Since 1993, when Franklin's debut album soared to the top of the gospel charts and became a crossover hit thanks to the smash single "Why We Sing," the Houston-born vocalist has revolutionized the gospel style. Franklin's vocals are closer to rap-style sermons than singing, and his seventeen-member "Family" functions like a mix of a soulful R&B vocal group, a testifying choir and a deep-in-the-pocket urban groove band. Like Franklin, singer Yolanda Adams jazzes up a traditional gospel approach with crossover appeal. Her amazing vocal range and soul-diva style have made her one of the top female stars in gospel. Opening act Donnie McClurkin is a rising star with the smooth, sophisticated ballad style of a young Andraé Crouch -- and a deep baritone to match. For gospel fans -- or anyone interested in music that touches the soul -- this is a can't-miss concert.
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