far and i can assure you, this is just the beginning. u would be surprised as to the tricks kirk has under his sleeve.
This CD is wonderful, it is truly ministering to my spirit. GOD is truly using Kirk. It is well-blended CD.There is something on here for everyone. My personal favorite is ''The Blood Song'' and He Reigns.
Kirk comes strong with yet another one with Rebirth all I can say is it's tight spiritually uplifting, I love the album from beginning til end keep em coming Kirk!!!
Hey, I love his cd, it's great!.It is a blessing.My favorite song r Hosanna,911, some others. Be Blessed.
The album is absolutely wonderful from the beginning, you are hooked to the chorus of beats and throughout you feel the worship they were experiencing in that place. It is a great mix of genres and different artists. Many of the songs really speak to you, I could't even tell you my favourite because i can listen to every song. But if i had to it would be Hosanna and 911.
I didn't think it was possible but this CD touched me deeper than The Nu-Nation Project. I dare anyone to listen to songs like: The Blood Song, Don't Cry, Always and My Life, My Love, My All and not re-evaluate your relationship with Jesus.
God has really called you by name He has blessed you with the gift of writing song and Ministering to our hearts and soul. I'm a choir director in Jamaica and the group has sung so many of your songs we all have every one of you albums but something about rebirth the one that ministers to me Powerful is My life, My love, My all. Continue my brother in Christ GOD has your seat in heaven Amen.
This CD is awesome!!!! It is the best all around CD since Pages of Life (Fred Hammond). I am enjoying everytrack, especially 2,7,13 and 14 those are my favorites!
This is the very best cd that the LORD has inspired Kirk to write! My life is changed. You begin to feel the presence of GOD has you begin to praise him in the song ''Hosanna'' 911 gives you something to relate to. It's not just about a catchey beat, the words touch the heart and cause you to get before the LORD! THE BEST! Experience the REBIRTH!
The rebirth of Kirk franklin is an awesome cd. Its just another great project by Kirk Franklin. He brings the house down in his new cd. I would recommend this to anyone. Thanks
I pray Mr. Franklin reads some of the responses to this CD. God DEFINITLY used him and all who worked on this one. It will have have you Bouncing, kneeling / crying , but most of all Worshiping. Listen to Gods words for YOUR SELF. Thank You Kirk!!
I enjoyed every minute of it. This album is one of Kirk Franklin's greatest, ever.
Kirk's new CD, ''The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin,'' is a GREAAAAAAAAAT CD!!! I'm telling everyone, ''You've got to buy this CD NOW! It's A Must Have! They are Running Out!'' I Love This Cd because, I can relate to almost every song on this album! If you listen to this album for the first time, you'll love it just like I do! Or you'll love it, just like all of his other albums! GO BUY IT NOW! Even if you can't buy it now, listen to it over the internet. It's Great!
I must say that this record has ministered to me from the beginning to the end. The heart moving Intro to the Blood Outro. Plus its bonus tracks.Hosanna is one of the most up beat praise songs I have ever heard in a long time. When there are songs that minister to every sphere of your being and bring you divine inspiration, then you know you have hit the Heavenly Jackpot. The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin does just that. Kirk and his family never cease to bless me with every album or sing they release. A word Micah 7:8 Rejoice not against me mine enemy, when I fall I shall arise, when I am in darkness the Lord shall be a light unto me. Be blessed!!!!!!!!
I REALLY ENJOYED THIS. IT WAS VERY ENJOYABLE. KIRK REACHES OUT TO EVERYONE EVEN CHILDREN, AND I THINK ALL ADULTS NEED TO ENCOURAGE OUR YOUTH BECAUSE THEY ARE OUR FUTURE. IF OUR FUTURE HAS NOT BEEN TAUGHT, THEN WHAT WILL THIS WORLD BECOME? PARENTS SHOULD TALK WITH THEIR CHILDREN AND EXPRESS FEELINGS. THE YOUTH OF THIS TIME NEEDS LOVE AND SUPPORT. SO MANY THINGS ARE HAPPENING AROUND THEM AND WHEN THEY DO HAVE A NEED TO TALK, THE PARENTS DOOR IS CLOSED. SO BASICALLY PARENTS TELL YOUR CHILDREN HOW TO LIVE, TO SUCCEED BECAUSE THERE IS A NEED TO KNOW.
love it man because it does something to me.
The title is exactly what it is! Kirk Franklin reached way back and pulled out his truly God given talents on this CD. Our choir at Great Commission Baptist Church in Fort Worth sings a lot of his songs and you really feel what you sing. That's when you know it's real. One of Kirk's back up singers ''Frank'' is our organ player and a member of our church! We love you Kirk!
This newest album by Kirk Franklin is definitely one to have in your collection. The selections are uplifting and will fill your soul with joy and happiness. Together, the voices of the featured artists and the skills of the musicians and not forgetting those who wrote the songs, makes this album the greatest work of Kirk Franklin yet. Don't delay, buy it! It's worth it!!!!!!
This is the best album i've heard from kirk. Its truly anointed and he did it without loosing his flair. It will make you cry, dance and just worship God. This solidifies his place in history as one of the best songwriters ever.
I truly enjoyed this gift to God. It really touches the soul. His words a gift and they most definately come from the most high. His slow songs really touch me in a special place I listen to this gift every day. Thank you Kirk and keep on being blessed by the Lord. Davaughn S.
This extremely truthful cd is the ultimate in contemporary gospel.Once again Franklin attempts, and prevails in reaching the urban and rap ,music listeners.His very relevant songs ,such as 911,hit home to the anxiety an fear many peolple felt during the W.T.C. attacks.Kirk Franklin truly proves himself a musical master with this cd.
this cd is a blessing!! can iget an amen!? God really used him to create this cd!! it is just awesome. when my friends and i got this, we listened to it for a whole week!!! this cd has so much meaning behind, it is really powerful. 911, really speaks to me too! it's an awesome CD.
All I can say is glory to God for this CD. I have to admit I have not always been a fan of Kirk. I thought some of his songs were too radical and wordly. Oh but the Lord sure does know how to get the glory from anything and everything that he wants. This CD is awesome and I have to admit the Spirit of the Lord flows everytime I play it. My God...My God... My favorite songs are Always and Why do you Cry. Whewwwwweeeee the anointing. Glorayyyyy!! Anyways let me calm down for you all think I am nuts. I would recommend this CD highly for anyone who truly wants to worship the Lord. May the Lord bless and keep you all. Glory to the Most High God!!!
Ecstatically pleased with this. Recommend to anyone that wants to be moved!