Kirk Franklin on the Fight of His Life
Award-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin talks to Beliefnet about staying true to his music and to God.
For more than 10 years, Kirk Franklin has been a trailblazer in the gospel music industry. He is one of the most successful artists in the genre, with multiple Grammys, Stellars, BET Awards, and an American Music Award. He has worked with some of the biggest names in Christian music, including Yolanda Adams, TobyMac, Bishop T.D. Jakes, and Shirley Ceasar, as well as mainstream secular music stars such as Bono, Stevie Wonder, and Mary J. Blige. With 11 albums, six of which have gone platinum, you’d think that Franklin wouldn’t have a care in the world. But he does.
There have been trials that have set Franklin back both personally and professionally. From an addiction to pornography that almost tore apart his marriage to the cancellation of the biopic based on his life, Franklin has endured and emerged stronger, like the champion in Christ he professes to be. And throughout it all, he has brought the drama from his life into his music. His latest album, "The Fight of My Life," details his struggle to keep the faith and continue to believe in the God who stays by his side. In this interview, Franklin talks to Beliefnet about the album, his life, and what keeps him fighting.
It seems like in all of your albums you document a different set of struggles, or some warfare that you're going through. What is it that keeps you fighting?
What I'm finding out is that my struggles are like so many other struggles. It's the struggle of life, where, it's the battle of our will versus His, our desires, things we love versus the things that He loves and having to sacrifice and surrender those things, and to have a place where we're so in love with Him and fully trust Him that we don't mind doing it.