Kirk Franklin: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

NPR Music's Tiny Desk series will celebrate 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 includes both emerging and established artists who will be performing a Tiny Desk concert for the first time. This celebration highlights the beautiful cornucopia of Black music and our special way of presenting it. We hope you enjoy.
Bobby Carter | February 25, 2021
Kirk Franklin, set up with his band and choir in a corner of Uncle Jessie's Kitchen, makes a declaration. "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!" The Arlington, Texas studio, named after a long time close friend, features a large photo of the iconic "I AM A MAN" protest signs from the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike on the wall. The jubilant energy that Franklin and company emit, juxtaposed with a visual reminder of the strife that Black people have endured 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 pace through a decades-long, sixteen Grammy award winning discography of faith, praise and encouragement while cracking plenty of jokes. I cannot recall a more moving Tiny Desk home performance.
All month long, we've presented artists that speak to the diversity and complexity of Black music--where we've been, where we are and where we're going. For the final show, we take it back to the spiritual roots and there's no one more fitting to cap things off than Mr. Kirk Franklin.
Love Theory
Silver and Gold
Melodies From Heaven
I Smile
Kirk Franklin: vocals, keys
Melodie Pace: vocals
Darian Elliot: vocals
Michael Bethany: vocals
Eboni Ellerson: vocals
Deon Yancey: vocals
Tia Rudd: vocals
Shaun Martin: keyboard
Matthew Ramsey: bass
Terry Baker: drums, percussion
Video: Clear Scope Media
Audio: Michael Havens Reese Brooks
Producers: Bobby Carter
Video Producer: Morgan Noelle Smith
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Art Director: CJ Riculan
Tiny Production Team: Bob Boilen, Kara Frame, Maia Stern
Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann
#nprmusic #kirkfranklin #gospel #tinydesk




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    NPR MusicNPR Music22 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • I love Kirk Franklin and his music. NPR news? Supports a platform that slaughters babies. Don't be deceived. I can only figure Kirk chose to bring the Lord's love, despite management's illness.

      Jeff RemingtonJeff Remingtonวันที่ผ่านมา
    • God is real

      Z BobZ Bob8 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • This is incredible!!!❤❤❤👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

      zenobia328zenobia3289 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • NPR Tiny Desk is great!

      MJ BashienMJ Bashien10 วันที่ผ่านมา
    • Can y’all delete the commercials from this one please.

      colleen8406colleen840614 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Officially the 10th time ive watched this performance. I love it.

    HeftyFineHeftyFine2 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Que lindezaaaaaaa❤

    Carolina de paulaCarolina de paula2 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • I’m blessed to be here

    Reuben MillsReuben Mills4 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • How people dislike this???

    KEESHA MadisonKEESHA Madison5 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Beautiful.

    ThePalmatronThePalmatron6 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Does he curse in this track?

    gabz groovegabz groove7 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Sound amazing!!!!

    Fabián RoncancioFabián Roncancio8 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • a energia é tão boa que 15 minutos parecem horas com eles. perfeitoooo

    Joao Vitor LacerdaJoao Vitor Lacerda10 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Thank you

    Justin TindelJustin Tindel11 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • 8:18 아... 이것이 그루브라는 것인가..

    NYUKS녁스NYUKS녁스12 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • The best

    TamcelynnTamcelynn12 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • No

    Nicholas RomanNicholas Roman13 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Hay

    Van LeVan Le14 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Make a black America again.! Super.

    tanaka shigemitsutanaka shigemitsu14 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Shivers thru all my body every time I watch this AWESOME performance. When people say that music is a tool that came ditrectly from the heavens is this they are talking about. GOD BLESS YOU ALL! Greetings from Brazil !! 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷

    Viktor CoutoViktor Couto19 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • That bass player is absolutely ridiculously blessed!!! He is incredible!!!! I wish I could hear him more.....a true blessing!!!!

    medray medraymedray medray22 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • Hi

    Hoa TranHoa Tran23 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • What in THE world happened at 10:53 with that bass player 😳 harmonious chords ??? Crazzzzzeeeeeeeee AND can we take a minute to appreciate those background singers absolutely crushing it.... while 👉🏽 sitting DOWN?😳🔥

    Tim WatsonTim Watson23 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
  • 베이스 진짜 끝장이다..

    Dustin BDustin Bวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Crazy sound, hello from Romania

    Bogdan NicusorBogdan Nicusorวันที่ผ่านมา
  • the new gospel sound !!! smile & blue sky..woohhahhoo!!

    regis guihoregis guihoวันที่ผ่านมา
  • The harmony of those back up singers is flawless.

  • all of them are really creating pure happiness :-)

    Robert MulchRobert Mulchวันที่ผ่านมา

    Martin DoepkeMartin Doepkeวันที่ผ่านมา
  • I'm holding Kirk to a personal concert in my living room!

    Jon HerringJon Herringวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Deus Abençoe Sempre Glória a Deus

    Anna biaAnna biaวันที่ผ่านมา
  • First song is a plagiat of Jacob Collier

    Krzysztof MarekKrzysztof Marekวันที่ผ่านมา
    • Huh? What song has been plagiarized?

      Charles PeroCharles Pero22 ชั่วโมงที่ผ่านมา
    • Doubt that

      trina p.trina p.วันที่ผ่านมา
  • All I can say is that this was completely mesmerising, joy bringing, spirit and talent filled!! Thank you NPR, Kirk and his amazing team for this amazing truly spectacular set! It is so important in such a time as this, and it is wonderful to see so many people have been blessed by this too.

    Victoria StubbsVictoria Stubbsวันที่ผ่านมา
  • His facial expressions though

    Wayne LangatWayne Langatวันที่ผ่านมา
    • What you mean, must not follow his music

      Wayne LangatWayne Langatวันที่ผ่านมา
    • That's the Holy Ghost sir. You must not follow his music.

      trina p.trina p.วันที่ผ่านมา
  • First time I heard Kirk Franking & his band and it's sooooo beautiful. Love and appreciate his music.

    Kasia StefaniukKasia Stefaniukวันที่ผ่านมา
  • 👏👏👏

    Nhung NguyễnNhung Nguyễnวันที่ผ่านมา
  • This should titled "Gospel Bass Clinic" feat. Matt Ramsy

    Sir AxelSir Axelวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Waooo exelente....

    Jacobo AguayoJacobo Aguayoวันที่ผ่านมา
  • I really thought that would start with a Jacob Collier cover.

    Daniel GonzálezDaniel Gonzálezวันที่ผ่านมา
  • BASS for me

    M SharpM Sharpวันที่ผ่านมา
  • Grew up listening to kirk Franklin, he made church enjoyable love this!!!

  • @NPRmusic - where's part II?

    truce11truce112 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • JESUS IS ALIVE, he is in us. That's why we sing happily. ❤️

    Shaila FerreiraShaila Ferreira2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Amazing.. So uplifting.. Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou. Xx🥰

    andrea johnstoneandrea johnstone2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Matt Ramsey did not come to play on that Bass!! He came to PLAYYYY!! 100%

    Morris Edmund AgabaMorris Edmund Agaba2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • 한복음교회 찬양팀과 목사님

    젖은머리해적단젖은머리해적단2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • ¡El bajista se la comió en esta vuelta! The bassist ate it all!

    Elvin DrummerElvin Drummer2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • I'm a black woman, and don't understand why people get so excited over Kirk Franklin, black people we just love music, there was nothing here that makes me saved or unsaved.

    Jean NwosuJean Nwosu2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Will you be playing in the band in the sky? very good ...amazing

    Felipe CardosoFelipe Cardoso2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • How can you thumbs down this creative, inspirational, wow music?!

    Ramona BellRamona Bell2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Tiny Desk...good job....Can you now have WILLIAM MURPHY?!

    Faye CrawfordFaye Crawford2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • These people are the definition of professional musicians. The bassist is a very hungry man. Starvin.

    joshuahonore08joshuahonore082 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Keep Tha Party Goin' - Kirk, Choir, Band & NPR - At 3.6 Million Views!

    Steven WelpSteven Welp2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Takes you back to singing on the porch with cousins and grandma’s house. Thanks for sharing the love of Christ.....amen

    Rachelle' ConnerRachelle' Conner2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Matt yo crazy as heaven brotha! 🔥🔥🔥

    Carlito Rosales Jr.Carlito Rosales Jr.2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The bassist!!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 My God!!!

    Adeniyi TiwajopeAdeniyi Tiwajope2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • thank you! from japan.

    uk 1117uk 11172 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Nem o rei Davi não teve uma equipe de levitas desse se Loko ..... Jesus é bom de Mais!

    Wallace De Sousa BarrosWallace De Sousa Barros2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • nice sound

    Brother John'sBrother John's2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • NOSSA Que qualidade Tocam muito Cantam muito Misericórdia

    Pr1nce_Pr1nce_2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Kirk is LITERALLY ...playing the keyboard... dancing... leading and directing all at the same time... AMAZING

    The LA GentlemanThe LA Gentleman2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • so blessed... thank you...

    papankuncipapankunci2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Thank you

    Just SuzieJust Suzie2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Matt Ramsey YOU LEGEND

    Oludare Joshua DadaOludare Joshua Dada2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Bass player is definitely describing the indescribable. Channeling the source to bless us all! Respect!

    Alaya RahmAlaya Rahm2 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • If you are not a Saved believer, this song can be talking about any person you love. This is the problem with these supposedly Gospel singers; their music is VOID of JESUS.

    sheila henrysheila henry3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Outstanding.

    Khaliq Ra'uf Ibn Hamid BeyKhaliq Ra'uf Ibn Hamid Bey3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • It sounds like one Jacob Collier's song

    Juan MurciaJuan Murcia3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Matt Ramsey feat. Kirk Franklin band.

    Ezequiel GiménezEzequiel Giménez3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • O currículo do baixista tá completinho nesse vídeo, tá amarrado, destruiu dms, cê é louco👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

    Hiago MirandaHiago Miranda3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Sensacional!!!!!!!!

    Sammy MarquesSammy Marques3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Amém amém amém🔥🔥🔥

    Patrick MoraisPatrick Morais3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • The basist is a big vibe

    Larry SingLarry Sing3 วันที่ผ่านมา
  • Just have to say thank you thank you thank you so much to the Tiny Desk technical team the audio is incredible.

    Mario DiazMario Diaz3 วันที่ผ่านมา
Kirk Franklin: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert