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Born Kirk Dwayne Franklin on 26 January 1970, in Fort Worth, Texas, USA, he is a gospel musician, choir director and author, probably best known for fronting urban contemporary gospel choirs such as The Family, God’s Property and One Nation Crew beginning in the early ’90s.

So just how rich is Kirk Franklin? Sources have estimated that Franklin‘s net worth is $10 million. There are no doubts that his career in music is the origin of Kirk Franklin’s modest fortune.

Kirk Franklin Net Worth $10 Million

Kirk Franklin was abandoned by his mom, and raised with some difficulty by an aunt, who encouraged Kirk to take piano lessons when Frankin was only four years old. However, he showed that he had an ear for music by playing songs by ear, and actually being offered a contract at the age of seven, which was disallowed by his aunt. Instead, Kirk started singing in a church choir, and at the age of 12 he was made director, although he was working with adults.

Perhaps because of a strict religious childhood, Kirk Franklin was still a bit of a problem child in his teens, so his grandmother enrolled him in a music conservatory associated with a local university. This was partly successful, however, Kirk’s girlfriend became pregnant, and he was forced to leave the conservatory apparently because of ill-discipline, so then persevered with music with the church choir.

In 1992, Kirk Franklin founded The Family, a choir comprising friends and associates. Vicki Mack-Lataillade, the co-founder of record label GospoCentric,  heard one of their demo tapes and immediately signed Kirk & The Family to a recording contract. In 1993, the group became Kirk Franklin & The Family, and released their self-titled debut album, which spent almost 100 weeks on the Gospel music charts, including 42 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart, being the first gospel album to sell over a million copies. It also made it onto the R&B charts, eventually earning platinum sales status.

Several releases of albums followed, including a 1995 Christmas album, and “Watcha Lookin’ 4” in 1996, which was certified double platinum and earned Kirk Franklin the first of seven Grammy Awards. A collaboration album with the vocal ensemble God’s Property followed in 1997, the lead single, “Stomp”, featuring Cheryl ‘Salt’ James (of Salt-N-Pepa), being a big hit, and certified platinum three times, bringing Franklin another Grammy for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album.

In 1996, Kirk Franklin’s song “Joy” was recorded by Whitney Houston and the Georgia Mass Choir, and was included on the best-selling soundtrack to the movie “The Preacher’s Wife”.

Regretfully, legal arguments saw the The Family break-up in 2000, although they re-united for a concert in 2010. However, Kirk Franklin added considerably to his net worth from the sales of his subsequent solo albums: “The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin”, “A Season of Remixes”, “Hero”, “Songs for the Storm”, “The Fight of My Life”, “Hello Fear”, and “The Essential Kirk Franklin”. He has now sold over 20 million copies internationally, and apart from Grammys has won 15 Stellar Awards and 13 GMA Dove Awards. Kirk has also toured extensively over the years, often in collaboration with other sol artists, including Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams and Steve Harvey, which also added to his net worth..

In  his personal life,  Kirk Franklin married long-time friend Tammy Collins in 1996. When they wed, each had a child from previous relationships, and the couple subsequently has two more children together.

Interestingly, in 2005 Franklin appeared with his wife on TVs “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, specifically to discuss how he ended his addiction to pornography.

Quick Facts

Birth date: January 26, 1970
Birth place: Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Height:5 ft 5 in (1.66 m)
Profession:Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Author, Music Director, Singer, Actor
Nationality:American
Spouse:Tammy Collins (m. 1996)
Children:Kennedy Franklin, Carrington Franklin, Kerrion Franklin, Caziah Franklin
Movies:Boycott (2001), Higher Ground: Voices of Contemporary Gospel Music (2004 (2004), documentary), Kirk Franklin: The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin Live (2002)
TV shows:The Preacher's Wife (1996), Kirk Franklin (2015 (2015), Reality tv), 90210 (2012), The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2016), Kirk Franklin: The Nu Nation Tour (1999 (1999), video)
Albums:Losing My Religion (2015), God's Property from Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation (1997), The Nu Nation Project (1998), Hello Fear (2011), The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin (2002)
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Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Has openly discussed his struggle with pornography addiction.
2Kirk has two children from his marriage with Tammy: Kennedy, born in 1997, and Caziah, born in 1999. Kirk has a son from a previous relationship, Kerrion, born in 1988. Tammy also has a daughter from a previous relationship, Carrington, born in 1989.
3Is the first gospel singer to have his music featured on a movie soundtrack.


Pictures

Won Awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Performance in a Variety Series/Special

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary)Album: "Losing My Religion"
2000Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Performance in a Variety Series/Special1999 Essence Awards (1999)
1999GrammyGrammy AwardsSong of the YearFor the song "Lean On Me"
1999Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Performance in a Youth or Children's Series/SpecialOne Day (1997)


Filmography

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Saturday Night Live2016TV Series performer - 1 episode
Joyful Noise2012performer: "In Love" / writer: "In Love"
90210TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Norbit2007performer: "Looking for You" / writer: "Looking for You"
My Brother2006writer: "Why We Sing" - as K. Franklin
The Gospel2005performer: "Still Alive", "Ooh Child Urban Mix" / producer: "Still Alive", "Please Answer", "Peace Like a River" / writer: "Awesome God He Reigns", "Still Alive", "Please Answer", "Peace Like a River", "Everything's Gonna Be Alright", "Seasons Change", "Child's Song", "Now Behold the Lamb"
Higher Ground: Voices of Contemporary Gospel Music2004Video documentary writer: "Stomp Remix", "Holy One"
Boycott2001TV Movie performer: "Revolution" / writer: "Revolution"
Kingdom Come2001performer: "Kingdom Come", "Thank You" / producer: "Kingdom Come", "It's Alright", "Someday", "Every Woman", "Stand", "Thy Will Be Done", "Daddy's Song", "Try Me", "Thank You" / writer: "Kingdom Come", "It's Alright", "Someday", "Every Woman", "Stand", "Thy Will Be Done", "Daddy's Song", "Try Me", "Thank You"
Play It to the Bone1999writer: "Gonna Be a Lovely Day"
Any Given Sunday1999performer: "REVOLUTION" / writer: "REVOLUTION"
The Preacher's Wife1996writer: "Joy"
Get on the Bus1996performer: "My Life Is In Your Hands" / producer: "My Life Is In Your Hands" / writer: "My Life Is In Your Hands"
Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood1996performer: "Don't Give Up"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Centric Celebrates Selma: 50th Anniversary Music Special2015TV Movie
Joyful Noise2012Baylor Sykes
Sweating in the Spirit2005Video
The Proud Family2003TV SeriesReverend Haygood
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2001TV Series
Something to Sing About2000TV MovieCharles
Sister, Sister1998TV SeriesJames Henry

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Angel Wishes: Journey of a Spiritual Healer2009
Stomp1997Video short

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sunday Best2015TV Series executive producer - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Hot 102011TV Series thanks - 2 episodes

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
31st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards2016TV SpecialHimself
Saturday Night Live2016TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Covered-Alive in Asia2016DocumentaryHimself
The View2014-2016TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
Steve Harvey2016TV SeriesHimself
The Real2015TV SeriesHimself
Being2015TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Sunday Best2007-2015TV SeriesHimself - Host
Sidewalks Entertainment2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Celebration of Gospel2012TV MovieHimself
43rd NAACP Image Awards2012TV SpecialHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2011TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The Mo'Nique Show2010-2011TV SeriesHimself
American Idol2011TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
The Hot 102011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Praise the Lord2002-2010TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest Host
Tavis Smiley2010TV SeriesHimself
24th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
Life on the Edge: A Global Crisis2008TV MovieHimself
39th NAACP Image Awards2008TV SpecialHimself
Can You Hear Me Now: The Evolution of Gospel Music2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2005-2008TV SeriesHimself
Access Hollywood2007TV SeriesHimself
22nd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Host
BET Awards 20062006TV SpecialHimself
2006 American Music Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
T.D. Jakes Presents MegaFest: Let It Flow2006TV MovieHimself
Access Granted2006TV SeriesHimself
37th Annual Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards2006TV SpecialHost
Soul Train1996-2006TV Series documentaryHimself
21st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Stevie Wonder2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Diamond Life2005TV SeriesHimself
Night of Joy2005TV MovieHimself
Livin It: Unusual Suspects2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Oprah Winfrey Show2005TV SeriesHimself
Sharp Talk2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
25 Strong: The BET Silver Anniversary Special2005TV SpecialHimself
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Quincy Jones2005TV MovieHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1997-2004TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Musical Guest
35th Annual GMA Music Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
35th NAACP Image Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
Higher Ground: Voices of Contemporary Gospel Music2004Video documentaryHimself
19th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Co-Host
Pyramid2003TV SeriesHimself
Celebration of Gospel2003TV MovieHimself (on video)
Essence Awards2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
17th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
Journeys in Black2001TV Series documentaryHimself
An Evening of Stars: A Celebration of Educational Excellence2001TV Special documentaryHimself
Kirk Franklin: The Nu Nation Tour1999VideoHimself
The 41st Annual Grammy Awards1999TV SpecialHimself
1999 Essence Awards1999TV SpecialHimself
29th NAACP Image Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
Comic Relief VIII1998TV SpecialHimself (as Kirk Franklin and Nu Nation)
Savion Glover's Nu York1998TV MovieHimself
The 1998 Soul Train Christmas Starfest1998TV MovieHimself
The 1997 Billboard Music Awards1997TV SpecialHimself - Performer
Concert of Hope1997TV Special
3rd Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards1997TV SpecialHimself
10th Anniversary Essence Awards1997TV SpecialHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1997TV SeriesHimself
Stomp1997Video shortHimself
27th NAACP Image Awards1996TV SpecialHimself
New York Undercover1996TV SeriesHimself
The 8th Annual Soul Train Music Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Arsenio Hall Show1994TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Black Girls Rock! 20112011TV MovieHimself
The Best of the Doves Marathon2007TV MovieHimself - Performer

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