Quick Facts of
- First NameKirk Franklin
- Net Worth$ 16 million
Kirk Franklin founded Kirk Franklin and The Family, which are one of the best-known gospel groups in the world. His debut album under the group’s eponymous name Kirk Franklin and The Family (1993) sold a million copies which made them instant hits in the music industry. After this, Kirk Franklin was a household name for gospel fans.
Franklin started his career back in 1992 and has amassed a fortune from then on. Even though, the singer later broke up with his band but did not stop making music. Four of the albums he has worked on have reached platinum status which have contributed to his $8.5 million net worth.
His net worth is often compared to the likes of other gospel singers such as Shirley Caesar ($16 million) and Yolanda Adams ($5 million)
How Did Franklin Make His Fortune?
Kirk Franklin released his first album after he founded Kirk Franklin and The Family in 1993. The album was instantly beloved. It topped the gospel charts for 10 months. After this, the group released another album titled “Whatcha Lookin’ 4 “, 3 years after the release of their debut album.
The album won Franklin his first-ever Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album. His subsequent work also led to similar success. In 1997, he released God’s Property from Kirk Franklin’s Nu Nation which went on to be 3 times platinum-certified.
After this, he released The Nu Nation Project which also did well with the fans and was 2 times platinum-certified. In 2000, his group filed a lawsuit against him for the album after which the group ended and Kirk Franklin’s solo career began.
The same year he released Kirk Franklin Presents 1NC which was mediocre compared to his other efforts. In 2002, Franklin released The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin with the labels B-Rite and GospoCentric. This album was also certified platinum.
After the success of this album, he released Hero which sold more than a million copies. Some of his other notable works include The Fight of My Life, Hello Fear, Losing My Religion, Long Live Love, etc.
Record Sales, Earnings And Salary
Franklin is one of the highest-earning gospel singers and has earned millions of dollars. His millions of records sold are listed below:
|Kirk Franklin and the Family||$1,000,000||1993|
|Kirk Franklin & the Family Christmas||$500,000||1995|
|Whatcha Lookin’ 4||$500,000||1996|
|The Nu Nation Project||$500,000||1998|
|The Rebirth of Kirk Franklin||$500,000||2002|
House And Charity Works
Kirk Franklin has a house in Arlington, Texas, USA. The average price for a house in Arlington is around $217,350.
In addition to his stellar career, he has also done a lot of charity work with organizations like the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. Most of his charity work has been for the cause of health.
Kirk Franklin was born Kirk Dewayne Franklin on January 26, 1970, in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S to a mother who abandoned him at birth he was raised by his aunt Gertrude Franklin. He was brought up in a strict and religious household.
He joined the church’s choir due to his religious upbringing. His aunt tried to keep him out of trouble but the star rebelled and got his girlfriend pregnant while he was still in school. Franklin then went to Oscar Dean Wyatt High School where he studied music.
The gospel star is married to Tammy Collins as of January 2020. They got married on January 20, 1996. They were long-time friends before they tied the knot. Both of them also had children from previous relationships.
Collins had a daughter named Carrington who was later legally adopted by Franklin. He also had a son named Kerrion who was born in 1988 when Kirk was just 18 years old.
Additionally, they also have two children together named Kennedy (1997) and Caziah (2000).