Kirk Franklin Talks About His New "Gospel Brunch" at House of Blues
Kirk Franklin is easily one of God's greatest hype men. On stage, his ball of ad-libs, inspiration and intensity breaks through the angelic roar of every choir he's ever put together. Not an easy task, considering he's surrounded himself with some of the world's greatest vocal talent since since he started "The Family" choir in the early '90s. It's a pattern that's earned him 12 albums and five Grammys. But mostly it's his boisterous energy and raspy howl that gives the 43 year-old Ft.Worth, Texas native the star power to lead the modern gospel scene.
Kirk Franklin at the House of Blues Dallas
He's bringing an extra dose of that contemporary flair to the House of Blues venues across the country this Sunday for Kirk Franklin's Gospel Brunch, a curated revamp of the venue chain's monthly Gospel Brunch, which celebrates its 20th anniversary on Mother's Day weekend. We got a chance to talk to Franklin about his new show, the future of the gospel music and his thoughts about the woman who raised him.
OC Weekly (Nate Jackson): First off, considering that you're going to be at the House of Blues in LA on Mother's Day celebrating this new brunch, how do you plan to do something special for wife back in Texas?
Kirk Franklin: My wife, she's such a great supporter for me and you know what also makes it difficult for me is the fact that my mother passed away several years ago and I'm not able to have her be a part of all of this. And I think that's the most difficult day of Mother's Day for me. But what I get to do is come back late Sunday night to Texas so I'll be on a plane Sunday evening and I'll get to run in the house and hug her and squeeze her real tight and tell her how much I appreciate her.
Do you have any specific Mother's Day memories of your aunt--the woman who adopted and raised you--when she was alive?
My mother was older so the holidays weren't something we participated in a lot of when I was kid. I was just thankful that she recycled old beer cans and newspapers to pay for my piano lessons and gave me a chance to have a gift.
What makes this new Gospel Brunch on Sunday something that hasn't been done before?
I've created and curated all of the House of Blues venues across the country for this Mother's Day launch. We've worked really hard to make sure that the local talent is going to be up to par and try to make sure that the whole brunch is something people will enjoy when it comes to the talent and the visuals when you walk in. We've created video content that's gonna play through as you walk in and there's some interactive stuff. We just worked hard to make it exciting.