Grammy-winning gospel artist, Kirk Franklin will ordain the Miramar Amphitheater this October. Franklin and his team of performers plan to take the stage at the newly opened facility in the Miramar Regional Park for the Gospel in the Son Outreach Music Festival on Oct. 7.
The amphitheater that has a capacity of 5,000 officially opened on July 4. Its size makes it the perfect setting for the 12-time Grammy winner who has six platinum albums with numerous hits. His award-winning tracks include”Lean on me” featuring Mary J. Bilge, Bono and Crystal Lewis, “Hello Fear,” “Imagine Me” and “Stomp” featuring Salt from the ’90s rap duo Salt-N-Pepa.
Franklin’s contemporary style sets him aside from many other gospel artists. His music has been infused with hip-hop, rhythm and blues and reggae.
He is also known to breakout into crowd-inspiring praise and worship ad-libs which can even be heard in his recorded music. Franklin, who does not sing, was recently referred to by the New Yorker as gospel’s “hype man.”
Franklin is a songwriter and performer who is always takes center stage with his uplifting lyrics and soulful musical arrangements. He coordinates the right singers and performers with the right music to set off his “Holy Ghost noise” as Franklin once referred to it in his remake of the gospel classic “Hosanna.”
The October performance will not be Franklin’s first performance in South Florida, but it will be his first time performing in Miramar and headlining Gospel in the Son.
Known by its acronym,G.I.T.S.O., the music festival has drawn crowds in Fort Lauderdale since 2010. It has featured acts such as gospel great; Fred Hammond, urban gospel ground breaker; Tye Tribbett, and Caribbean gospel legend; Carlene Davis.
This year’s G.I.T.S.O. will also include a performance by Bishop William Murphy who will be belting out hits such as “Praise is What I Do” and “You are My Strength.” Murphy is the lead pastor at the dReam Center Church in Atlanta. The church played in role in pushing Tasha Cobb, known for her hit “Break Every Chain,” to fame.
More acts may be added to the show according to Colin Forbes, an organizer of the event.
Forbes, who is director of ministry and productions for G.I.T.S.O. and vice president of SFL Caribbean TV’s gospel platform, which caters to the Caribbean Diaspora in the U.S, said the festival will be a spiritual revival.
“It is going to be a day of atonement,” said Forbes, who fellowships at Jesus Team Ministries in Lauderhill.
For more information on the Gospel in the Son Music Fest, call 786-322-4060, extension 800. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster.