by Kirk Franklin & the Family Kirk Franklin & the Family


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It's not surprising that Kirk Franklin's second album, Christmas, sold over 500,000 copies in the first 14 weeks after it was released. This album is filled with 11 Christmas songs presented in true Franklin fashion. The album begins with calypso-like music and a sincere Christmas greeting from Franklin. Then the man and his 17 backup singers (the Family) begin singing an abbreviated version of "Silent Night" before proceeding to sing about God's amazing love in "Now Behold the Lamb." Both these songs are presented in a mellow, traditional gospel style, allowing the listener to relax. Just as the listener is lulled into a sense of tranquility, the album goes into an upbeat, contemporary hip-hop song, "Jesus Is the Reason for the Season." It's a slight jolt to the system because it's unexpected, but the song is worth the little shock. Although the lyrics aren't profound, the song is entertaining and will leave the listener wanting to get up, dance, and proclaim, "Jesus IS the reason!" "Jesus Is the Reason for the Season" and "Now Behold a Lamb" are the songs that make this album. Both were hits on CCM radio, and the album is worth getting for these songs alone. Unfortunately, the album's impact decreases after the third track. The only other noteworthy song is "They Need to Know." The remaining seven songs are good, but lack the edge that drew the listener to the album in the first place.

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/16/2011
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886979342026
catalogNumber: 793420
Rank: 7953


  1. Silent Night
  2. Now Behold the Lamb
  3. Jesus is the Reason For the Season
  4. Go Tell It On the Mountain
  5. They Need To Know
  6. There's No Christmas Without You
  7. O Come All Ye Faithful
  8. The Night That Christ Was Born
  9. Thank You For Your Child
  10. Love Song
  11. Silver & Gold

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kirk Franklin & the Family   Primary Artist
Buster Brown   Synthesizer Overdubs
Kirk Franklin   Vocals
Ray Fuller   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Rickey Grundy   Strings
Donald Hayes   Saxophone
Jeanette Johnson   Vocals
Shavoni   Synthesizer Overdubs
Sheila Brice   Vocals
Dalon Collins   Vocals
Tamela Mann   Vocals
Jerome Allen   Bass
Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon   Organ,Keyboards
Bobby Sparks   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Carrie Young-Davis   Vocals
Stephanie Glynn   Vocals
God's Property   Background Vocals
Keisha Grandy   Vocals
Chris Simpson   Vocals
Dee Clinkscale   Vocal Ad-Libs
David Mann   Vocals
Erik Morgan   Drums

Technical Credits

Buster Brown   Engineer,Percussion Overdubs
Kirk Franklin   Arranger,Composer
Shavoni   Percussion Overdubs
Stephanie Glynn   Composer
Wendy McFadden   Art Direction
Myron Butler   Composer
Craig Burbioge   Engineer
David Mann   Composer

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