After two decades in the music industry, Kirk Franklin is gearing up to get on the road and journey through his hefty catalog for fans.
Franklin’s show will kick off in March and travel to 24 cities in what will be known as “The 20 Years In One Night Tour.”
“The 20 Years in One Night Tour will be a retrospective of Kirk Franklin’s impressive, 20-plus year body of work, which has garnered him honors including nine GRAMMY Awards, 40 Stellar Awards and 16 GMA Dove Awards.” “Beloved for his distinct brand of inspirational music and lively stage performances, Franklin is extremely excited about the upcoming tour.”
The announcement comes after the November release of Franklin’s 11th studio album “Losing My Religion,” which has garnered a Grammy nomination and shot to the top of Billboard Gospel, Christian and R&B charts.
“It’s always exciting when your body of work kind of takes you for a surprise and that’s really what happened to me. It threw me for a loop and a surprise.” “I really, really love that that can happen.”
Still, he admitted that the album almost never happened because of his fears that he could not top his previous projects.
“To be transparent, that’s what took me so long to do the album. A lot of it was fear, and then I really began to learn that spiritually fear is a form of pride,” Franklin revealed. “It was pride that I would never be able to live up to ‘I Smile.’ I would tend to just kind of stay away, because I was scared of not being accepted like I was with ‘I Smile.'”
Despite previous fears centered around creating new music, it seems Franklin still knows how to strike a chord with people. His first single off of the new record titled, “Wanna Be Happy,” made gospel music history last September when it became the best first-week digital single in the history of gospel sales.
Still, Franklin is doing his best not to place too much importance on these type of victories.
“I’m very cautious to not be too observant, or too consumed with what works and what doesn’t work, because I think that’s when you fail,” he said.
Regardless of how his album is received, Franklin is willing to go through trial and error in order to keep people focused on God.
“I just keep trying and failing and I will continue to keep trying to see what I can do to try to keep people engaged in the conversation about our Lord and Savior, man,” he said. “Really that’s all I’m trying to do. Really, at the end of the day, if I want to keep God part of the conversation then I will do everything I can to make that happen.”
“Losing My Religion” from RCA Records and Franklin’s own Fo Yo Soul Recordings, is officially in stores and features Kim Burell, Tamela Mann, and Tasha Page Lockhart.