Published on December 5th, 2017 | by Inspirations with Liz Black
Kirk Franklin Still Asks “Do You Want a Revolution?” and Answers With Exodus Music and Arts Festival
Gospel singer and cultural shaper Kirk Franklin is again aiming to shake up the Gospel music world and expand its paradigm. Franklin has teamed up with Live Nation Urban to announce a music festival dedicated to gospel music. His goal; to counterbalance a decline in gospel as a genre and to draw younger generations in. Kirk Franklin made the announcement alongside Erykah Badu during the BET Soul Train Awards on Sunday, November 26<sup>th</sup>.
“The (gospel) genre has never owned a spot in the pantheon of music festivals that have global behemoths like Coachella or Essence until now,” Franklin said. “In 2018, I will unveil my new partnership with Live Nation to present the first ever festival celebrating the best and brightest from the community that represents the message of hope and love like none other: Kirk Franklin’s Exodus Music and Arts Festival.”
In an Instagram post, Franklin shared his thoughts on why millennials are leaving the church:
Franklin has always aimed to expand what Gospel music and Christianity means to the masses. In 2015 he penned such blog titles as “WWJD? He Might Give Christians a Much-Needed Makeover” and “How Swagger Can Help the Gospel”. Pair this with Franklin’s remark in his 2015 blog “Our music doesn’t affect people the way it used to. It doesn’t create movements like it did during Andrae’s (Crouch) time.” And you have a recipe for a grand revival in the millennium. The reality of gospel music being a part of Black musical expression and being historically important, the Exodus Music and Arts Festival aims to revamp and reprise its impact.
The festival will feature performances on two stages from Grammy-winning artists Marvin Sapp, Tamela Mann, Tye Tribbett and Franklin as headlining act and host. Gospel Choirs from the Greater Dallas metropolitan area will also be performing at the weekend-long event. The festival will kick off Memorial Day weekend on May 26<sup>th</sup> 2018 over the Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory in Dallas Texas. More performers will be announced.