Rebirth of Kirk Franklin

The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin

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by 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


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.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim A. Smith
This project is as close as it gets to having a true, bona fide masterpiece. The artistic genius of Kirk Franklin weaves through each of the 17 songs included on this gem. The title of this project, The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin, says it all. Musically speaking, he has been born again. The project effectively mixes live tracks recorded in Houston, TX, in early 2001, with some stellar studio tracks. Many naysayers have unjustly criticized Franklin for departing the successful formula of this self-titled debut project, which included the mega-hit "Why We Sing." Well, in that regards, he has returned to the traditional/contemporary-flavored mix of his early work, only with a more progressive feel. Franklin has never been noted or recognized for his singing ability, a fact that he readily recognizes, sticking ever closely to his spoken-word rap. He relies on his talented background vocalist, along with the all-star list of special guests, to take care of the vocal chores. Featured throughout are such artists as Donnie McClurkin, Crystal Lewis, Jackie Velazquez, Shirley Caesar, Richard Smallwood, the late Willie Neal Johnson, Yolanda Adams, and Bishop T.D. Jakes, among others, with the latter joining Franklin on the track "911." There is also a hidden bonus track entitled "J Train," featuring Franklin and DC Talk's Tobymac. The true brilliance of Kirk Franklin shines again.

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kirk 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 Credits

Lloyd 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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The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey, I love his cd, it's great!.It is a blessing.My favorite song r Hosanna,911, some others. Be Blessed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed every minute of it. This album is one of Kirk Franklin's greatest, ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
love it man because it does something to me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ecstatically pleased with this. Recommend to anyone that wants to be moved!