– Nine-time Grammy Award winner Kirk Franklin, a nationally known Gospel music singer, will compose the Official Song of the 2012 World Choir Games and perform it at the Opening Ceremony.
Franklin is an American gospel musician, choir director and singer known for leading urban contemporary gospel choirs including The Family, God’s Property and One Nation Crew. Franklin is also the host and executive producer of the gospel talent show “Sunday Best,” the highest-rated gospel program in BET network history. SOURCE
“I’m excited to be part of such a significant global event that is drawing choirs from around the world to Cincinnati, Ohio, and to the United States,” Franklin said. “I am also excited to engage with the choirs and choral music fans as part of the 2012 World Choir Games.”
Franklin will perform at the Opening Ceremony, scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at U.S. Bank Arena. The Opening Ceremony is sponsored by Procter & Gamble Co., the presenting sponsor of the Games and sponsor of the Official Song. Also performing at the Opening Ceremony will be the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and May Festival Chorus.
Franklin is the biggest-selling contemporary gospel artist in the history of SoundScan, with more than 14 million albums sold to date and more than 20 No. 1 singles on gospel radio. He has won nine GRAMMY® Awards, 39 Stellar Awards, 16 Dove Awards, eight NAACP Image Awards, two BET Music Awards, an American Music Award, a Soul Train Award and numerous others. For more information, go to www.kirkfranklin.com.
“To have someone as accomplished as Kirk Franklin involved in the World Choir Games speaks to the allure and stature of this magical event,” said Dan Lincoln, president & CEO of the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau and director of the Cincinnati Organizing Committee for the 2012 World Choir Games.
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