Father’s Day Tribute: Kirk Franklin

The gospel musician says, “My children have taught me that it’s not about me.”

Posted: 06/08/2014 01:15 AM EDT
Kirk Franklin

Kirk Franklin, host of BET’s hit singing competition Sunday Best, Grammy Award winner and multi-platinum selling contemporary Christian musician, says, “Being a dad is humility.”

Kirk recently shared his thoughts on fatherhood and family with BET Networks, saying, “I am happily married to a beautiful, intelligent, smart, sexy woman, Tammy Franklin. I am a proud husband and a humble father.”

Adopted at the age of four by a 64-year-old woman, Kirk grew up without knowing his mother and father. “Not having a father, I lost a lot. It made me very intense and very intentional at making sure that my children never ever feel or ever felt the sorrow and the struggle of not having their father,” Kirk says.

“My children have taught me that it’s not about me,” Kirk shares. As an example, Kirk recalls coming home after winning his second Grammy. He says, “I came home and the first thing they said to me was, ‘Dad, you gotta take the trash out because we have a soccer game and volleyball game and we need you to be there.’”

Whatever bubble Kirk may have had from winning another Grammy was quickly deflated. Like any good dad, Kirk took out the trash and made it to the games that evening. Kirk notes, “It’s those things that remind me I am on this earth to serve and the return is incredible.”

When asked to describe the perfect Father’s Day, Kirk replied, “A perfect Father’s Day is somewhere getting some good food with my kids, just having them love on me and just me having the chance to love on them and getting the chance to experience something I never experienced. And those days are very precious to me; those days are very important.”

(Photographer: Sabrina Thompson)

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