5 Questions for Kirk Franklin on New Album, 'Hello Fear'

On his new album, gospel superstar Kirk Franklin greets one of humankind's most arresting emotions: Fear. In true Franklin form, the album titled "Hello Fear" debuted on Billboard's gospel chart at no.1 and no.5 on Billboard's Top 200, breaking records for the fourth highest Gospel debut in SoundScan history. It's a far cry from the colorfully clad, high top fade sporting local choir director who started out 20 years ago. Today, he can also put author (he wrote "The Blueprint"), and TV host ("Sunday Best") under his belt. Clearly, he isn't someone who lets fear get in his way. He spoke with ESSENCE.com about how he handles fear, what's important in his life and his latest venture with funny man Steve Harvey...


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