Kirk Franklin’s hit single “I Smile” remains #1 at Gospel radio for 10 consecutive weeks and continues to be #1 at Urban AC radio for the third week in a row. This is a major fete for a Gospel song and demonstrates the widespread appeal that Kirk Franklin continues to have.
Gladys Knight, who recently performed the song with Kirk Franklin on the American Idol Finale, says “I think Kirk Franklin is awesome. He is one of the few people who don’t speak to just one culture; he speaks to the world through his music. That’s the way God would have it. This is a time when we need to find strength for ourselves and others. In this time of much trial and tribulation, something as simple as a smile can change a spirit.”
“I Smile” is the first single from Franklin’s 12th CD, HELLO FEAR, which – for the 12th consecutive week – is the #1 Gospel CD in the country. HELLO FEAR is the 4th highest Gospel debut in SoundScan history, and solidifies Franklin’s position as the music industry’s top-selling Gospel artist. This is the 10th Kirk Franklin CD to reach the #1 position.