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As he comes to Busch Gardens, Kirk Franklin talks about blending gospel, R&B and pop


Kirk Franklin has always had swagger.

In 1993, his initial album infused such a young and vibrant sound into the world of gospel music that it was placed in heavy rotation on gospel and R&B stations alike.

Not much has changed about how the Forth Worth, Texas, native delivers his gospel music. It’s raw. It’s fun, It’s honest. And that’s what Franklin, 40, said folks should expect Saturday when he takes the stage at Busch Gardens’ Gwazi Field.

“I always try to get people excited and crunk about being a Christian,” Franklin said during a recent phone interview. “It’s not always a worldly thing. You can come to an event where someone is singing about God’s grace and mercy and you can still have a good time. In Tampa, I want people’s feet sore. I want them losing their voices from screaming and having a good time.”

Franklin and American Idol finalist Mandisa perform at 4 p.m. at Gwazi Park at Busch Gardens in Tampa. Tickets are included with park admission. Click here for details.

For more with Kirk Franklin, click here to check out Demorris A. Lee's interview.

Photo: Michael C. Weimar, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:19pm]


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