MAVERICK CITY MUSIC AND KIRK FRANKLIN ANNOUNCE THE ‘KINGDOM’ TOUR
Special Guests Jonathan McReynolds and Housefires Join the Tour Across All Shows
ORLANDO, FLORIDA [March 14, 2022] - GRAMMY®-nominated, Billboard Music Award-winning, platinum-selling, multi-racial, multi-cultural, and genre-bending collective Maverick City Music and 16-time GRAMMY® Award-winning artist, songwriter, producer and cultural icon Kirk Franklin announced the Kingdom Tour featuring special guests Jonathan McReynolds and Housefires. Produced by Live Nation and Undivided, the 37-city tour kicks off in Miami, FL on Wednesday, June 1 making stops across North America, including their first visit to Orlando’s Amway Center on Thursday, June 2. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 18 at 10 a.m. ET.
At the conclusion of the Kingdom Tour, a collaboration album, “Kingdom,” will follow featuring Maverick City Music and Kirk Franklin.
Super group Maverick City Music has been making noise since forming in 2018. Featuring a rotating group of members, including Chandler Moore, Naomi Raine, Dante Bowe, Lizzie Morgan, MJ George, Aaron Moses, Joe L Barnes and Brandon Lake, Maverick City Music brings together a diverse array of voices, drawing inspiration from soul, gospel, R&B, and indie rock. Their 2021 album “Old Church Basement,” in collaboration with Elevation Worship, earned the group three GRAMMY nominations across three categories including nominations for their largest single to date, “Jireh” (feat. Chandler Moore & Naomi Raine) and “Wait On You” (feat. Dante Bowe & Chandler Moore).
Founded by Tony Brown and Jonathan Jay in 2018, Maverick City Music emerged from a series of writing camps dedicated to assembling a diverse range of artists from various genres who would normally not have the opportunity to be in a room together. The songs that emerged from these writing camps would lay the groundwork for the success of Maverick City Music. In two years, the group secured multiple top 10 releases on the Billboard charts, garnered over 300 million streams worldwide and sold out their first- ever tour, which took place in arenas across the country. The impact of Maverick City Music continues to resonate as they unite millions of people and provide a sense of community to those who need a place to go. In 2021, Billboard crowned Maverick City Music as the number two Gospel artist of the year and they have earned multiple Stellar Gospel Music Awards, Dove Awards and a Billboard Music Award.
Franklin is a 16-time GRAMMY® Award-winning songwriter, arranger and producer. After 30+ years of continuous hits and tremendous success bridging hip-hop, pop and gospel together, Franklin’s “Love Theory” bowed at number one on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart and kept the position on lock for 39 weeks. The vibrant track marked the singer’s record-extending seventh number one and his second single atop the chart. “Love Theory” also opened at number one on Gospel Streaming Songs chart as well as Gospel Digital Song Sales charts. The album “Long Live Love” and single “Love Theory” won two GRAMMYs in January 2020. Franklin continuously creates a sonic compass to everyday culture and curates a gospel moment whenever and however he can to keep the message of the gospel pushing forward. Known for his timeless songs and epic collaborations with artists including, Chance the Rapper, Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Michael Jackson, Wyclef Jean and more. Franklin’s impact does not just stop at the charts, he promotes the growth and development of young artists by hosting Camp Lotus, a summer camp for aspiring artists and musicians. Franklin also supports various non-profit organizations including Compassion International and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. While Franklin is committed to helping his communities, he is also passionate about making sure gospel reaches new heights and entertainment mediums. In addition to Franklin’s podcast “Good Words,” available on all digital platforms, his satellite radio show on SiriusXM, “Kirk Franklin’s Praise,” and a phenomenal music show on Twitch, Franklin is the executive producer of ‘Kingdom Business,” a scripted drama for BET and served as executive producer and music producer for the holiday film, Kirk Franklin’s “A Gospel Christmas,” which aired on Lifetime.
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