Kirk Franklin: The Lord Is My Witness
GP are you wit me? This is the infamous hook shouted by gospel recording artist Kirk Franklin, from his hit tune Stomp. It's quite amazing how none of the most popular gospel artists could break into the mainstream, but somehow, someway Franklin managed to set the trend. After bringing out one gospel hit, then a Christmas album, which did exceptionally well, his new fame allowed him to cross over giving him recognition as the Garth Brooks of gospel.
To measure the artist's success it's truly immeasurable. Since his early days growing up in Texas and living under his religious aunt's roof, she is credited with introducing him to the world of music, which he began to appreciate. Nevertheless the young Texan who had a church background was not always a saint. In fact, he was criticized for being a back slider. Franklin also ran in the streets, seeing his close friend lose his life to gun fire which affected him dramatically and caused him to reevaluate his life. Kirk Franklin's story is a living testimony how one can go from good to bad, then back to being righteous.