20 Things You Probably Didn't Know About: Kirk Franklin
- Friday, April 30, 2004
11. Surprising selections
Along with the albums you might expect to find among his CDs, Kirk also owns Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers and John Mayer CDs.
10. Dream Team
Kirk and tobyMac joined forces last year for “I Have A Dream: The Tour” as a musical statement of racial unity. Asked to divulge a Toby tidbit, Kirk laughs. “He’s really black.”
9. The Dream Goes On
Kirk hints there will be an encore of that tour. “I wished more people could’ve experienced the power and anointing,” he says. Stay tuned for details.
8. Safe at Home
Yes, Kirk is a natural performer; but he’s also at home, at home. “My desire is to be a passionate father and attentive husband,” he asserts. He loves going to movies and Chuck E. Cheese’s with his kids to “watch them have what I never had.” While most gospel music is based in Nashville, Detroit or Los Angeles, he remains true to his roots in Dallas. “It’s all I’ve ever known.”
7. Extended Family
Technically, Kirk is a solo artist; but he always travels with a posse of stellar singers and musicians. In his search for talent, he looks for people with “great hearts. It always starts with the heart of the person,” Kirk says. He views his relationship with his ensembles as one of being “a big brother or father figure.”
6. Thumbs Up!
Among his favorite movies are "The Godfather" trilogy, "Glory" and "Philadelphia."
5. Look out, Denzel
He has contributed to movie soundtracks, including "Prince of Egypt", "The Preacher’s Wife" and "Get On the Bus." He also spent some time in front of the camera for World Wide Pictures’ "Something to Sing About." He and gospel powerhouse Donnie McClurkin are reportedly on tap for a family-friendly film to be shot this year for 20th Century Fox.
4. Righteous Reading
Looking for something to inspire you? Kirk recommends "Grace Walk" by Steve McVey (Harvest House).
Currently, Kirk is tuned into Proverbs 3:5. Go ahead – look it up.
2. Turning Up the Heat
No matter how he dresses, Kirk always leaves an indelible image. Foremost fashion faux pas: dressing for an outside venue when the service was held indoors. It wasn’t just the music that was hot.
1. Speaking of Hot
Kirk confesses, “I’m still not where I want to be in my walk, but I’m in hot pursuit of Him.”
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