|Celebrated Name:||Kirk Franklin|
|Real Name/Full Name:||Kirk Dewayne Franklin|
|Age:||53 years old|
|Birth Date:||26 January 1970|
|Birth Place:||Fort Worth, Texas|
|Wife/Spouse (Name):||Tammy Collins|
|Children/Kids (Son and Daughter):||Yes (Kerrion Franklin, Carrington Franklin, Kennedy Franklin, Caziah Franklin)|
|Is Kirk FranklinGay?:||No|
|Profession:||Choir director, Gospel musician, Singer, Songwriter, Author|
|Net Worth in 2023:||$10 million|
|Last Updated:||December 2023|
Kirk Dewayne Franklin is best known for leading urban contemporary gospel choirs and has won innumerable Grammy’s. His involvement in choirs happened at an early age, but in his late teens, he digressed from his dedication to the church services only to return to it stronger and become famous over time.
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Early Life & Biography
Kirk Dewayne Franklin had a rough childhood being abandoned by his mother and being raised by his aunt, Gertrude. But his aunt learnt early that he had an ear for music, and so did base jobs like recycling aluminum cans to raise money for his piano lessons even before he turned five. By seven, Kirk was already getting offers and contracts for his music, but his aunt insisted on his being involved with the church choir.
So, at the age of eleven, he became music director of the Mt. Rose Baptist Church adult choir. But with his newfound fame came some reckless actions and he became father to a child at the age of fifteen. This incident drifted him from his commitment to the church and resulted in behavioral changes that resulted in expulsion from school as well. It took him a couple of years and the horrific killing of a friend to bring him back to church and choir singing.
Kirk franklin studied music under Jewell Kelly and the Singing Chaparrals at Oscar Dean Wyatt High School. After this formal training, he became the official pianist for the church choir.
Kirk Franklin, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, became a father of a son at the age of fifteen. He had requested his girlfriend to abort the child, but much to his chagrin, she went full term. His son was born in 1988. Kirk has never shared the name of his girlfriend and prefers to keep her identity hidden for the sake of her privacy and his son, Kerrion.
Later on 20 January 1996, Franklin married long-time friend Tammy Collins. He acknowledges that Tammy has stood as a rock in his life even and helped him through pornography addiction. Tammy, too had a daughter at the time of marriage. His daughter, Carrington, was born in 1989 and is a year younger to Kirk’s biological son. Kirk later adopted Carrington.
The couple has two children of their own – a daughter named Kennedy (born in 1997) and a son named Caziah (born in 2000). Even after marriage Kirk had an affair but credits Tammy’s unfailing love and affection for finally giving everything up for family and rebuilding a connection with God.
The couple appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2005. Franklin appeared with his wife on to discuss how he ended his pornography addiction.
Age, Height, and Weight
Being born on 26 January 1970, Kirk Franklin is 53 years old as of today’s date 4th December 2023. His height is 1.66 m tall, and his weight is 60 kg.
Kirk co-founded a gospel group, The Humble Hearts, which recorded one of Franklin’s compositions and got the attention of gospel music legend Milton Bingham, musical director of the Georgia Mass Choir and recruited him as the lead for the DFW Mass Choir in a recording of Franklin’s song “Every Day with Jesus.” Later Kirk became the leader of the 1990 Gospel Music Workshop of America Convention.
In 1992, Franklin organized “The Family,” which was a seventeen-voice choir consisting of neighborhood friends and associates. The same year, Vicki Mack-Lataillade, the co-founder of fledgling record label GospoCentric, signed up Kirk & The Family for a recording contract. The group released their first album in 1993, by the same name. In 1995 the group released Kirk Franklin & the Family Christmas.
A year later, the group released Whatcha Lookin’4. Franklin’s song Joy was recorded by Whitney Houston and the Georgia Mass Choir. Unfortunately, in the late ’90s, there was a lawsuit filed against Franklin by God’s Property founder Linda. 1998 marked the release of the Nu Nation Project, which later went on to top the Billboard Contemporary Christian Albums chart for 23 weeks and the Billboard Gospel Albums chart for 49 weeks. It even brought Franklin his third Grammy.
But in 2000, members of The Family filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Franklin and GospoCentric Records for depriving them of their royalties for the Nu Nation Project. Soon after, the group split, and Franklin became a solo artist. Franklin produced the soundtrack for the film Kingdom Come.
The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin was released in 2002, and it topped the Gospel Albums chart for 29 weeks, was No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and was certified Platinum. The 2000s saw back to back hits including, Looking for You, Imagine Me, the album Hero, the album The Fight of My Life.
In 2013, Franklin started his own record label imprint, Fo Yo Soul Recordings, in association with RCA Records. 2015 saw the release of Losing My Religion. In January 2019, “Love Theory,” the first single from his album Long Live Love was released. He is the host of the show Sunday Best, which returned after a gap of four years.
Awards & Achievements
Kirk Franklin’s debut album, Kirk Franklin & The Family, spent two years on the Gospel music charts and charted on the R&B charts, eventually earning platinum sales status. It remained at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart for 42 weeks. It was also the first gospel music album to sell over a million units. Whatcha Lookin’4 was a certified 2x platinum and earned Franklin his first Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album.
The lead single, “Stomp,” featuring Cheryl “Salt” James (of Salt-N-Pepa), stayed on No. 1 on the R&B Singles Airplay chart for two weeks, even making it into the Top 40. In December 2006, Franklin won two 2007 Grammy Awards for Hero. Additionally, Hero was the 2007 Stellar Awards CD of the Year. The Fight of My Life sold 74,000 copies in the first week. Franklin has won 12 Grammys, GMA Dove Awards, BET Award, Soul Train Awards, and Stellar Awards.
Net Worth& Salary of Kirk Franklin in 2023
Kirk has been earning from his album releases and stage performances. He has also been on various shows and even hosts the Sunday Best. As of December 2023, His net worth is $10 million. His growing fame and recent releases continue to add to his net worth. He has a sprawling mansion in Arlington, Texas.
Kirk Franklin’s success shows how with the right talent and hard work, people can really move to rags to riches. Despite his personal issues, he has finally found a true connection with the church and God. He also continues with his charity work and is associated with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.