Performer: Kirk Franklin
Artist: Yolanda Adams; Smokie Norful; Fantasia; Shelia E; TobyMac
Engineer: Chris Godbey; Mike Tsarfati; Bill Airey Smith; Eric Hartman...
Producer: Shaun Martin; Kirk Franklin; Vidal Davis; Andre Harris; Chris Godbey; Kirk Franklin...
Distributor: BMG (distributor)
Notes: Personnel: Kirk Franklin (piano, keyboards, mini-Moog synthesizer, drum programming); Kirk Franklin (vocals, rap vocals); Daphanie Wright, Faith Anderson, Nikki Ross (vocals, soprano); Jason Champion (vocals, tenor); Dorinda Clark-Cole, Jana Bell, Erica Davis, Anthony Lavon Evans, J Moss, African Children's Choir, Myron Butler, Ashley Guilbert, Stevie Wonder, Tye Tribbett (vocals); Todd Parsnow (guitar, guitars); Jason Bell (guitar); Doc Powell (guitars); Katie Kirkpatrick (harp); Brent Fischer (violin, cymbals, timpani); Assa Drori, Brian Benning, Shari Zippert, Sally Berman, Robert Brosseau, Elizabeth Wilson, Irma Neumann, Armen Garabedian, Berj Garabedian (violin); Jorge Moraga, Kazi Pitelka, Karie Prescott, Renita Koven (viola); Don Smith , Earl Madison, Miguel Martinez (cello); Sheridon Stokes (flute); Don Shelton (clarinet); Jeff Driskill (alto clarinet); Phil Feather (bass clarinet, oboe); Dave Monsch (baritone saxophone); Chuck Koontz (tuba); Braylon Lacy (electric bass); Terry Baker, Terri Baker (drums); Jason Boyd, Ryan Toby (percussion); Chris Godbey (programming, drum programming); Matt Butler (cello); Paulie Cerra (saxophone); Lee Thornburg, Jamie Hovorka (trumpet); Humberto Ruiz (trombone); Shaun Martin (piano, keyboards, mini-Moog synthesizer, drums, programming, drum programming); Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon (keyboards); Andre Harris, Sheila E., Vidal Davis (percussion). Audio Mixers: Vincent Dilorenzo; Dave Pensado; John Jascz. Recording information: Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA (07/2005); Luminous Sounds, Dallas, TX (07/2005); Studio 609, Philadephia, PA (07/2005). Photographer: Mark Mann . Though testimonies of faith and questions of morality are still at the heart of Kirk Franklin's message, 2005's HERO represents something of a musical departure for the gospel superstar. Recorded with a full orchestra--complete with lush strings and driving horns--HERO is one of Franklin's most musically ambitious outings. Featuring guest appearances by Stevie Wonder ("Why"), Dorinda Clark-Cole ("Hero"), and Yolanda Adams ("Afterwhile"), not to mention a song that utilizes a Tears for Fears sample ( "Let It Go"), the album offers plenty of variety, and a few surprises, in addition to its large-scale arrangements. Franklin manages to integrate these new elements perfectly into the celebratory and healing music on which he's built his career.
Hailing from Fort Worth, TX, Kirk Franklin was leading the choir in his Baptist church by the age of 11, and before long, he was contributing material to numerous successful gospel artists. A smash straight out of the gate with his 1994 debut album, Franklin quickly became the biggest gospel star of the '90s, a musical wunderkind who, if he was performing secular material, would probably be ranked with the likes of Stevie Wonder or Prince. Ever the crossover king, he's led a number of ensembles, including the Nu Nation Project and God's Property, to both the gospel and the pop charts.
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