Pioneering Artist Kirk Franklin’s Podcast Leads Important Conversations with Chance the Rapper, Chris Paul, Glennon Doyle, HER, Kelly Rowland and more
sixteen-time GRAMMY winner, artist, songwriter and producer Franklin and Sony Music Entertainment today announced the launch of âGood Words with Kirk Franklin,â 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 shared moments with some of entertainment’s biggest names, starting with Pharrell Williams. The first episode is available now.
In a deeply personal and introspective conversation that explores shared common experiences, Franklin provides listeners with 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, and his discovery of “purpose” and how it informs his life.
The wide and frank conversation spans the discussion around the COVID-19 pandemic at lighter moments that touch on Pharrell’s well-known skin care regimen and his new series, Voices of Fire, which recently released. 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 give way to 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.
About Kirk Franklin
Kirk Franklin wants everyone to know one thing. He will never stop pushing the limits. Franklin’s latest musical offering – and the 13th studio album – is the aptly titled LONG LIVE LOVE from his RCA-distributed label, Fo Yo Soul Recordings. But even before May 31 of the albumst release date, his first single is already setting serious milestones.
âLove Theoryâ ranked No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart and held the locked position for thirty-nine weeks. The vibrant track marked the No.1 singer’s seventh record and his second start to the top of the charts. With 1 million streams in the US in its first week by Nielsen Music, âLove Theoryâ also ranked # 1 in streaming Gospel songs as well as digital Gospel song sales. Her colorful and energetic video has racked up over 17.3 million views on YouTube and counts. The album “Long Live Love” and the single “Love Theory” won two Grammys in January 2020. Franklin says: “It’s my constant story about this love message, the love of God and me trying to play my role in this conversation. “
âWe live in a time when so much is vying for the attention of our hearts,â Franklin says. âThey don’t all have to be bad, but these things can become what matters to us more than they should. “Idols” and all of the songs on the album have come and gone – a tapestry of what I believe, what I feel, what I want and my struggles. It’s the good, the bad and the ugly, âFranklin says.
After selecting 50 to 60 song ideas, Franklin began collaborating with his fraternity 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. It featured guests from gospel and R&B artists including Kim Burrell, Lalah Hathaway, Tasha Cobbs and Tamela Mann. Franklin chose to let the music – a tasty mix of gospel, R&B, hip-hop and other influences – play the lead role on LONG LIVE LOVE.
Celebrating his 29th career anniversary this year, the winner of over 40 Stellar Awards, a NAACP Image Award and 16 Dove Awards is also busy pushing the boundaries in other projects. Franklin brought his GRAMMY total to 16 Grammys at the 62nd annual ceremony.
In 2021, Franklin aims to make some fantastic additions to the Kirk Franklin Praise channel on SiriusXM and begin production of his bio-photo. âYou already know what I’m going to say,â Franklin replies with a big laugh when asked what the secret was to his career longevity and his tireless willingness to keep pushing. âIt’s because of someone taller than me and you. I am the most imperfect person in the world. But to have the opportunity to still be here and communicate this faith that I believe inâ¦ I don’t know what else I could ask for.