Published on January 28th, 2019 | by Inspirations with Liz Black
Kirk Franklin Debuts New Song “Love Theory” and Premieres Its Video
Kirk Franklin’s new song “Love Theory” is a total bop, an infectious groove. Franklin debuted the song and its video on Friday January 25th to kick off his birthday weekend. “Love Theory” is available on major digital platforms. Watching Kirk dance in the pulpit and aisles in the video will make you want to get up yourself. At the least, his moves will make you wonder if he is going to Millie Rock the stage again, but he and the congregation do get in on a liturgical “Kiki dance”. Michael Jackson and his moonwalk would be proud.
Franklin does something interesting in framing theory as an ecstatic journey in discovering love. It is an uncovering that is paralleled in the singing back and forth of the chorus and verses. If the refrain is declaration, the chorus if the punctuation. The ideas and belief centered on the song’s theory of love is explored through the lyrics:
“How can it be that
you love the most unlovable part of me, of me?
How could you see your life was the only gift I’ll ever need to be free?”
And the response, the abstract, is reflected in the chorus:
“He saved the day
He will come through
He won’t doubt, that’s not what super heroes do”
James Shaw Jr, the 29-year-old man who last year, was responsible for stopping a gunman from harming people at a Waffle House in Tennessee, makes a cameo. A real life hero in the flesh who makes his appearance after the choir sings is a nod to the theory transformed into a reality.
Listen to “Love Theory” below:
Since the release of his last album, the GRAMMY® Award-winning Losing My Religion, in 2015, Franklin has been busy touring, cultivating talent through his record label, Fo Yo Soul Recordings, and collaborating with a diverse array of other artists including, Chance the Rapper, Kanye West, Ledisi, Mandisa, Marvin Sapp, Tamela Mann and Tori Kelly. In 2018, he produced Kelly’s entire Hiding Place album, for which he recently received his 23rd GRAMMY® nomination. Franklin also launched the Exodus Music & Arts Festival in partnership with Live Nation Urban last year. And he will host and headline the 2nd annual Exodus Fest on May 26, 2019 in Irving, TX.
In addition to releasing “Love Theory” and finishing up his forthcoming, thirteenth studio album, Franklin will perform on the20th Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, airing on BET on February 2, 2019, and host the 34th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards on March 29, 2019.