Label: Fo Yo Soul/Gospo Centric
He's one of the top gospel artists around, so what does Kirk Franklin have to fear? Surely not the response his 12th studio album, Hello Fear, will receive. In fact, this disc should be titled Goodbye Fear, because it finds Franklin favoring grace over fear. Tracks like "Everyone Hurts" acknowledges the pain life can bring, but "I Smile," reminds us that our attitude -- and our willingness to trust God -- also play a part. Throughout, Franklin deftly mixes gospel, soul and a touch of hip-hop. Don't miss "The Altar" with special guests Marvin Sapp and Beverly Crawford.