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Franklin's 'Fight of My Life' Reflects Many Interests

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Franklin's 'Fight of My Life' Reflects Many Interests

Franklin's 'Fight of My Life' Reflects Many Interests

Franklin's 'Fight of My Life' Reflects Many Interests

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Grammy-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin has a new CD titled The Fight of My Life. Franklin has been credited with changing the sound of contemporary gospel music, but he says he's really not interested in being pigeon-holed.

Franklin, who now owns his own record label, demonstrates his many interests by including everything on this CD, from ballads to hip-hop and rock. The "Jesus Cat," as he calls himself, says religious music can be just as hardcore as hip-hop.

Though he had a strict religious upbringing, Franklin says, he listened to a lot of secular pop growing up. The album includes a cover of the Kenny Loggins' hit "This Is It" and Franklin's first recorded rock song.

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