The Nu Nation Project

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The Nu Nation Project
Studio album by Kirk Franklin
Released September 22, 1998
Recorded 1997-1998
Genre Urban contemporary gospel
Label B-Rite, Interscope
Kirk Franklin chronology
God's Property
The Nu Nation Project
Kirk Franklin presents 1NC
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]

The Nu Nation Project is the fifth studio album by Kirk Franklin. It is his last CD with The Family and God's Property, the first to feature One Nation Crew, and the only one to feature Nu Nation. Kirk Franklin's original song "Something About the Name Jesus" is the sequel entitled "Something About the Name Jesus, Pt. 2" featuring Rance Allen, Marvin Winans, John P. Kee & Isaac Carree from the 2011 album, Hello Fear. It was released on September 22, 1998, and won the 1998 Grammy Awards for "Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album".[3]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Time Notes
1. "Interlude: The Verdict " 1:30
2. "Revolution" 5:38 featuring Rodney Jerkins, Background vocals by One Nation Crew; co-produced by Rodney Jerkins
3. "Lean on Me" 5:08 featuring Bono (lead singer of U2), Crystal Lewis, Mary J. Blige and R. Kelly; Background by the Family and Nu Nation
4. "Something About the Name Jesus" 6:08 featuring Rance Allen and Men of Standard, Background by the Family
5. "Riverside" 5:26 Background by the Family
6. "He Loves Me" 5:43 Background by the Family
7. "Gonna Be a Lovely Day" 5:41 Background by the Nu Nation
8. "Praise Joint [Remix]" 4:22 Background by God's Property
9. "Hold Me Now" 5:51 Background by Nu Nation
10. "You Are" 3:53 Background by the Family, Gospel Tabernacle Church Choir
11. "Interlude: The Car (Stomp)" 1:25
12. "If You've Been Delivered" 3:34 Background by Nu Nation, O.D. Wyatt High School Choir, featuring D.J. Ernie Green (Ernie G)
13. "Smile Again" 6:52 featuring Donnie McClurkin and James Henderson; Background by God's Property
14 "Love [Remix]" 0:39 Background by Nu Nation
15 "My Desire" 4:17 featuring Fred Hammond Background by the Family, O.D. Wyatt High School Choir
16 "Blessing in the Storm" 3:29 Background by the Family
17 "I Can" 1:23 Background by the Family



  • Kirk Franklin: Lead Vocals
  • Rodney Jerkins: Rap Vocals on Revolution
  • Bono: Lead Vocals on Lean on Me
  • Crystal Lewis: Lead Vocals on Lean on Me
  • Mary J. Blige: Lead Vocals on Lean on Me
  • R. Kelly: Lead Vocals on Lean on Me
  • Rance Allen: Lead Vocals on Something About the Name Jesus
  • Men of Standard: Background Vocals on Something About the Name Jesus
  • Fred Hammond: Lead Vocals on My Desire
  • Donnie McClurkin: Lead Vocals on Smile Again
  • James Henderson: Lead Vocals on Gonna Be a Lovely Day and Smile Again
  • LaKiesha Grandy: Lead Vocals on He Loves Me and Gonna Be a Lovely Day
  • Dalon Collins: Lead Vocals on Lean on Me and Gonna Be a Lovely Day
  • Caltomeesh West: Lead Vocals on Gonna Be a Lovely Day
  • Tamela Mann: Lead Vocals on Lean on Me and Gonna Be a Lovely Day
  • The Family: Background Vocals on Lean on Me, Riverside, He Loves Me, You Are, Blessing In The Storm, My Desire and I Can
  • God's Property: Background Vocals on Praise Joint (Remix) and Smile Again
  • One Nation Crew: Background Vocals on Revolution
  • O.D. Wyatt High School Choir: Background Vocals on If You've Been Delivered and My Desire


  • Kirk Franklin: Piano, Programming
  • Bobby Sparks: Keyboards, Organ, Piano, Strings, Programming, Drum Programming
  • Jerome Allen: Bass
  • Mark Harper: Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
  • Jerome Harmon: Organ
  • Len Barrett: Percussion
  • Erick J. Morgan: Live Drums
  • Dan Shea: Piano, Keyboards and Rhythm Programming on Lean on Me
  • Nathan East: Bass on Lean on Me
  • Michael Landau: Guitar on Lean on Me
  • Ricky Dawson: Drums on Lean on Me
  • Jeremy Haynes: Live Drums on Riverside
  • Malcolm Robertson: Trombone on My Desire
  • Ira Bassit: Trumpet on My Desire
  • Keith Anderson: Alto & Tenor Sax on My Desire
  • Rayse Biggs: Trumpet on My Desire
  • Randy Scott: Saxophone on My Desire

Certification and Chart Success[edit]

The album was certified Gold on January 20, 1999 (1999-01-20), Platinum on January 20, 1999 (1999-01-20) 2x Platinum on March 28, 2000 (2000-03-28).[4]