Kirk Franklin is more than just a gospel music industry executive and veteran, he's also a fan of the genre who fears it could suffer the same fate as disco or rock 'n' roll.


Franklin, the Losing My Religion gospel artist who also heads his own Fo Yo Soul record label, appeared on fellow gospel recording artist Erica Campbell's syndicated radio show "Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell" earlier this week along with Bishop Hezekiah Walker where the trio discussed the decline of gospel music.


While Campbell insisted that the industry could still thrive if musicians got creative, and Walker spoke out against the lack of integrity among some artists, Franklin revealed his fear that the industry could become obsolete.


"It's not only a decline of the music but a decline of Jesus in the culture. Kids are not going to church and they're not listening to the music anymore," Franklin said. "So if music dies ... See, my fear is, I don't want gospel music to die like disco and rock 'n' roll. Nowhere in the Bible is God commanding us to do records."


Even though Franklin won several awards this year, including a Grammy, for his 12th studio album Losing My Religion released late last year, he explained why he was hurting for others in the industry.


"I think one of the low points for me is to see a genre that I love so much struggle so hard. And I know that you've got to be careful because you don't want people to feel like you're whining and complaining," he said. "But it is very real that when something gets hit hard that the thing at the bottom sometimes suffers the worst. Gospel music has really taken a hit as far as the industry."


Still, Franklin wanted to make it clear that he is not strictly focused on sales.


"And again Saints, it's not about the sales. It's almost like with the job that you work at when you hear that your job is about to close down. ... It's like, man, what am I going to do?" he explained. "And then it hurts you more when you find out it closes down but then they took some people and put them in a nicer building."

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Posted by Azania Phillips Tuesday, January 3, 2017 10:02:00 AM


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