Kirk Franklin gives Sunday Gospel Brunch a face lift

- April 3, 2013

He’s teamed up with House of Blues to revamp its brunch with a new menu and a mix of traditional and contemporary gospel music.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Grammy-winning gospel star Kirk Franklin is teaming with House of Blues to inject new excitement into the music club’s traditional Gospel Brunch as part of its year-long 20th anniversary celebration.

Franklin says he’ll be upgrading the talent and updating the presentation of the restaurants’ popular Sunday morning live entertainment experience, which will be rebranded with his name. The new-look brunch will be unveiled May 12 at the dozen House of Blues nationwide with Franklin himself hosting in Los Angeles.

“They thought it would be great for me to come in and create content and curate new ideas,” says Franklin, who began working with House of Blues on the project a year ago. “We’ll be incorporating my music and images and creating video presentations. Musically, we are ramping up the talent and will be keeping the traditional gospel that people love while also introducing them to some of the new stars and new sounds in the genre.”

Franklin’s cross-generational hits as a singer/producer/choir leader include Stomp, Why We Sing, Looking for You andDeclaration (This Is It). His most recent album, 2012’s Hello Fear, won two Grammys.

He calls the new brunch a “labor of love” and says he’s visited the various clubs with the intent of tailoring the shows to their particular market. Along with the music, the menu is also being revamped with a buffet featuring an array of Southern specialties and breakfast items.

In addition to the brunch, Franklin says he’ll also curate two House of Blues tours a year that will spotlight contemporary stars and up-and-coming acts.

“It will be a sort of ‘Kirk Franklin presents the next generation of gospel,’ ” he says. “Whoever is coming up, whether it’s hip-hop gospel with someone like Lecrae or a Kiki Sheard or just younger artists that I think are going to have a big impact.”