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Kirk Franklin Declares, “Long Live Love.”

Kirk Franklin Declares, “Long Live Love.”

More than two decades after he revolutionized gospel music by mixing hip-hop backbeats and contemporary urban sounds into his songs of praise, Fort Worth native Kirk Franklin remains at the top of his genre. With “Love Theory,” the lead single from his new album “Long Live Love,” Franklin tied the record for most No. 1 hits on the Billboard Gospel Airplay chart. Last month, when the full album dropped, Franklin became the first artist to top all five of Billboard’s gospel charts simultaneously.

Franklin gave a jolt of the electrifying energy he brings to his live sets when he logged a stage-scorching performance at the BET Awards in late June. The 49-year-old gospel superstar says he always strives to present a dynamic stage show. “I want people to be energized when it’s done but also to feel like they left a great concert,” he says.

The “Long Live Love” tour kicks off in Austin with a July 11 show at the Paramount Theatre. We caught up with Franklin to talk about the new album, his Texas roots and the power of love.

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July 9th, 2019

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