Gospel great Kirk Franklin is a talented pianist, music director, songwriter, hype man, MC, and a pretty decent rapper, dancer and mime. But by his own admission, he is a man with “limited singing ability.” Just don’t ever let that keep you from attending one of his praise and worship concerts.
Throughout his career, the 41-year-old Franklin has expertly aggregated all the talents that he was given with those of a remarkable group of strong vocalists. Friday night’s show at the Fox Theater was no exception. And while you might not call everything Franklin does gospel, certainly not in the traditional sense, there’s no denying that the spiritual and uplifting label sticks every time.
Franklin and eight singers — including BET “Sunday Best” Season 4 winner Amber Bullock — entertained fans or “family,” as Franklin likes to call them, for three non-stop hours with tunes that ranged from the traditional “Never Alone” to the more contemporary “Why We Sing,” which helped put