organized a 17-voice choir he called the Family
in 1992, and the choir’s debut album, simply called Kirk Franklin & the Family
, appeared a year later in 1993, remaining on the gospel music charts for nearly two years and eventually becoming the first gospel album to sell over a million copies. Following a Christmas album in 1994, Franklin
and his choir returned with Whatcha Lookin’ 4
in 1995, which went platinum twice over and won Franklin
his first Grammy. This set combines both the 1993 and 1995 albums in a single two-disc package, serving as a healthy introduction to Franklin
’s gospel choir approach.