*It’s official.  Kirk Franklin’s 12th album, “Hello Fear,” debuted on Billboard’s gospel chart at no. 1 and no. 5 on the Billboard’s Top 200, clocking in as the fourth highest Gospel debut in SoundScan history.

James “Jazzy” Jordan of EVP Verity Gospel Music Group congratulated Franklin saying:

“Kirk Franklin is in a class by himself not just in Gospel music, but in music – period.  He is a genius in the studio, an incredible songwriter and has a heart and ear firmly poised towards God.  His music is always timeless, and ‘Hello Fear’ is no exception.  His music makes you smile not just today, but everyday.”

Franklin, excited and quite humbled by the experience, is glad that God has given him the chance to produce good music.

“I am just humbled.  It is a blessing to know that, after all of these years making music, God continues to give me songs that people want to hear,” he said. “I knew going into this project that God was not as concerned about what I do in the process of this album, but what I become in the process of this album.  I am hopeful that ‘Hello Fear’ reaches the hearts of everyone who purchased the CD and helps them along their process of becoming who God would have them become.”

The music writer hasn’t stopped moving, despite the album. He’s now working on the new season of BET’s “Sunday Best” and don’t forget about his book, “The Blueprint: A Plan for Living Above Life’s Storms,” is also available.