Kirk Franklin, pictured at the 2017 Soul Train Awards, is one of the biggest gospel music stars today.


a cappella —music without instrumental accompaniment. celebratory —feeling or expressing happiness and pride. congregation —a group of people assembled for religious worship. lyrical —expressing the writer’s or musician’s emotions in an imaginative and beautiful way. multifaceted —having many facets or sides. repertoire —a stock of pieces that a performer knows or is prepared to perform. secular —denoting attitudes, activities, or other things that have no religious or spiritual basis. streamlined —make something more efficient and effective by employing simpler designs.


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