Gospel superstar Kirk Franklin released his new CD "Fight Of My Life" on yesterday and this morning I happened to be watching BET and came across his new video for the first single called "Declaration"(This Is It). I love Kirk's music and his last CD Hero got me through one of the most painful moments in my life. I was able to draw so much strength from his music and simultaneously grow deeper in my relationship with God, but I digress.
In the new single Kirk is challenging God's people to take back what's rightfully theirs and to stop stressing over life's woes. The message is wonderful and I'm sure it will resonate with a lot of people. But we know Kirk is no stranger to controversy and I'm sure he's going to rile up a lot of good God-fearing Christian folk who will have a problem with the half naked Franklin in his new video.
I must confess that I've always thought Kirk was hot as hell! I almost feel bad for even admitting that...he's a gospel singer! (lol) I definitely get the symbolism in this video and I understand why Kirk is shirtless, but I'm sure the heavy criticism is just around the corner.
I think it's safe to assume he's the first gospel artist that we've ever seen without a shirt on. Now let's see if he'll recreate this video for a live performance. Can you imagine this happening at the Stellar Awards? Get into the video below and the lyrics here .