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When Sunday ComesGospel Music in the Soul and Hip-Hop Eras$
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Claudrena N. Harold

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043574

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043574.001.0001

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Do You Want a Revolution? Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, and the Beginning of a New Era in Gospel Music

(p.203) Epilogue
When Sunday Comes

Claudrena N. Harold

University of Illinois Press

Gospel superstars Kirk Franklin and Yolanda Adams anchor the book’s epilogue, which discusses the continued growth of gospel music during the late 1990s and early 2000s. The first half of the epilogue details the meteoric rise of Franklin. With domestic record sales exceeding ten million, Franklin stands as the most successful gospel artist of any generation. With hit songs like “Why We Sing” and “Stomp,” the energetic performer was popular in both gospel and pop. The epilogue considers how Franklin built upon the commercial triumphs of previous gospel artists as well as paved a path for his contemporaries with his blend of gospel and hip-hop soul. The epilogue also examines the career of Yolanda Adams, a gifted vocalist who also achieved crossover success.

Keywords:   Kirk Franklin, Yolanda Adams, gospel industry, hip-hop

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