Encore: Kirk Franklin Gearing Up For God’s Property Reunion
2014 started off with a huge announcement from gospel superstar Kirk Franklin.
The award-winning entertainer took to Facebook on New Year’s Day and wrote: “FAMILY I think it’s time to get the band back together…! GP ARE YOU WITH ME?!?! #2014”
More than 50,000 people liked the message, 528 people reposted it on their timelines and there were 2,400 comments from eager fans happy to hear that Franklin was planning to regroup the now defunct choir, God’s Property.
The 43-year-old singer/songwriter/producer presented God’s Property’s only CD release, a self-titled album, in 1997. Led by the then-controversial single, “Stomp,” which featured born again hip hop star Cheryl “Salt” James of Salt-N-Pepa fame, the song shot to the top of the charts on both gospel and mainstream radio platforms and its music video received heavy play on MTV, BET and VH1.
The CD “God’s Property” sold at more than three-million copies and was on top of the Billboard’s gospel chart for at least 71 weeks.
Despite God’s Property’s breakout success, Franklin parted ways with the choir after they filed suit against him on November 1998. In the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles, God’s Property founder Linda Searight accused Franklin of coercing her into signing an “onerous and one-sided” contract with B-Rite Music and claimed he owed the group money. The lawsuit was ultimately settled.
But it appears that Franklin is ready to let bygones by bygones and deliver a sophomore CD from God’s Property nearly 17 years later.
Members of God’s Property went on to have individual success after the group. Choir lead Myron Butler landed his own record deal with EMI Gospel (later Motown Gospel) and has released four CDs.
GP standout Candy West became a sought-after soloist in her own right, going on to record with Franklin’s 1 Nation Crew and working with artists Bishop TD Jakes, Marvin Sapp, Yolanda Adams, Fred Hammond and Deborah Cox. Group member Victor Evans was a vocalist in the ensemble Ten on NBC’s “The Sing-Off.”
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