Kirk Franklin”Singer/Songwriter & Producer

One of contemporary gospel music’s brightest and most enduring stars, singer, songwriter, and producer Kirk Franklin emerged in the early ’90s leading the Texas-based choir the Family, whose platinum-selling 1993 debut, Kirk Franklin & the Family, proved not only to be a chart-topping gospel success, but crossed over to the R&B and pop charts as well. This crossover appeal would prove to be a recurring theme in Franklin’s collaborations with the Family (1996’s Whatcha Lookin’ 4) and another choir, God’s Property (1998’s The Nu Nation Project), as well as in his subsequent solo career, which he announced with 2002’s The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin. His fondness for collaborations within secular and Christian music circles and his innate knack for combining charismatic urban gospel with R&B, soul, and hip-hop appealed to a wide audience, which helped Franklin remain both a perennial chart success and multiple Grammy winner, which he proved over and over with albums like 2005’s Hero, 2011’s Hello Fear, and 2015’s Losing My Religion
Abandoned by his mother and having never known his father, Franklin was raised in Fort Worth, Texas, by his Aunt Gertrude, a deeply religious woman who maintained a strict Baptist household. When he was four years old, his aunt paid for his piano lessons by collecting aluminum cans. A natural musician who could sight-read and play by ear with equal facility, Franklin received his first contract offer at the age of seven, which his aunt promptly turned down. At age 11, he was leading the Mt. Rose Baptist Church adult choir near Dallas. Following a period of teenage rebellion, during which a close friend of his was accidentally shot and killed, Franklin returned to the church and began studying music with Jewell Kelly and the Singing Chaparrals at Oscar Dean Wyatt High School. During this period, he also formed the gospel group the Humble Hearts, whose recording of one of his original songs led to his discovery by Milton Biggham and a chance to lead the Dallas-Fort Worth Mass Choir at the high-profile Gospel Music Workshop of America Convention in 1990.

*In 1992, Franklin formed the Family, a 17-member choir comprised of friends and associates from his younger days. After signing with the fledgling GospoCentric label, the group debuted with 1993’s landmark Kirk Franklin & the Family album. The album topped Billboard’s gospel chart for an impressive 42 weeks, crossing over to the R&B and pop charts as well and eventually going platinum. Two years later, Kirk Franklin & the Family Christmas appeared, though it was his 1996 release, Whatcha Lookin’ 4, that sealed Franklin’s stardom. Another major crossover gospel hit, Whatcha Lookin’ 4 reached number 23 on Billboard’s Top 200 and earned him his first Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album. The following year, Franklin collaborated with Dallas-based choir God’s Property on the album God’s Property from Kirk Franklin’s Nu Nation, which proved to be an even greater success, topping the gospel and R&B charts and reaching number three on the pop chart. Released in 1998, The Nu Nation Project was an ambitious album that combined several different groups including the Family, God’s Property, and a new Franklin-led choir, One Nation Crew. It also saw participation from mainstream secular artists like Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly, and Bono, and subsequently netted Franklin another Grammy Award. Another massive success, it would also prove to be his final album with the Family, who filed a lawsuit against him and GospoCentric in 2000, seeking royalties for their contributions to The Nu Nation Project.
Kingdom Come [Original Soundtrack] Over the course of the next few years, Franklin worked on the soundtrack of the 2001 movie Kingdom Come (contributing the single “Thank You”), then returned with 2002’s The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin, his first album as a solo artist. Making good on the success of its predecessor, the disc soared to number four on the Billboard 200 chart and spent 29 weeks on the Gospel Albums chart. Franklin’s success continued throughout the decade, first with 2005’s Grammy-winning Hero and 2007’s The Fight of My Life, the latter an all-star affair featuring contributions from Rance Allen, tobyMac, and Melvin Williams, among others.
Hiding Place In 2010, following the tragic earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Franklin assembled an even bigger crowd of gospel all-stars in Nashville’s Quad Studios to record the benefit single “Are You Listening.” His next studio album, 2011’s Hello Fear, featured “I Smile,” his first hit on the pop charts since 2005. More optimistic in tone than his previous outing, the album took the gospel charts by storm, landing in the top spot and remaining there for several weeks. Franklin spent the next two and a half years touring. He formed his own label, Fo Yo Soul, and commenced recording his debut for it. In September 2015, he announced the release of Losing My Religion, which despite its title, was every bit as faith-based as his previous work. Like its predecessor, it earned Franklin yet another Grammy Award, his 12th overall. Following several more years of touring, he produced Tori Kelly’s 2018 album Hiding Place and launched the Exodus Music & Arts Festival in his hometown of Dallas. The following year, he returned with his own single, “Love Theory.”

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Passionate Gospel Singer/SongWriter & Producer*DOROTHY OMAGU*

We had exclusive interview with our Sister in Christ and her expression contain definition. As a chosen and anointed divine Pastor…

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Q: Can you please tell our readers your real name as well as your stage name?

A: Hello my precious followers and readers of this contents, my full name are Pastor Dorothy Omagu and my stage name is, only you

Q: How old are you?
A: I’m old enough with blessings from God

Q: Where are you from and Where were you born?
A: From Nigeria.

Q: At What age did you start making music?
A: I started making music when I was 7 years old, with the great support from my parents,
Families and friends as God has promised, I became a successful gospel singer.

Q: What genre of music do you particularly love? Jazz? Hip-Hop? RnB?
A: The Genre of music does not really matter…but the messages in my music define it all.

Q: Who is your favourite artist and why?
A: Panam Percy Paul. . The music has a message of blessings

Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Singing and Worshiping

Q: Do you play any musical instrument?
A: Keyboard

 

Q: Where do you get your musical inspiration?
A: I’ve got my musical inspiration from God

Q: Who is your hero?
A: God is my Here…

Q: Do you write your own music?
A: Yes

Q: If you were given a chance, which Artist would you love to perform with?
A: Frank Edward.

Q: What would you like our readers to know about Dorothy Omega?
A: I’m a successful Married Woman, with children also a chosen Pastor

 

Feel free to tell our readers more about yourself and your music. Things like your goals in life, and what your current projects are? And also let them know where they can get your music or where you will be performing soon or regularly…
As an inspired successful Gospel Singer, I love music and I also use music as a healing as it was
from the Bible during the Reign of King Saul.

We are working on a new project also the release of our new music video will be announced and published soon.

We also render a helping hands to people in need…Women, Men, Children, and our Elders also bringing people together

in harmony has been our goals.

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Exclusive Interview With – EMMANUEL SMITH –

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 Q: Can You please tell our readers your real name as well as your stage name?
A: My real name is Emmanuel Smith-Tali
stage name is Emmanuel Smith
Q: How old are you?
A: I’m 28years old

Q: Where are you from and Where were you born?

A: Ghana

Q: At What age did you start making music?

A: I developed a love for music from a very young age. During times I felt lonely or sad I would sing songs and it would help me feel at peace. Therefore growing up I sang a lot when people were not around till I got given the chance to sing in front of people and that’s when I realised I had a natural God given Gift to perform in front of people and to see the effects of what I was singing to them.

Q: What genre of music do you particularly love? Jazz? Hip-Hop? RnB?

A: “ music is the key to the soul”
Music is a universal language just as love is and I’m happy to be a part of the culture of music. I really don’t have a particular genre of music , I love to create songs in all musical direction been it Jazz , Hip-Hop, RnB or Soul.
As long as it delivers the message of Christ.

Q: Who is your favourite artist and why?

A: Ed Sheeran is one of my favourite artists because of his creativity and amazing composition of lyrics, oh and Jonathan Butler.

Q: What are your hobbies?

A: I loves to compose and write songs as well as bring creative sounds and melodies to the songs I make.

Q: Do you play any musical instrument?

A: guitar and keyboard

Q: Where do you get your musical inspiration?

A: Jonathan Butler

Q: Who is your hero?

A: my Lord and personal saviour ,
Lord Jesus Christ and my lovely mother .
Q: Do you write your own music?
A: yes, I do … I compose and write songs as well as bring creative sounds and melodies my music.

Q: If you were given a chance, which Artist would you love to perform with?

A: I would love to sing alongside Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran is one of my favourite artists because of his creativity and amazing composition of lyrics.
Q: What would you like our readers to know about Emmanuel Smith?
A: I am a man devoted to his calling and very passionate about my ministry as a Praise and Worship leader in my church and among the large community in the United Kingdom. My goal as an artist is to reconcile the hearts of people back to God. Restoring love and relationship between God and his people.
what your current projects are?
My current project is a project laid on my heart by God to do. It’s going to involve a lot of material that aims to inspire people.
Please feel free to follow the page and get others to follow too.
On Instagram @_bitl.
On twitter it’s @_bitl
where to get your music ? or where i will be performing soon or regularly ?
Mostly on YouTube “ Emmanuel Smith”
or my social media pages. I also post up where I will be performing next or soon on my social media pages.
Facebook – Emmanuel Smith Tali
Instagram – @emmanuelsmith_
Twitter – emmanuelsmith_

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