Kirk Franklin and the Family

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Kirk Franklin and the Family (Live)
Live album by
Kirk Franklin & the Family
ReleasedJune 29, 1993
RecordedJuly 25, 1992 (1992-07-25) at Grace Temple Church in Fort Worth, Texas[1]
GenreUrban contemporary gospel
ProducerRodney Frazier
Arthur Dyer
Kirk Franklin & the Family chronology
Kirk Franklin and the Family (Live)
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]

Kirk Franklin and the Family (Live) is the debut album released by Kirk Franklin. This is also the debut album by Franklin in collaboration with the vocal ensemble, the Family. It was released on June 29, 1993.[3]

Background information[edit]

The album was recorded live on July 25, 1992 (1992-07-25) at Grace Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church in Fort Worth, Texas[1] and produced by Rodney Frazier and Arthur Dyer.

All songs on the album were written and arranged by Kirk Franklin. "Speak To Me" includes partial adaptation of a Stanley Brown/Hezekiah Walker composition.[4]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Time Lead vocals Notes
1. Why We Sing 5:55 Kirk Franklin Contains re-sung lyrics from "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" performed by Ethel Waters, based on Gospel hymn written by Civilla D. Martin & Charles H. Gabriel[5]
2. He's Able 4:05 Kirk Franklin; David Mann
3. Silver & Gold 4:52 Cassandra Cleveland
4. Call on the Lord 3:32 Sheila Brice
5. Real Love 5:22 Teresa Young; Dalon Collins; Yolanda McDonald
6. He Can Handle It 5:09 Kirk Franklin
7. A Letter from My Friend 5:41 Dalon Collins
8. The Family Worship Medley 7:55 Terri Pace; Nelda Washington; Demetrius Herefort; Darrell Blair; Tamela Mann
9. Speak to Me 4:19 Kirk Franklin; Byron Cole
10. Till We Meet Again 7:14 Carrie Young-Davis; Ramona White; Duawne Starling

Certification and chart success[edit]

The album was certified Platinum on November 14, 1995 (1995-11-14).[6]



  • David Mann
  • Elder Jonathan Drummond
  • Dalon Collins
  • Byron Cole
  • Minister Darrell Blair
  • Tommy Colter
  • Duawne Starling
  • Sheila Brice
  • Ramona White
  • Nelda Washington
  • Terri Pace
  • Carrie Young-Davis "Mousie"
  • Kisha Grandy
  • Tamela Mann
  • Janette Williams
  • Demetrius "Dee" Hereford
  • Yolanda McDonald
  • Teresa Young
  • Cassandra Cleveland-Robertson


  • Jerome Allen - bass
  • Eric Morgan - drums
  • Jerome Harmon, Bobby Sparks - keyboards
  • Anthony Thomas - bandleader


The album won a GMA Dove Award for Traditional Gospel Album of the Year at the 24th GMA Dove Awards in 1993.


  1. ^ a b Kirk Franklin and the Family (Live) CD (2001)
  2. ^ AllMusic review
  3. ^ Kirk Franklin & Family
  4. ^ Franklin, Kirk (1993). Kirk Franklin & The Family (CD inset). Kirk Franklin. GospoCentric Records/Sparrow Records. p. 6.
  5. ^ "Why We Sing" Sample of "His Eye Is on the Sparrow".
  6. ^ RIAA website