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Editors’ Notes

The once (and perhaps future) king of gospel R&B stomp delivers his strongest showing in a decade with his 11th record, Hello Fear. Despite the title track’s super-cheesy self-help vibe—it’s a break-up song delivered to an emotion, get it?—it nonetheless is a pretty great track. That's due to Franklin’s sophisticated, stripped-down arrangement and a stellar mini-chorus of backup singers (featuring, among others, Nikki Ross, Anaysha Figueroa, Charmaine Swimpson, Candy West, and Peaches West) who assist on the whole album. Rance Allen, Marvin Sapp, and Mali Music guest on various other jams, but this is Franklin’s show. And he always innovates, pushing gospel into new territories. That sweet go-go beat on “Before I Die” is something you’ve never heard before, while “The Moment #1” brings it all back home with a retro ‘70s mass-choir sound, recalling the finest moments of Aretha and The Winans.

Customer Reviews

Well done Kirk

Great to see Kirk is still keen on producing quality music. the inclusion of Artists like Isaac Carree show that he is dedicated to excellence

I LOVE IT!!!!!!

Very powerful, uplifting, inspirational, positive album! I've been listen to this album for the last week and I've enjoyed every track! Kirk is highly blessed one of the greatest artist. Wonderful!!

Hello Fear

Can't get enough of this album! Go Kirk... Oh my Lord Jeez!


Born: 26 January 1970 in Fort Worth, TX

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Since his debut, 1993's Kirk Franklin & the Family, Kirk Franklin has been one of the brightest stars in contemporary gospel music. The album spent 100 weeks on the gospel charts (some of those on top), crossed over to the R&B charts, and became the first gospel debut album to go platinum. His second album, Kirk Franklin & the Family Christmas, became the genre's first Christmas album to make it to number one, and his 1996 album Whatcha Lookin' 4 went gold as soon as it was distributed. With such...
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