Hero (Kirk Franklin album)

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Hero
Kfranklin hero.jpg
Studio album by Kirk Franklin
Released October 4, 2005
Recorded July 2005
Genre Urban contemporary gospel
Length 73:13
Label B-Rite, GospoCentric
Producer Kirk Franklin, J Moss
Kirk Franklin chronology
A Season of Remixes
(2003)
Hero
(2005)
Songs for the Storm
(2006)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Hero is an album released by Kirk Franklin, released October 4, 2005 on GospoCentric Records.

Hero was certified as Gold by the RIAA on December 2, 2005 (2005-12-02) and Platinum on December 14, 2006 (2006-12-14).[2]

In 2007 Hero won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album and "Imagine Me" won the Grammy Award for Best Gospel Song.[3]

Synopsis[edit]

Produced by Franklin and J. Moss, the album features songs with several urban contemporary gospel and R&B artists including Dorinda Clark-Cole, Tye Tribbett, Marvin Winans (member of the Winans), Stevie Wonder, and Yolanda Adams.[4]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Time Notes
1. "Intro - America the Beautiful" 0:45 vocals by the African Children’s Choir
2. "Looking for You" 4:06 Samples "Haven't You Heard" by Patrice Rushen and appears on the soundtrack to "Norbit".
3. "Hero" (with Dorinda Clark Cole) 5:20
4. "Interlude" (with Fred Hammond) 0:55
5. "Let It Go" (with Sonny Sandoval of P.O.D. and tobyMac) 4:59 Samples "Shout" by Tears for Fears
6. "The Process" 1:08
7. "Imagine Me" 5:18 2007 Grammy Award for Best Gospel Song
8. "Could've Been" (with J Moss and Tye Tribbett) 6:47
9. "Better" 4:00 Produced By Dre & Vidal
10. "Afterwhile" (with Yolanda Adams) 2:51
11. "Brokenhearted" (with Marvin L. Winans) 6:01
12. "Without You" 5:02
13. "Keep Your Head" 4:36 samples Keep Your Head to the Sky by Earth, Wind, and Fire
14. "Why" (with Stevie Wonder) 4:36
15. "First Love" 5:52
16. "The Appeal" 7:21
17. "Brokenhearted (Reprise)" 1:09
18. "Interlude" 0:30
19. "Sunshine" 4:59
20. "Outro" 1:11

Personnel[edit]

*Note: Personnel listing from Hero album liner.[4]

Vocalists[edit]

  • Ashley Guilbert
  • Nikki Ross
  • Daphanie Wright
  • Anashya Figueroa
  • Faith Anderson
  • Erica Davis
  • Jana Bell
  • Charmaine Swimpson
  • Isaac Carree
  • Eric Moore
  • Jason Champion
  • Anthony Evans
  • Myron Butler

Instrumentalists[edit]

  • Kirk Franklin - Keyboards, Minimoog, Piano, Drum Programming
  • Terry Baker - Drums
  • Shaun Martin - Keyboards, Drum Programming, Minimoog, Programming, Drums
  • Jerome Harmon - Keyboards, Hammond B3
  • Braylon Lacy - Bass Guitar
  • Doc Powell - Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
  • Ernie G - DJ, Keyboards, Programming
  • Jason Bell - Lead Guitar
  • Sheila E. - Percussion, Percussion Color
  • Chris Godbey - Programming
  • Vidal Davis - Percussion, Additional Instruments
  • Andre Harris - Percussion, Additional Instruments
  • Ryan Toby - Percussion
  • Jason Boyd - Percussion
  • Humberto Ruiz - Trombone
  • Lee Thornburg - Trumpet
  • Paul Cerra - Saxophone
  • Dave Monsch - Baritone Sax
  • Jamie Hovorka - Trumpet

Orchestra[edit]

Notable Singles[edit]

Hero featured the singles "Looking for You" and "Imagine Me". "Looking for You" was released as a single on September 20, 2005 in the U.S. and was a top-five hit on the Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[5][6]

Charts[edit]

Hero peaked at No. 13 on The Billboard 200 chart on October 22, 2005 (2005-10-22), [6] It also reached No. 4 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[6]

Chart Peak
position [6]
U.S. Billboard 200 13
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 4

Awards[edit]

In 2006, the album won a Dove Award for Urban Album of the Year at the 37th GMA Dove Awards. The song "Looking for You" also won a Dove Award for Urban Recorded Song of the Year.[7]

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