New York, NY – April 14, 2011 – “I Smile,” the ebullient first single from Kirk Franklin’s 12th CD, HELLO FEAR, is the #1 song at Gospel radio, and continues it’s climb at Urban AC where it is #9. Kirk Franklin will perform “I Smile” on The Dove Awards, airing Sunday, April 24th at 7 p.m. EST on Gospel Music Channel
Additionally, HELLO FEAR maintains its #1 position on the Gospel sales chart for the third consecutive week. The disc is also #3 on the R&B chart and #10 on the Top-200. This is the first time since the release of God’s Property that Franklin has had three consecutive weeks as a Top-10 CD on the Billboard Top-200 chart.
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.
Franklin is currently taping the fourth season of BET’s Sunday Best – for which he serves as co-executive producer and host – and is receiving rave reviews of his performances on the Gospel Comedy Tour with Steve Harvey, which currently has three dates left.
Steve Harvey and Kirk Franklin Gospel Comedy Tour
Saturday, April 30 Charleston, SC North Charleston Coliseum
Saturday, May 7 St. Louis, MO Chaifetz Arena
Saturday, May 21 Jacksonville, FL Veterans Memorial