Many will wonder with all that Kirk Franklin is doing these days, when does he get to sleep? The multiple Grammy and Stellar award winner is well on his way to solidly earning the moniker as “the hardest working man in show business”. Our friends over at SiriusXM shared a Kirk Franklin moment with us where the man of many hats shares his vision for his new radio venture and gives an impromptu performance of his hit SMILE.
Sirius XM’s “Praise” Channel 64 will become “Kirk Franklin’s Praise” as of Friday May 24, 2013. The commercial-free music channel will now be executive produced by Grammy Award Winning, multi platinum Gospel star Kirk Franklin. Sirius XM subscribers will get the opportunity to hear the perfect blend of contemporary and traditional gospel music 24/7. From Yolanda Adams to Shirley Caesar, the channel will be filled with uplifting music showcasing some of today’s most celebrated acts in Gospel Music. The station will launch at 12 pm EST on Friday May 24, 2013 with an exclusive in studio performance from Franklin and his band. The performance will re-air on Monday May 27th at 8 am, and will also be available on Sirius On Demand. On his new position with Sirius XM, Kirk states, “I am so honored and excited to be able to have this platform to bring music fans the biggest stars and the freshest new talents in Gospel music.” Kirk goes on to state that over the years Sirius XM has shown a true commitment to Gospel music and he’s “proud to be working alongside their staff to build this new channel.” Listeners of the station will continue to enjoy their favorite on air personalities: Gina Rogers, Meta Washington, and Fred Mills. Pastor Rudy Rasmus of Houston, TX will also continue his “Love Revolution” airing on Sundays at 12pm EST. Kirk Franklin will join the ranks of other prestigious artist and entertainers with their own channel on Sirius XM such as, Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Radio, Ozzy Osbourne’s Ozzy’s Boneyard, Pearl Jam Radio, Eminem’s Shade 45, Willie Nelson’s Willie’s Roadhouse, and B.B. King’s Bluesville. For more information about Sirius XM log onto www.siriusxm.com.
As the House of Blues prepares to celebrate the 20th year anniversary of the Sunday Gospel Brunch, new frontman Kirk Franklin goes to youtube to share his excitement and a little of the behind the scenes story. Kirk Franklin’s Gospel Brunch at House of Blues will be unveiled for the first time at House of Blues locations across the country on Mother’s Day, May 12th
BET announced its slate of programs for the new season on Tuesday, April 2nd. Making a return is Bobby Jones Gospel, the longest continually running original series on cable television and the network’s flagship gospel program, the gospel competition Sunday Best hosted by Kirk Franklin and the ever popular Celebration of Gospel hosted by Steve Harvey.
Adding to the network’s line up is the much anticipated debut of The Sheards, a reality show following the lives of siblings Kierra and J Drew Sheard and their parents Bishop J Drew Sheard and Karen Clark Sheard. BET is also excited about the premiere of TD Jakes Presents: Mind Body and Soul, a talk show fronted by noted spiritual leader and motivator Bishop T D Jakes covering a wide range of topics including health and wellness, finance and relationships. The show will air on Sundays beginning in the fall of 2013 .
Kirk Franklin is teaming up with House of Blues venues across the US as part of their year long 20th Anniversary celebration of the Sunday Gospel Brunch. Kirk Franklin’s Gospel Brunch will make its debut at House of Blues locations including Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Chicago, Cleveland and Orlando on Mother’s Day Sunday, May 12th. Franklin will handle hosting duties at the LA venue on the 12th. The all you can eat Gospel Brunch will feature southern specialties and culinary delights favorites while also providing a meeting place for gospel music fans and performers to share great gospel music and a good meal.
God is raising up a new generation of worship leaders, and amongst the stand outs in this group is David Daughtry. Daughtry takes praise to a new level each Sunday as Director of Praise and Worship for Bishop Charles Blake and the West Angeles Church of God in Christ (Daughtry was the lead on the West Angeles Mass Choir 2010 No Limit CD). He also serves the International Music Department of the Church of God in Christ as the Assistant Director of Praise and Worship leading worship during the church’s summer convention and convocation gatherings. Daughtry is in demand as a session singer having worked on projects from Bishop Paul Morton, Kurt Carr and Beverly Crawford as well as performing with Yolanda Adams, Bebe Winans, Aretha Franklin, the late Bishop Walter Hawkins, Kim Burrell, Faith Evans, The Clark Sisters, Sean Puffy Combs, Patti Labelle and others. Look for Daughtry in the ensemble performing on the Game Show Network’s American Bible Challenge hosted by Jeff Foxworthy and recent addition Kirk Franklin.
Daughtry is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on his debut solo CD scheduled for a June release. As new doors of opportunity open for Daughtry, he remains humbled and focused on his goal, to sing for God’s glory that lives are changed as he ministers to the body of Christ.
So you’ve always thought you had a musical gift that the world really needs to hear? Well, a chance to be a part of the elite group known as Sunday Best is available to you as the BET hit show hosted by Kirk Franklin announces auditions in Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta and Houston. Additional information about locations and times are forthcoming. Check out the schedule below
Are you ready? WOW Gospel 2013 hits the marketplace on Tuesday, January 29th. The double CD and DVD features chart topping songs from Gospel’s hit makers including Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, Marvin Sapp, J. Moss, James Fortune, VaShawn Mitchell, Charles Jenkins and Jason Nelson.
Kirk Franklin is set to join “The American Bible Challenge” as musical co-host on the Game Show Network. The new season will premiere on March 21st. Franklin just finished hosting the 28th Annual Stellar Awards with colleagues Mary Mary, which broadcast live on Gospel Music Channel. Kirk has also served as host of BET’s Top Rated Gospel Competition ”Sunday Best” since its inception and will return again this year for its 6th season.