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It's Time For Gospel Music To Reinvent Itself Again

NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 19: Kirk Franklin attends the 28th Annual Stellar Awards at Grand Ole Opry House on January 19, 2013
NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 19: Kirk Franklin attends the 28th Annual Stellar Awards at Grand Ole Opry House on January 19, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images for The Stellar Awards)

The year was 1997, and the bass line of gospel artist Kirk Franklin’s new single was a bit too familiar. “For those of you who think that gospel music has gone too far,” the diminutive musician intoned over an interpolation of funk legend George Clinton’s “One Nation Under a Groove,” “You think that gospel music has gone too far . . . well, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!”

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