Kirk Franklin: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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NPR Music's Tiny Desk series will celebrate Black History Month by featuring four weeks of Tiny Desk (home) concerts and playlists by Black artists spanning different genres and generations each week. The lineup includes both emerging and established artists who will be performing a Tiny Desk concert for the first time. This celebration highlights the beautiful cornucopia of Black music and our special way of presenting it. We hope you enjoy.
Bobby Carter | February 25, 2021
Kirk Franklin, set up with his band and choir in a corner of Uncle Jessie's Kitchen, makes a declaration. "I know you're at home right now, in your draws, listening to some Jesus music. It's ok. Jesus loves you in your draws!" The Arlington, Texas studio, named after a long time close friend, features a large photo of the iconic "I AM A MAN" protest signs from the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike on the wall. The jubilant energy that Franklin and company emit, juxtaposed with a visual reminder of the strife that Black people have endured is illustrative of the importance of gospel music in the Black community.
For nearly 30 years, Franklin has been widely regarded for revolutionizing gospel. He incorporated secular music, particularly hip-hop, while preserving the message and integrity of traditional gospel. Here, he and his powerhouse choir pace through a decades-long, sixteen Grammy award winning discography of faith, praise and encouragement while cracking plenty of jokes. I cannot recall a more moving Tiny Desk home performance.
All month long, we've presented artists that speak to the diversity and complexity of Black music--where we've been, where we are and where we're going. For the final show, we take it back to the spiritual roots and there's no one more fitting to cap things off than Mr. Kirk Franklin.
Love Theory
Silver and Gold
Melodies From Heaven
I Smile
Kirk Franklin: vocals, keys
Melodie Pace: vocals
Darian Elliot: vocals
Michael Bethany: vocals
Eboni Ellerson: vocals
Deon Yancey: vocals
Tia Rudd: vocals
Shaun Martin: keyboard
Matthew Ramsey: bass
Terry Baker: drums, percussion
Video: Clear Scope Media
Audio: Michael Havens Reese Brooks
Producers: Bobby Carter
Video Producer: Morgan Noelle Smith
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Art Director: CJ Riculan
Tiny Production Team: Bob Boilen, Kara Frame, Maia Stern
Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann
#nprmusic #kirkfranklin #gospel #tinydesk


  1. NPR Music
    NPR Music
    27 dagen geleden

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    1. Jeff Remington
      Jeff Remington
      6 dagen geleden

      I love Kirk Franklin and his music. NPR news? Supports a platform that slaughters babies. Don't be deceived. I can only figure Kirk chose to bring the Lord's love, despite management's illness.

    2. Z Bob
      Z Bob
      13 dagen geleden

      God is real

    3. zenobia328
      13 dagen geleden

      This is incredible!!!❤❤❤👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

    4. MJ Bashien
      MJ Bashien
      15 dagen geleden

      NPR Tiny Desk is great!

    5. colleen8406
      19 dagen geleden

      Can y’all delete the commercials from this one please.

    15 minuten geleden

    Immediately thought of Teddy Ray when Melodies from Heaven came on lol

  3. Jawad Riads
    Jawad Riads
    39 minuten geleden

    I would never forget this song 😍😍i spend 3 of the worst days of my life with this beautiful song smile ,I would love to see it on tiktok for desperate people

  4. André Guilherme
    André Guilherme
    2 uur geleden


  5. R V
    R V
    3 uur geleden

    Best thing npr has ever done. “Our people, all people, all God’s people”

  6. shilei chang
    shilei chang
    4 uur geleden

    I am just so happy i got tears going on here because of the joyful power of music !!!!

  7. iCarillon inChrist
    iCarillon inChrist
    4 uur geleden

    *_Much love and blessings to Kirk 'n Melodie, Darian, Michael, Eboni, Deon, Tia, Shaun, Matthew, Terry ... and Andraé up in Heaven ... you guys keep me lookin up !!_** ʕ•́ᴥ•̀ʔっ⁖💕*

  8. D. Lisa del Rosario
    D. Lisa del Rosario
    9 uur geleden

    Kirk looks great! Age looks good on ya! I like his hair and that dimple. I love his energy! I wish this had been a longer session.

  9. José Diaz
    José Diaz
    10 uur geleden

    this is pure love through music, nothing else. just smiles and a good song

  10. Vanessa
    12 uur geleden

    I Smile 9:38

  11. Vi Lô
    Vi Lô
    12 uur geleden


  12. V S
    V S
    12 uur geleden

    A platform to perform...Love not world 🌎 neither the things in the world 🌎 too much Disco 🕺 and not Gospel...Prince and Michael Jackson did not serve the Lord Jesus Christ and when you’re like the world 🌍 your life speaks for it. What words come out your mouth comes from your heart. It’s not what goes in your mouth that defiles a man it’s what comes out the mouth that defiles a man because it comes from the heart ❤️ get it together before you 🔥’s sick 😷 sad 😢 and pathetic! You will pay for what you say...and go through for what you do...OBEY ACTS 2:38 to get it STRAIGHT!!!

  13. yovanna dominica torres
    yovanna dominica torres
    14 uur geleden

    fuegooooo , tengo que ver este tipo en vivo , Jesusssssss, omg he has to be the bomb in a concert!

  14. Hernán Lehi Medina
    Hernán Lehi Medina
    17 uur geleden

    is that Shaun Martin on keys?

  15. Brice MARTINON
    Brice MARTINON
    17 uur geleden

    De France...merci ! Magnifique !

  16. Terrance _
    Terrance _
    17 uur geleden

    That bass hit like you're really in the church!

  17. Sy Nongvan
    Sy Nongvan
    18 uur geleden


  18. Ahmad phuong
    Ahmad phuong
    19 uur geleden

    i love your music bless me so much

  19. Isael FerreiraOficial
    Isael FerreiraOficial
    21 uur geleden

    Glória a Deus From Brasil

  20. Diogo Pace
    Diogo Pace
    22 uur geleden

    That bass is in 9th dimension holy tuning

  21. Nick Dache
    Nick Dache
    22 uur geleden

    The opening riff made me think of all I need by Jacob collier

  22. Levi Mattos
    Levi Mattos
    23 uur geleden

    This bass player is an animal !!!!!!!

  23. gelogelo gerty
    gelogelo gerty
    23 uur geleden

    Whouah ❤❤❤

  24. Peter- gay
    Peter- gay
    Dag geleden

    Bruh there's is my songs 🎵🖤🖤🖤😭

  25. Ebonny Mack
    Ebonny Mack
    Dag geleden

    This is everything!! Thanks for this mini concert! My hubs and I were jamming to this on our short road trip!! Kirk is pure brilliance!!! 🙌🏾🙌🏾👏🏾👏🏾

  26. Vinicius Marques
    Vinicius Marques
    Dag geleden

    Que som maravilhoso!!! O Mano do bass roubou a cena...

  27. Jeralfreds Ch
    Jeralfreds Ch
    Dag geleden

    Uuuf 🔥... nadie puede ignorar ese bajista ! Increíble sonido !

  28. Lifewithlove
    Dag geleden


  29. Jana Fabijanic
    Jana Fabijanic
    Dag geleden

    People watching this at home with their frienda and singing! Thank you!

  30. Steven Welp
    Steven Welp
    Dag geleden

    Rock It! Rock On! Rocket Past Mars To YHWH's Throne Room!

  31. Xeyyakkenn
    Dag geleden

    On the radio version I always hear: "He saves the day. He will come through. EVEN THOUGH that's not what superheroes do." Which always confused me lol so glad to hear this version to see that it's "He won't fail - that's not what superheroes do" 🤣

  32. MJY Famyfuerza Simple Drawings
    MJY Famyfuerza Simple Drawings
    Dag geleden

    Makes me wish I could have been there to enjoy it all even more .. Beautiful!

  33. Stacey W
    Stacey W
    Dag geleden

    Absolutely loved this set! ❤️👏🏽🌷🥰🙌🏽

  34. 20secsofcourage
    Dag geleden

    Thank you NPR for this. :)

  35. Gabriel Almeida
    Gabriel Almeida
    Dag geleden

    The Bass Man is AMAZING!!!!!!

  36. Nitram
    Dag geleden

    This is one bad-a-- super soulul set!!! I bow to all of the vocalist, musicians and Mr Franklin for writing such incredible and some of the most beautiful gospel music, I've ever heard. I truly feel, appreciate and worship the very lord that created such beautiful musicians for the world to enjoy. GOD IS GOOD... Peace

  37. namelessface
    Dag geleden

    Alright, NPR, I see you. Tasha and Kirk? Ok, now.

  38. EdLeea Paige
    EdLeea Paige
    Dag geleden

    This was great!! The energy in the room is contagious!!!!

  39. EAST BAY Ant
    EAST BAY Ant
    Dag geleden

    I'm at work right now sir

  40. nicoleisoyas
    Dag geleden


  41. drligme
    Dag geleden are killing it!!!!

  42. Dee Dee Battle
    Dee Dee Battle
    Dag geleden


  43. Bob Green
    Bob Green
    Dag geleden

    "I don't want to love nobody but you" I know they ignore the double negative so I gotta say, their god says to love everybody so that first song got a lil obsessive hubris.

    1. Bob Green
      Bob Green
      22 uur geleden

      @Gitura Kembi Matthew 5:44 Luke 6:27-36 Do you believe in the man or the book?

    2. Gitura Kembi
      Gitura Kembi
      23 uur geleden

      put the blunt down

  44. Kelli Covington
    Kelli Covington
    Dag geleden


  45. Tarisha McNeil
    Tarisha McNeil
    Dag geleden

    Literally in my draws listening to this 😂🤣😅

    1. Israel Hogan
      Israel Hogan
      12 uur geleden


  46. Henry Hill
    Henry Hill
    2 dagen geleden

    I was TODAY years old when I learned of Mr. Matt Ramsey 🔥🔥🔥 There’s nothing like a DOPE bass player 🤦🏾‍♂️🤦🏾‍♂️🤦🏾‍♂️

  47. Henrique Hard
    Henrique Hard
    2 dagen geleden

    11:28 nasty

  48. Shows ofcarly
    Shows ofcarly
    2 dagen geleden

    That was amazing Kirk is a genius everything about it the singers and the musicians were on point ✨👏

  49. Dau Kha
    Dau Kha
    2 dagen geleden


  50. yann mercier
    yann mercier
    2 dagen geleden

    You are Angels of Soul , spirit of energies ++++++ thanks you so much to share your hearts

  51. Psychedology
    2 dagen geleden

    I'm literally grooving right now! Now this what you call jamming!👏

  52. Jordan Ramos4
    Jordan Ramos4
    2 dagen geleden

    Christians have the best music of all other religions. It's like there's a blessing on it

  53. Marius marius
    Marius marius
    2 dagen geleden

    8:18 triggers a song in my head and I can't for the world figure that song 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭. Anyone's input please!! That cat sure brought the concert to church!! That tone is sick!!!

  54. Daniel Catalán
    Daniel Catalán
    2 dagen geleden

    Genioooooooosssss 🔥🔥🔥 brutal !

  55. Roslyn Douglas
    Roslyn Douglas
    2 dagen geleden


  56. CMAX
    2 dagen geleden

    I melted where I sat listen to this masterpiece. Thank you Mr Franklin. This is music at it's finest. Oh and one more thing, the bassist 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 he's just chilling in the back saving lives.

  57. Ben Winstanley
    Ben Winstanley
    2 dagen geleden

    This is so powerful, thank you so much Kirk and crew, one of the best moments I've had in months

  58. Soi-k
    2 dagen geleden


  59. jorge molina
    jorge molina
    2 dagen geleden

    even of you fight it, even if is just a video, Kirk can make you smile. aaaaaaw feels good!

  60. Lucas Leite Galiazzi
    Lucas Leite Galiazzi
    2 dagen geleden

    E essa aglomeração ai kirk?

  61. Andria Mihary
    Andria Mihary
    2 dagen geleden

    May God bless you all 🙏🏾🥰 Thank you NPR and Kirk Franklin & his team, I needed this ❤️

  62. Kiky Alehandro
    Kiky Alehandro
    2 dagen geleden

    12:53 - 13:21 my favorite part

  63. Erika Porter
    Erika Porter
    2 dagen geleden


  64. James Bunch
    James Bunch
    3 dagen geleden

    He did an Oprah bit...OMG. The man is hilarious.

  65. no name
    no name
    3 dagen geleden

    I definitely need this version of melodies from heaven 😍

  66. Melanie
    3 dagen geleden


  67. ngốc buồn tv
    ngốc buồn tv
    3 dagen geleden


  68. Levar Higgs
    Levar Higgs
    3 dagen geleden

    Bass is KILLING man. Jumped out of my chair

  69. TADYO PY
    3 dagen geleden

    bless u!!!!!!!!!

  70. Saulo Sax
    Saulo Sax
    3 dagen geleden


  71. cooldebt
    3 dagen geleden

    The sheer joy in this performance is absolutely divine!

  72. LaVerne Reid
    LaVerne Reid
    3 dagen geleden

    I'll take that living room concert offer.

  73. Regina Powell
    Regina Powell
    3 dagen geleden

    The bassist is ANOINTED OKAY?

  74. massimo Fusaro
    massimo Fusaro
    3 dagen geleden


  75. Joe Eldred
    Joe Eldred
    3 dagen geleden

    Saw you in Buffalo after the Nu Nation Project. We were in the almost front seats. You told everyone to dance a particular dance and then you looked at me and my wife (saw we were white) and said you guys can do the swim. We laughed!

  76. Albums and EPs
    Albums and EPs
    3 dagen geleden

    That bassist is giving me life

  77. Jiggy WiddaSauce
    Jiggy WiddaSauce
    3 dagen geleden

    That bass is going to heaven, no doubt about that

  78. Daniel Serrano
    Daniel Serrano
    3 dagen geleden

    It's unfair to call a heavenly being to play the Bass in your Tiny Desk presentation.

  79. Brent Stutzman
    Brent Stutzman
    3 dagen geleden

    12:15 Sweet bass chords!

  80. Victor Paulino
    Victor Paulino
    4 dagen geleden

    shoutout to matthew ramsey, the bass is ✨✨✨✨✨✨

  81. Patrik Hejnár
    Patrik Hejnár
    4 dagen geleden

    Just WOW! Spreading good emotions is important :) So talented people

  82. Cav Govender
    Cav Govender
    4 dagen geleden

    This bassist is blessed with talent and BUCKETS of anointing!!

  83. Janey Bakarbessy
    Janey Bakarbessy
    4 dagen geleden

    This song 'I don't wanna love nobody like you' so beautiful lyrics! It made me smile and my heart warm. I am a fan! Wow what a singers and arrangements the whole band Wow Wow Wow

  84. Tye K.
    Tye K.
    4 dagen geleden

    As a fellow bass player, I just don't understand something. Especially during "love Nobody but you". My chops are 6-7 on a scale from 1-10. When I hit something tasty the stank face is automatic. I dont understand how Matt is just playing like its truly no groove all. Barely bopping. Not one stank face!!!! This is what you call letting the play speak for itself in all its Glory!! A true master of his craft. I had a stank face the whole time, and he is just playing all this goodness like he is chilling on the porch on a spring day with homemade ice tea!! My goodness!!!

  85. Jorema Fernando
    Jorema Fernando
    4 dagen geleden

    Wonderful, phenomenal, big hug frOm Mozambique 🇲🇿🇲🇿🇲🇿🇲🇿

  86. Robert Oosterhuis
    Robert Oosterhuis
    4 dagen geleden

    I recently discovered Kirk Franklin. I know, what you think " under what stone did he live". But this concert is so great. Seeing this video gives my day an big boost.

  87. Imani Bags
    Imani Bags
    4 dagen geleden


  88. Megan Rank
    Megan Rank
    4 dagen geleden

    not enough time!

  89. BenWiley4000
    4 dagen geleden

    I spent several minutes trying to figure out if my speaker was blown or my EQ was broken before I realized the bass was just turned up 3x louder than anything else in the room

  90. Jag Masters
    Jag Masters
    4 dagen geleden

    loved the show (5 times and counting) Amazing!

  91. Luis C
    Luis C
    4 dagen geleden

    Smiling and crying. I needed this today. Thanks

  92. Andres Salinas
    Andres Salinas
    4 dagen geleden

    Make it bounce

  93. Justin Taylor
    Justin Taylor
    4 dagen geleden

    Sooooo ummmmmmmm when can we get the Jumbo Desk concert👀👀👀🤔🥺🤔🤔🤔

  94. Douglas Emanuel Oficial
    Douglas Emanuel Oficial
    4 dagen geleden

    Esse som é muito toppppp. Quem concorda dá um like 🤙🏾🤙🏾❤️❤️

  95. 4STRING
    4 dagen geleden

    You look so much better when you Oh oh oh!

  96. HeftyFine
    4 dagen geleden

    Officially the 10th time ive watched this performance. I love it.

  97. Carolina de paula
    Carolina de paula
    4 dagen geleden

    Que lindezaaaaaaa❤

  98. Reuben Mills
    Reuben Mills
    4 dagen geleden

    I’m blessed to be here

  99. KEESHA Madison
    KEESHA Madison
    4 dagen geleden

    How people dislike this???

  100. ThePalmatron
    5 dagen geleden