Kirk Franklin: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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

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68 Responses

  1. Siyabonga Skosana says:

    How do I find the ones who disliked this? I just want to talk

  2. Bram Naus says:

    As a white kid growing up in a multi-cultural church i cannot express my gratitude for all the black musicians and gospel artists who have influenced me and have me helped in my personal growth as a person and musician. Thank you!

    • s o says:

      @PCanas you’re not a real gospel listener …if you were, you’d know that there is a CLEAR difference between black gospel and other gospel. It’s not a slight to anyone else, he’s just saying that black gospel inspired and influenced him.

    • ALEXIS RAE says:


    • Frenetta Mason says:

      God Bless you and Keep you my Friend in Jesus name Amen🙏🏾❤💯‼

    • Mariah C. Crawley says:


    • Mariah C. Crawley says:

      Thanks For Acknowledging…Especially During Black History Month! That Blessed This This Thread! MICROAGGRESSIONS Be REBUKED IN THE NAME OF JESUS! ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡

  3. KevOnStage says:



  4. Montell Fish says:

    this is it right here.

  5. Marisa Williams says:

    My only complaint is why wasn’t this longer?!?!?! LOVED IT

  6. Worship Child says:

    I’d rather have Jesus than anything this world can offer.

  7. Empressive says:

    This is definitely in the top 5 best Tiny Desk performances.

  8. RavenLynae says:

    This ended way too quickly.

  9. It’s Just Lydia says:

    Y’ALL BETTER BRING ON THAT GOSPEL MUSIC. Also, y’all did us dirty with that radio edit of Melodies from Heaven. I was ready for 6 minutes.

  10. Ash A says:

    I’d like to speak to the manager. Why wasn’t this an hour?!

  11. Shad Jay says:

    I had accidentally shouted a lil bit when “ silver and gold” started. But those tenors though!

  12. Viintage T says:

    NPR we need to talk about these ads…. I can’t get my praise on with the interruptions 😫

  13. Dolapo Makindipe says:

    Words can’t express how this was uplifting to the core.

  14. Tyler Brown says:

    Style: Impeccable
    Energy: Immaculate
    Talent: Blessed

  15. Jonathan Crescini says:

    I’d love to say to my choir: “do that cute thing” and get this kind of result

  16. darko says:

    These vocals are ridiculousssss…those harmonies are supernatural

  17. Scarypoolparty says:

    this is absolutely AMAZING

  18. Dystany Sam says:

    So here my next Tiny listen for Gosple
    1: Donald Lawrence
    2 : TY Tribbett
    3 Donnie McClurkin
    4: Fred Hammond
    5: Sinachi

  19. Alexandria says:

    the moment they said “RAIN” INSTANT GOOSEBUMPS!!!

  20. DT Fresh says:

    This Concert speaks to the consistency of Kirk Franklin’s music. He just jumped between 30 years of music in 15 minutes and there wasn’t a drop in quality or a drastic change in feel.

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