Kirk Franklin Brings New Gospel Competition to BET

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  • Award-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin appears in this public Facebook profile photo.
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    Award-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin appears in this public Facebook profile photo.
By Christine Thomasos, Christian Post Reporter
June 14, 2013|10:03 am

A new gospel music competition is making its way to BET Networks in the form of the one hour docu-series called "Gone Gospel."

"Gone Gospel" is a competition that will give popular musicians from the past the opportunity to endure a gospel boot camp and change their lives by creating their own personal inspirational music, according to digitaljournal.com. Numerous gospel greats will serve as mentors through each challenge in a musical and emotional journey.

However, only one singer will be able to win the competition in the show that was executive produced by Grammy Award winning gospel musician Kirk Franklin. Franklin will also serve as the host.

Although BET Networks has yet to announce the official air date of "Gone Gospel," fans of Franklin can catch him on the network hosting "Sunday's Best." The seven-time Grammy award winner recently launched his own radio channel on Sirius XM called "Kirk Franklin's Praise" on channel 64.

Franklin, 43, recently gave his fans some insight into his hard upbringing before he became a well known face in the gospel music world.

"I was adopted by a 64-year-old lady and we were raised in really difficult times. You know, standing in line to get the block cheese, getting the tough jeans," Franklin revealed on Shade 45's radio show "Sway In The Morning."

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"I had a sister that had a real bad drug problem. [She] spent over a decade in prison- prostitution. So, we lived that life and it was a difficult life," He continued.

The gospel musician said he developed his Christian faith further when one of his close friends was killed as a young teenager.

"I was 15 when my dude got killed and when he got killed is when I got closer to faith," Franklin revealed to host Sway Calloway. "That's when I really just developed my own relationship with the Lord."

 

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