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Music collective Maverick City and gospel legend Kirk Franklin have teamed up to raise awareness about mass incarceration in America.

Their collaborative album, Kingdom Book One, released June 17 via Tribl Records and Fo Yo Soul Entertainment/RCA Inspiration.

“Thine is the Kingdom / The power, the glory / Forever and ever / He finished my story / We’re singing freedom / Our testimony / We’ll be singing forever, amen,” they sing on the stirring chorus.

Kingdom Book One was made entirely on the grounds of a Florida prison and features background vocals from 1,300 inmates. “I think this album is for every fan that loves music, and our hope is that these songs and the stories behind them will serve as a way to raise awareness of the challenges that people face every day – many of which are forgotten about,” says Maverick City Music’s Jonathan Jay.

“For me, the most impactful part of this experience was the prisoners’ reaction to being remembered as humans. It was an overwhelming sense of gratitude and excitement that carried through every day we spent with these men. It was unbelievable, and I think if more people would just become aware of these feelings, they would want to help find a solution for the issues that come with incarceration.”

Kingdom Book One Deluxe Edition is now out and was recorded at the historic Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, NC.

Billboard Gospel Air Play Chart

Week of November 12, 2022

1. Kingdom Maverick City x Kirk Franklin

2. Let Him In Jokia

3. You’ve Been Good To Me Zacardi Cortez

4. Your World Jonathan McReynolds

5. Call Jor’ Dan Armstron f/Erica Campbell

6. When I Pray DOE

7. New Tye Tribbett

8. Here Comes The Joy Deitrick Haddon

9. Call on the Name Marcus Jordan

10. The Ride Bryan Andrew Wilson

11. I Hear You Lucinda Moore

12. I’m In Love (Live) Nia Allen

13.  All I Need Jason Nelson

14.  Goodness of God CeCe Winans

15.  Nothing Else Matters (Instead of Complaining, Praise Him) Brent Jones

16. Just Us William Murphy

17. Finished Tamela Mann

18.  I Still Have You Smokie Norful

19.  Anything Can Happen Mark Crowder

20.  All In His Hands MAJOR


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