Monday, June 06, 2016

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-God's Property

Artist:God's Property f/Kirk Franklin and Cheryl James
Album:God's Property from Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation

Stomp is the record that turned Kirk Franklin from a gospel artist into something much bigger. But what fans may not realize is that Stomp is not from a Kirk Franklin record. It's from an album by the choir God's Property. Franklin produced the album. It was very successful but then things got messy. God's Property was formed in Dallas in 1992 by music teacher Linda Ray Hall-Searight and her drummer son Robert "Sput" Searight. They worked with Kirk Franklin on his 1995 album Whatcha Lookin 4. Then Franklin signed God's Property to his B-Rite Music label and he produced the 1997 album God's Property from Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation. Franklin produced the album with Buster and Shavoni and Kevin Bond. Stomp was the first single. Franklin wrote it using a sample from Funkadelic's One Nation Under A Groove. Franklin does his shtick. And Cheryl James of the rap group Salt-n-Pepa is also featured. The record blew up. Not only did it top the gospel chart but it crossed over to R & B and the Billboard Hot 100. To date it is still the best selling gospel album of all time. And it launched Kirk Franklin to stardom. But it was the only God's Property album. It all ended when Linda Ray Hall-Searight sued B-Rite in 1998 to cancel what she described as a one sided contract. Franklin went on to form his new group Nu Nation. God's Property imploded. Some choir members went with Franklin, most significantly Myron Butler who has gone on to a solo career. Robert "Sput" Searight is a member of the popular group Snarky Puppy. In 2014, Franklin announced plans to reunite with God's Property. That may still be in the works but nothing has come of that yet. God's Property from Kirk Franklin's Nu Nation is available as a budget CD. Here's the video for Stomp by God's Property featuring Kirk Franklin and Cheryl James.

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