On July 10th Gospel music veteran Kirk Franklin was surprised with a Gold plaque certification for his "Best Gospel Song" award-winning single "Love Theory." The song was the lead single from Franklin's 12th studio album Long, Live, Love.
In reflection, Franklin offers a sobering reflection of the need not to be sidetracked by fame. Rather, he wants to continue to make music to make God smile. "Transparency: at 51, I know that most people listen to my older music more than the new," Franklin confessed.
"Streaming has affected my genre in ways that it hasn't others. So I resolved in my heart a while back that I MUST do music strictly for the purpose of making the Father smile. I don't look at the charts, watch performances of myself, because years ago it became an idol for me. So this was not supposed to happen... not after all these years. This one means more than you'll ever know, so I wanted every artist in the room to join me on stage because this is for them as well. It's for the culture of gospel music. For them to know gospel music isn't going anywhere, God is building them something new... .Father, I don't wanna love nobody but you."