Celebrating Black Joy with Kirk Franklin

Watch this exceptional Tiny Desk performance in honor of Black History Month.

Kirk Franklin, set up with his band and choir in a corner of Uncle Jessie’s Kitchen, says, “I know you’re at home right now, in your draws, listening to some Jesus music. It’s ok. Jesus loves you in your draws!”

Play List

  • Love Theory
  • Silver and Gold
  • Melodies From Heaven
  • I Smile

Franklin is performing at Uncle Jessie’s Kitchen, a studio located in Arlington, Texas. The jubilant energy that Franklin and company emit is illustrative of the importance of gospel music in the Black community.

For nearly 30 years, Franklin has been widely regarded for revolutionizing gospel. He incorporated secular music, particularly hip-hop, while preserving the message and integrity of traditional gospel. Here, he and his powerhouse choir uplift us with their decades-long, sixteen Grammy award winning discography of faith, praise, and encouragement while cracking plenty of jokes.

NPR Music’s Tiny Desk series celebrated Black History Month by featuring four weeks of Tiny Desk (home) concerts and playlists by Black artists spanning different genres and generations each week. The lineup included both emerging and established artists who performed a Tiny Desk concert for the first time. This celebration highlighted the beautiful cornucopia of Black music and NPR’s special way of presenting it.

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