Last week Kirk Franklin took to social media to share Instagram stories as he counted down to his birthday on January 26. Via social media, the world was able to join Franklin and his family reliving an amazing journey of life and music. The birthday count down ended with the release of “Love Theory”. The official video, with more than 10K views, debuted on January 25 on YouTube and the single is available for download today.
It’s hard to believe that the platinum album Kirk Franklin and the Family debuted in 1993. Franklin was just 23 years old. Franklin’s career spans more than 25 years in the music and arts industries and his influence and is undeniable. According to SoulBounce, Tori Kelly said that working with Franklin was dream come true. Franklin produced Tori Kelly’s entire gospel album, Hiding Place, which is nominated for a Grammy. His legacy as a songwriter and producer transcends traditional gospel as he has collaborated on various projects and worked with artists such as Kanye West, Ledsi, and Chance the Rapper. Franklin continues to push the boundaries of gospel music with each album release. With countless platinum albums, twelve Grammy Awards, thirteen Dove Awards, and twenty-eight Stellar Awards, Franklin reminded us this week that he’s not done giving us gospel music that is relevant with smooth beats and hooks that we can jam and dance to.
With each album, I believe that Franklin takes his listeners on a journey and the release of his single, Love Theory is no different. At some point during our Christian journey, we come face to face with our own insecurities which have been a running theme in Franklin’s music. The lyrics boldly address our humanity even as Christians while celebrating God’s faithfulness and endless love for us.
With the release of “Love Theory” Franklin is set to share the gospel that he loves with the world this year. As he finishes his thirteenth album Franklin is scheduled to perform during the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration on February 2, he will host the Stellar Gospel Music Awards on March 29, 2019, and he will host and headline the 2nd annual Exodus Music & Arts Festival in partnership with Live Nation on May 26, 2019.