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New Music: The Walls Group – “My Life”

GRAMMY-nominated and double Stellar Award-winning sensations The Walls Group continues to shatter expectations as one of the most imaginative breakout artists in inspirational music today, as the hit-making four siblings (Darrel Walls, Rhea Walls, Paco Walls, Ahjah Walls) release their new single “My Life” (Fo Yo Soul/RCA), available now at all digital providers and going out to radio. With eager high anticipation for new music, The Walls Group launches “My Life” as the first single from their upcoming new album THE OTHER SIDE, helmed by super producers Warryn Campbell and Eric Dawkins.

The critically-acclaimed quartet delivers a buoyant new power anthem to inspire listeners daily on “My Life,” infused with the progressive sounds, electrifying vocals and confident message of purpose that showcase the ongoing growth of their talents reaching new heights. Darrel Walls and Ahjah Walls also collaborated on the songwriting for “My Life” along with Eric Dawkins, Warryn Campbell, Damon Thomas, and Damien Farmer, which melds sounds of R&B, Gospel, and more.

Following their explosive rise on the music scene from their first album to their #1 major label debut album FAST FORWARD signed to Kirk Franklin’s Fo Yo Soul/RCA, the Houston-based phenoms have garnered accolades for their music and live performances – including a GRAMMY® nomination for the hit song “Love on The Radio,” and winning two Stellar Awards for Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year and Group/Duo of the Year – and dashed across the world on multiple tours, including their latest headlining tour, the Latitude Tour.

The Walls Group: “My Life” is available now at all digital providers via the link HERE.

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On The Heels of Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes Speech, Kirk Franklin Unveils New Visual “My World Needs You”

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Today, 10-time GRAMMY® Award winning recording artist, songwriter and producer Kirk Franklin, has released his latest single, “My World Needs You” to radio stations and debuted a visual for the song exclusively on BET.com. The heartfelt song speaks about the social injustices happening around the world today and calling upon God to bring strength in time of hardships.

Penned by Franklin, his message on “My World Needs You” supports his continued endeavors in addressing and reflecting on issues that anyone faces, and uniting together to help each other. He continues to give back with charitable organizations close by and abroad addressing these issues. This week, Franklin will be in Haiti, headlining Giving Hearts with Love’s “Rise Up for Haiti” benefit concert on Thursday, January 12th, 2017. He has also worked with The Expectations Project, a non-profit organization that sheds light on education inequality.

Musically, Franklin’s chart-topping eleventh album LOSING MY RELIGION and singles including “123 Victory” and “Wanna Be Happy?” have been thriving. Billboard’s 2016 Year-End Charts recognized him with seven #1 positions and over ten other Top 25 positions on various Gospel and R&B/Hip-Hop artist, album, and song lists. Franklin is also nominated for four GRAMMY® Awards this year including Best Gospel Album, Best Gospel Performance/Song as a songwriter for Tamela Mann’s “God Provides”, Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song for Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam”, which he is featured on.

Visit <http://revelation.kirkfranklin.com/> to find out more about Kirk Franklin’s latest single “My World Needs You.” This page features a search engine that lets fans connect with their local gospel radio stations to help spread the word about the new single. Kirk hopes to showcase that the world needs more Jesus!

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https://www.youtube.com/user/realkirkfranklin

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Tasha Cobbs, Kirk Franklin, VaShawn Mitchell, Isaac Carree, Jonathan McReynolds & More Unite For Haiti Benefit Concert

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Tasha Cobbs Ministries (TCM) hosted an uplifting evening of worship at Atlanta’s Suite Food Lounge benefiting families in need of medical supplies located in Haiti. Joining Tasha for the night of worship included, special guest artists Kirk Franklin, James Fortune, VaShawn Mitchell, Isaac Carree, Anthony Brown, Jonathan McReynolds, Bishop William Murphy, Bishop Paul S. Morton, Jimi Cravity, Todd Galberth and DJ Dex.

VIP’s in attendance included Catherine Brewton (“BMI”), Damita Chandler, Y’Anna Crawley (“BET Sunday Best”), Marlo Hampton (“Real Housewives of Atlanta”), 1K Phew and more. Sirius XM’s DJ Dex kept the spirit moving before and after the concert using his unique musical style on the turntables. Atlanta’s inspiration station PRAISE 102.5fm was on site to show support to for great cause. 100% of all donations were donated to Project Medishare (http://projectmedishare.org).

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Kirk Franklin feat. Pharrell – “123 Victory” Remix Debuts at #1, Take A Listen! [New Music]

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Recently, Kirk Franklin teamed up with singer-songwriter, rapper and producer Pharrell Williams to create “123 Victory Remix”. The new single debuted this week at #1 on the Gospel Digital Sales chart and features the smooth sounds of Williams on the hip-hop infused track. The remix is available now—exclusively on Apple Music.

Kirk Franklin joined Pharrell and Scott Vener on Beat 1 Radio’s OTHERtone to discuss music, religious beliefs, collaborating on the remix and more. For the full interview, please click the videos below:


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Legend Shirley Caesar Honored with Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

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The Reigning Queen of Gospel, Shirley Caesar was honored in a jubilant celebration in Hollywood on Tuesday June 28th, as her trailblazing music career was recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Honored in the category of Recording, Shirley Caesar’s star was unveiled in front of the Fonda Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, with Pastor Caesar joined by world-renowned artists Yolanda Adams and Kirk Franklin as guest speakers, and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Leron Gubler as the emcee, who also declared it “Shirley Caesar Day” in Hollywood during the ceremony.

Sharing this momentous occasion before a packed crowd of family, friends, peers and fans, the Gospel Hall of Fame icon and newly-minted Hollywood Walk of Fame star recipient took the stage, giving an inspiring, energetic and humorous speech.

Providing powerful words of encouragement that remain a hallmark of her longtime worldwide music ministry, with joyful gratitude Pastor Caesar declared:

I honor the Lord for this wonderful privilege….I feel as if I’m in a beautiful fairytale. Who wouldn’t serve a God like this? One who keeps blessing and showing you that your latter can be greater than your former. Been through the storm and the rain, but it’s alright, it’s ok. I made it!”

Marking her 50th anniversary as a solo artist in a music career spanning over 60 years and over 40 albums, Caesar continues to hit the road with her new hit album FILL THIS HOUSE, including TV performances on “Good Day LA” and “Tavis Smiley” on PBS, as well as preaching at home church Mt. Calvary Word of Faith Church in Raleigh, NC.  Released on June 3rd, FILL THIS HOUSE spent two consecutive weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart upon its debut, garnering critical acclaim in 11 tracks delivering hope, unifying love and impactful ministry on songs such as “It’s Alright, It’s Ok” (feat. Anthony Hamilton), “Mother Emanuel,” “Prayer Changes Things,” and more.

Watch Shirley Caesar’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony at:

www.walkoffame.com

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Fly Interview: Christon Gray Talks Kanye West, Kirk Franklin & ‘The Glory Album’ with SFPL TV

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Kirk Franklin’s music protege Christon Gray talks new project THE GLORY ALBUM (out today!), wanting to work with Kanye West, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Stevie Wonder, being approach by several labels and Franklin’s platform Fo Yo Soul Recordings/RCA Records, connecting with lyricist/writer Skyzoo and more with SFPL TV.

‘THE GLORY ALBUM’ is available on iTunes HERE.

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Kirk Franklin on Kendrick Lamar: “I Love Great Artistry and I Think He’s A Great Artist”, Kirk Says On SFPL TV [Video]

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Kirk Franklin recently stopped by SFPL TV, Pre-album release day, to talk about his new project, religion, social media, Drake, Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and more. Getting mounds of flack from the album title, Kirk continues to beat the odds and the naysayers, as his album hit the top of the charts landing No. 1 on Billboard’s Current Gospel Chart and Billboard’s Top Christian/Gospel Albums Chart. The album also entered No. 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart. The new project marks Franklin’s eleventh consecutive No.1 debut.

FLY NEWS: KIRK FRANKLIN LANDS TOP SPOT ON BILLBOARD WITH NEW ALBUM ‘LOSING MY RELIGION’

About the title Losing My Religion, Kirk says:

With the new album, when I say ‘Losing My Religion’, i’m saying: that just like Marriage cannot guarantee Intimacy, Rules does not guarantee Relationship. And that Rules without Relationship leads to Rebellion. And I believe that’s why so many people leave church, or leave christianity or just any type of system of belief; because you keep stacking the rules on them. I believe that it’s a time to stop trying and start trusting.

Kirk also mentioned to that he’s currently listening to the likes of: Taylor Swift [he mentions jokingly as his guilty pleasure and says: Yo, Taylor! Don’t sleep on her! She’s dope!], Drake, Kendrick Lamar, U2, Mumford & Sons and more.

Kirk candidly talks about Kendrick Lamar:

I just rock with what feels good. I mess with what I feel is genuine and just very honest music, because that’s what I wanna be; a very genuine and honest artist. Everyone I listen to is not the purpose of me wanting to work with them, it’s just I try to make sure i’m expounding and expanding what it is that is culturally relevant, and I love great artistry; and I think he’s a great artist. Of course, i’m not able to cosign all of the lyrical content but that’s not my job to.

Check out the FULL interview below:

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‘Losing My Religion’ is available now on all music streaming platforms.

 

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Fly News: Kirk Franklin Lands Top Spot On Billboard with New Album ‘Losing My Religion’

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Multi-GRAMMY® Award-winning artist, songwriter, producer and music icon Kirk Franklin, has crafted another #1 hit with his eleventh studio album, LOSING MY RELIGION (Fo Yo Soul Recordings / RCA Records). Released on November 13th, LOSING MY RELIGION debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Current Gospel Chart and Billboard’s Top Christian/Gospel Albums Chart. The album also entered No. 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart, according to Nielsen Soundscan. The new project marks Franklin’s eleventh consecutive No.1 debut.

Continuing with a week of No. 1 wins, lead single “Wanna Be Happy?” tops the Mediabase Gospel radio chart, Billboard.com’s Hot Gospel Songs and Digital Gospel Songs Charts.  “Wanna Be Happy?” debuted in late August and broke the record previously set by Franklin with “I Smile (2011)” to become the best first-week digital single in gospel sales history. With other songs such as “Pray For Me,” “When” (feat. Kim Burrell and Lalah Hathaway), “My World Needs You” (feat. Sarah Reeves, Tasha Cobbs and Tamela Mann), “Miracles,” and the title track “Losing My Religion,” LOSING MY RELIGION is Franklin’s most comprehensive album yet, garnering accolades from fans, peers and critics, with the Associated Press declaring it “a very well-crafted album from the first song to the 13th.”

Franklin has been on the road for the release of the album, including a sold-out album release concert at the Greater Allen AME Cathedral of New York on November 13th, and recent television appearances around the country including HLN, NewsOne Now with Roland Martin, PIX11 Morning News, Good Day Atlanta, Good Day DC and more.

LOSING MY RELIGION is available everywhere music is sold.

Congrats Kirk!

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Fly News: 9-time GRAMMY-winning icon Kirk Franklin, much anticipated new album Losing My Religion, out today!

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Today, multi-GRAMMY® Award-winning artist, songwriter, producer and music icon, Kirk Franklin, released his eleventh studio album LOSING MY RELIGION via Fo Yo Soul Recordings / RCA Records. Franklin’s highly anticipated album, ‘Losing My Religion’ boasts 13-soul-stirring tracks including the #1 lead single, “Wanna Be Happy?”. The single debuted at #1 on Billboard and broke the record previously set by Franklin with “I Smile (2011)” to become the best first-week digital single in gospel sales history.

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The central message of ‘Losing My Religion’, which features guest artists, Kim Burrell, Tasha Cobbs, Zacardi Cortez, Lalah Hathaway, Tamela Mann, Tasha Page-Lockhart and Sarah Reeves, is for one to truly see and understand the most essential aspect of their faith, and that’s their relationship with God.

When asked what he hopes that listeners take away from the album, Franklin says:

“The most beautiful picture about the love of God is that my trying doesn’t replace my trusting…religion may point out what’s wrong, but it doesn’t give me the power to make it right. This album is the soundtrack to how love rescued me from the law”.

‘LMR’ offers the classic Kirk Franklin sound that has inspired so many people over the past 20+ years, but may be his most introspective work yet. The album is now available everywhere music is sold, including all major digital retailers.

Kirk recently stopped by SFPL TV, in which full footage will be coming soon of our exclusive interview! Stay tuned!

Losing My Religion – Track Listing:

1. Losing My Religion

2. Miracles

3. 123 Victory

4. Road Trip

5. Pray For Me

6. Wanna Be Happy?

7. It’s Time (featuring Tasha Page-Lockhart and Zacardi Cortez)

8. True Story

9. Over

10. When (featuring Kim Burrell and Lalah Hathaway)

11. My World Needs You (featuring Sarah Reeves, Tasha Cobbs and Tamela Mann)

12. Intercession

13. No Sleep Tonight

LOSING MY RELIGION – Retail Links:

Amazon: HERE

Google Play: HERE

iTunes: HERE

Apple Music: HERE

Spotify: HERE

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New Video: Chance The Rapper – “All That Matters”

Chance The Rapper is on a new path within his life and wanted to show that in his new visual “All That Matters.” Amongst, family, friends and even gospel sensation, Kirk Franklin — the Chicago pays homage to Kanye West by covering his College Dropout hit track “Family Business,” all while giving us a view of his current Family Matters Tour.

Check out the heartfelt visual below: