Any great gospel music line up will include hits by the amazingly talented Kirk Franklin. Bringing the flare of contemporary and hints of R&B to the genre, Franklin is considered by many to have been a leader in the change of gospel to a new-age vibe. He was one of the first to mold a gospel message into the R&B. His contemporary notes may have made him a household name, but this consummate professional also remained loyal at times to traditional gospel roots.
Franklin’s craftsmanship is evident in his remake of Bill Withers’ “Lean On Me”. A huge fan of Withers, Franklin included super stars R. Kelly, Mary J. Blige, Bono, and Crystal Lewis & The Family to give this classic a fresh and soulful sound. Another Kirk Franklin remake of the Bill Withers classic “Gonna Be A Lovely Day” immediately connected him with younger listeners.
Although Franklin has many successful singles to his credit, the 1996 release of “Stomp” is considered by many to be his most stellar. This song featuring Salt-N-Pepa rapper, Cheryl James and co-written by Franklin, George Clinton, Jr., Garry Shider, Walter Morrison, charted on Billboards R&B mainstream airplay throughout the 90s.
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