Gospel phenom Franklin continues to amaze with his first solo project since 1998's double-platinum Nu Nation Project.

Gospel phenom Franklin continues to amaze with his first solo project since 1998's double-platinum Nu Nation Project. Having helmed several other chart-topping projects for other acts in the interim, Franklin serves notice that his viability as an artist himself has only grown exponentially during the past four years. On Rebirth, Franklin spotlights cutting-edge urban tracks ("Brighter Day," "Always," "When I Get There"). Also prominently featured are duets with gospel and contemporary Christian royalty, including Shirley Caesar, T.D. Jakes, Donnie McClurkin, and Yolanda Adams. Displaying Franklin's deft grasp of the full breadth and depth of nearly all genres of contemporary and traditional music—secular as well as sacred—Rebirth leaps above and beyond even his previous efforts—so much so that it can be viewed as a daring, ever-engrossing rebirth of one of modern music's most fertile minds.—GE

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