RCA Inspiration celebrated multiple wins at the 2023 GRAMMY® Awards, as the acclaimed album release Kingdom Book One Deluxe (Tribl Records/Fo Yo Soul/RCA Inspiration) swept its 3 nominated categories, winning Best Gospel Album, Best Gospel Performance/Song, and Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song during the GRAMMYs Premiere Ceremony.
The live album collaboration between GRAMMY-winning chart toppers Maverick City Music & Kirk Franklin (Fo Yo Soul/RCA) dominated the Gospel categories with Kingdom Book One Deluxe awarded Best Gospel Album, and the songs “Kingdom” awarded Best Gospel Performance/Song and “Fear Is Not My Future” awarded Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song.
Kirk Franklin has done it again, since last taking home GRAMMY wins in the Best Gospel Performance/Song and Best Gospel Album categories in 2020 for his most recent solo album LONG LIVE LOVE, and its hit song “Love Theory.” With these three additional wins for this latest album Kingdom Book One Deluxe, this now marks a total of 19 GRAMMY Awards in Kirk Franklin’s career.
Recorded with Maverick City Music, Franklin and the group continue to bring the power of Gospel to reach everyone with their 22-track album. Released in 2022, their collaboration created an electrifying live worship experience, recorded in a Florida prison yard together with the voices of 1,300 inmates, to share a message of love and awareness to the plight of mass incarceration.
The GRAMMY-winning Gospel song “Kingdom” was written by Kirk Franklin, Jonathan Jay, Chandler Moore, and Jacob Poole. The Contemporary Christian Music-winning song “Fear Is Not My Future” was written by Kirk Franklin, Nicole Hannel, Jonathan Jay, Brandon Lake, and Hannah Shackelford.
Next up, the Kingdom Book One album is nominated at the 54th NAACP Image AwardsⓇ for Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album, with voting open at https://vote.naacpimageawards.net/, until February 10th. Separately, Kirk Franklin is one of the executive producers of the popular television series “Kingdom Business,” which was just renewed for Season 2 on BET+.
The 65th GRAMMY® Awards aired from Los Angeles, on Sunday, February 5th, 2023.
Check out the GRAMMY acceptance speeches for their 3 winning categories here:
65th GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony (2:05:29-2:11:15)
Check out the album, Maverick City Music x Kirk Franklin: Kingdom Book One Deluxe (Tribl Records/Fo Yo Soul/RCA Inspiration)