He can officially be called the “Hardest Working Man in Gospel,” as Grammy winner Kirk Franklin expands his profile with a new reality show and a SiriusXM channel.
Black Entertainment Television has announced that Franklin will host a new series called “Gone Gospel,” a one-hour music competition reality series that chronicles the journey of popular musical artists of yesteryear in a gospel boot camp. “Gone Gospel” will showcase the artists working towards a second chance at stardom by transforming their lives and working on their own inspirational anthem.
The “Smile” singer will host the series and the competing artists will be mentored by a who’s who of gospel greats. At the end of the series, one artist will be crowned the winner.
Additionally, on May 24, SiriusXM satellite radio rebranded their Praise Channel 64 and renamed it Kirk Franklin’s Praise.
The launch of the channel included a live performance and an intimate question-and-answer session with Franklin in front of a studio audience as part of SiriusXM’s “Artist Confidential” series.
The commercial-free gospel music station will continue to have network hosts Gina Rogers, Meta Washington, and Fred Mills; in addition to hearing Houston-based Pastor Rudy Rasmus sharing his unique style of applying love to real-life, spiritually uplifting and motivational situations on his weekly “Love Revolution” show.
Franklin will also continue to host BET’s “Sunday Best” series. Earlier this year, the Fort Worth, Texas-bred talent made his debut as the co-host on GSN’s “The American Bible Challenge.”
AlwaysAList.com reported on April 4 that Franklin had partnered with Live Nation to rebrand their House of Blues brunches to Kirk Franklin’s Gospel Brunch.