Kirk Franklin and Sony Music Entertainment are launching a new podcast series, “Good Words With Kirk Franklin”


Sixteen-time GRAMMY-winning artist, songwriter, and producer Kirk Franklin and Sony Music Entertainment today announced the launch of “Good Words with Kirk Franklin,” a new podcast series that welcomes people from all walks of life who are looking for inspiration and empowerment. Through intimate conversations exploring faith, redemption and the realities of today’s world, Franklin invites listeners to share moments with some of the biggest names in entertainment, starting with Pharrell Williams. The first episode is available now.

In a deeply personal and introspective conversation that explores shared common experiences, Franklin offers listeners fascinating insight as Pharrell discusses his approach to life and his relationship with God. Pharrell explains the lasting impact of Gospel music and the Pentecostal Church on his formative years, as well as his discovery of “purpose” and how it informs his life. The broad and candid conversation ranges from discussing the COVID-19 pandemic to lighter moments touching on Pharrell’s well-known skincare regimen and his new series, Voices of Fire, which recently launched on Netflix.

Throughout the season, Franklin will lead thought-provoking conversations with some of the most influential thought leaders, artists, and activists, including Chance the Rapper, Chris Paul, Glennon Doyle, HER, Kelly Rowland, and more. Together they engage and explore their thoughts on race, religion, politics, music and self-expression. Conversations will make way for laughter, joy and lighter moments and Franklin will feature original music written for the series.

Franklin said, “Good Words is a podcast where culture meets faith, and a place where my guest can be real and open like you’ve never heard before.”

“Good Words with Kirk Franklin” is produced in partnership with Spoke Media. The executive producer is Keisha “TK” Dutes.

Listeners can subscribe to “Good Words with Kirk Franklin” on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher. For more information on other Sony Podcasts, follow @SonyPodcasts on Twitter and Instagram.

Kirk Franklin wants everyone to know one thing. He will never stop pushing the limits. Franklin’s latest musical offering – and 13th studio album – is the aptly titled LONG LIVE LOVE from his RCA-distributed label, Fo Yo Soul Recordings. But even before the album’s May 31 release date, its first single is already laying down some serious groundwork.

“Love Theory” bowed to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart and kept the position locked for thirty-nine weeks. The vibrant track marked the singer’s seventh No. 1 record and his second start at the top of the chart. With 1 million streams in the United States in its first week by Nielsen Music, “Love Theory” also opened at No. 1 in Gospel Streaming Songs as well as Gospel Digital Song Sales. Her colorful and energetic video has racked up over 17.3 million views on YouTube and counting. The ‘Long Live Love’ album and ‘Love Theory’ single won two Grammys in January 2020. Franklin says, “It’s my constant story about this message of love, God’s love, and me trying to play my part in this conversation.”

“We live in a time when so many things are vying for the attention of our hearts,” Franklin says. “They don’t have to be all bad, but these things can become what matters to us more than they’re meant to. ‘Idols’ and every song on the album bubbled up – a tapestry of what I believe, what I feel, what I want, and my struggles. It’s the good, the bad, and the ugly,” Franklin says.

After selecting 50-60 song ideas, Franklin began collaborating with his fellowship of co-producers, Ron Hill, Shaun Martin, Max Stark and S1. His latest album, Losing My Religion in 2015, won a GRAMMY Award for Best Gospel Album in 2017. He has guest-starred with gospel and R&B artists including Kim Burrell, Lalah Hathaway, Tasha Cobbs and Tamela Mann. Franklin chose to let the music – a savory blend of gospel, R&B, hip-hop and other influences – play the lead role in LONG LIVE LOVE.

Celebrating his 29th career anniversary this year, the winner of more than 40 Stellar Awards, an NAACP Image Award and 16 Dove Awards is also busy pushing the boundaries in other endeavours. Franklin took her GRAMMY total to 16 Grammys at the 62nd Annual Awards.

In 2021, Franklin aims to make some fantastic additions to the Kirk Franklin Praise channel on SiriusXM and begin production on his bio-pic. “You already know what I’m going to say,” Franklin replies with a hearty laugh when asked about the secret to his career longevity and tireless drive to keep pushing. “It’s because of someone greater than me and you. I’m the least perfect person in the world. But having the opportunity to still be here and impart that faith that I believe in… I don’t know what else I could ask for.”


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