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Kirk Franklin's seventh album, Hero, is special in more ways than one. The disc is his second as the sole titular artist -- no Family, God's Property, or budding protégé to introduce to the world -- and his first-ever all-out studio album, a prospect that gives him more leverage to try new things and push the envelope in ways that doing a live recording wouldn't let him. Franklin is unique in that he's more a master of ceremonies and choir leader than anything else, which means Hero's ambitious, often intricate compositions are meant for others to sing and make their own. In this case, the guest list is an endless parade of gospel luminaries new and established, including Yolanda Adams, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Marvin Winans, J. Moss, Tye Tribbett, and Franklin's own terrific backup vocalists. Not surprisingly, these collaborations represent Hero's churchier side, which can range from explosive ("Could've Been") and dramatic ("Hero") one moment to demure and understated the next ("Afterwhile," "Brokenhearted"). Stylistically, though, Franklin is at his best when he ventures outside of gospel into realms his peers rarely visit, like disco-pop ("Looking for You"), classic R&B ("Keep Your Head"), '80s pop
ock ("Let It Go"), and soul ("Why," featuring none other than Stevie Wonder). It's these out of the box experiments with their winsome throwback samples, horns, thumping beats, and those versatile backup vocalists that reveal the why of Franklin's superstar status in gospel: he's not just an artist, but a multifaceted entertainer, producer, songwriter, and arranger -- a tireless renaissance man who has rightfully earned his place as the best-selling artist in the history of the genre he loves.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/04/2005
Label: Gospocentric
UPC: 0828767101927
catalogNumber: 71019
Rank: 44371

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kirk Franklin   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Rap,Mini Moog
African Children's Choir   Vocals
Elizabeth Wilson   Violin
Terry Baker   Drums
Robert Brosseau   Violin
Dorinda Clark-Cole   Vocals
Assa Drori   Violin
Jeff Driskill   Alto Clarinet
Sheila E.   Percussion
Clare Fischer   Conductor
Brent Fischer   Violin,Conductor,Cymbals,Timpani
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Katie Kirkpatrick   Harp
Earl Madison   Cello
Miguel Martinez   Cello
Jorge Moraga   Viola
Irma Neumann   Violin
Kazi Pitelka   Viola
Karie Prescott   Viola
Don Smith   Cello
Sheridon Stokes   Flute
Lee Thornburg   Trumpet
Ryan Toby   Percussion
Stevie Wonder   Vocals
Shari Zippert   Violin
Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon   Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Renita Koven   Viola
Jason Champion   Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Todd Parsnow   Guitar
Matt Butler   Cello
Andre Harris   Percussion,Multi Instruments
Myron Butler   Vocals
Nikki Ross   Vocals,Soprano (Vocal)
Shaun Martin   Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Mini Moog
Brian Benning   Violin
Humberto Ruiz   Trombone
Vidal Davis   Percussion,Multi Instruments
Jana Bell   Vocals,Alto (Vocal)
Ashley Guilbert   Vocals,Alto (Vocal)
Don Shelton   Clarinet
J Moss   Vocals
Daphanie Wright   Vocals,Soprano (Vocal)
Jamie Hovorka   Trumpet
Jason Boyd   Percussion
Paulie Cerra   Saxophone
Phillip D. Feather   Bass Clarinet,Oboe
Tye Tribbett   Vocals
Sally Berman   Violin
Anthony Lavon Evans   Vocals
Erica Davis   Vocals,Alto (Vocal)
Faith Anderson   Vocals,Soprano (Vocal)
Chuck Koontz   Tuba
Jason Bell   Guitar
Terri Baker   Drums
Braylon Lacy   Electric Bass
Dave Monsch   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

P.C. Bailey   Composer
Assa Drori   Principal
Clare Fischer   Orchestral Arrangements
Brent Fischer   Orchestral Arrangements
Kirk Franklin   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,drum programming,Audio Production
A. Harris   Composer
Chris Godbey   Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Andre Harris   Producer
Shaun Martin   Programming,Producer,drum programming,Additional Music
Max Siegel   Executive Producer
Vidal Davis   Producer
Courtney Walter   Art Direction
Jessie Hurst   Executive Producer
V. Davis   Composer
Carla Williams   Executive Producer
Bill Airey Smith   Engineer
Ernie Green   Additional Music
Mike Tsarfati   Engineer
Eric Hartman   Engineer

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