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Maverick City Music x Kirk Franklin Collaborate on 11-Track 'Kingdom Book 1,' out Friday, June 17 via Tribl Records / Fo Yo Soul / RCA Inspiration

Recorded in a Florida prison yard, the record raises awareness for mass incarceration and features background vocals from more than 1,300 Inmates

New Single "Kingdom" out Today (5.20)

'The Kingdom Tour' set to kick off June 1 in Miami, FL

Maverick City Music x Kirk Franklin Collaborate on 11-Track Album Out June 17

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NEWS SOURCE: Shore Fire Media
May 20, 2022

On Friday, June 17, GRAMMY award-winning music collective Maverick City Music and 16-time GRAMMY winner Kirk Franklin will bring the injustices around mass incarceration – and the voices of 1,300 inmates – to centerstage with the release of their collaborative album KINGDOM Book 1, out June 17th via Tribl Records and Fo Yo Soul Entertainment / RCA Inspiration. A cornerstone to the thought-provoking collection and the first glimpse into what’s to come, the album’s title track “Kingdom”(LINK) is available today (5.20).

Taking the idea of “prison performance” to another level, the genre-transcending, 11-track project made entirely from the grounds of a Florida prison, features Maverick City Music and Franklin recording the experience alongside more than ninety-percent of those who remain incarcerated at the location. 

Joined by men from every walks of life – different gangs, races and backgrounds – ‘Kingdom Book 1’ evolved from an unfiltered message of love and universal acceptance and became a passionate, powerful movement that embodies the collective’s core beliefs of inspiring and helping others. 

“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 to the challenges that people face everyday – many of which are forgotten about,” Maverick City Music’s Jonathan Jay explains. “For me, the most impactful part of this experience was the prisoners’ reaction to simply 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.”

“We want awareness around the topics that affect the community that we represent, as black and brown people, primarily,” Maverick City Music’s Tony Brown continues. “It’s important that we’re able to not just share our songs, but also share the heart and the lives that these songs are coming from. Most of us, in some way, have been impacted by these issues, and as we mature as artists, the things that matter to us the most need to take precedence. This is one of them.”

“In addition to awareness, I hope this album motivates people to do something about these issues,” says Brown. “It’s being proactive – giving to foundations that help figure out how to stop mass incarceration, volunteering in communities that are grossly affected by it, and acknowledging that this is a real thing. If we can get a small amount of people to simply acknowledge this issue exists, then that's a huge win for us.”

This year is poised to be the biggest yet for the young pioneers of Maverick City Music. The group just won a GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album and completed a historic televised performance on the show. Nominated across four categories at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards, with triple nods in one category, and receiving three 2022 K-Love Awards nominations earlier this week, the group will take the music and the movement behind ‘Kingdom Book 1’ on the road this summer with their headline ‘Kingdom’ Tour alongside Franklin. Set to kick off on June 1 in Miami, the extensive, 37-date trek hits arenas across the nation through the end of July, and fans can purchase tickets to the nearly sold-out tour HERE.

'Kingdom Book 1' Tracklist
1. Kingdom - Feat. Naomi Raine, Chandler Moore
2. Fear Is Not My Future - Feat. Brandon Lake, Chandler Moore
3. Bless Me
4. Jealous - Feat. Chandler Moore, Lizzie Morgan
5. Talkin Bout (Love) - Feat. Chandler Moore, Lizzie Morgan
6. The One You Love - Feat. Brandon Lake, Dante Bowe, Chandler Moore
7. My Life Is In Your Hands - Feat. Chandler Moore
8. Melodies From Heaven - Feat. Chandler Moore, Maryanne George
9. I Smile - Feat. Lizzie Morgan
10. Why We Sing - Feat. Brandon Lake
11. Take Me Back - Feat. Dante Bowe, Chandler Moore, Ryan Ofei

The Kingdom Tour: Maverick City Music x Kirk Franklin 
Wed., Jun 01 – Miami, FL – FTX Arena
Thu., Jun 02 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
Sat., Jun 04 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre at the FL State Fairgrounds
Sun., Jun 05 – Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre
Tue., Jun 07 – Birmingham, AL – Legacy Arena at the BJCC
Thu., Jun 09 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
Fri., Jun 10 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
Sun., Jun 12 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Tue., Jun 14 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
Thu., Jun 16 – Washington DC – Capital One Arena
Sat., Jun 18 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
Sun., Jun 19 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
Tue., Jun 21 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
Wed., Jun 22 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
Thu., Jun 23 – St. Louis, MO – Chaifetz Arena
Tue., Jun 28 – Kansas City, MO – T-Mobile Center
Thu., Jun 30 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Fri., Jul 01 – Memphis, TN – FedExForum
Sat Jul., 02 – Jackson, MS – Brandon Amphitheater
Thu., Jul 07 – Oklahoma City, OK – Paycom Center
Fri., Jul 08 – Houston, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
Sat., Jul 09 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
Sun., Jul 10 – Ft. Worth, TX – Dickies Arena
Wed., Jul 13 – Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
Sat., Jul 16 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
Tue., Jul 19 – Seattle, WA – Climate Pledge Arena
Wed., Jul 20 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
Fri., Jul 22 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
Sat., Jul 23 – Irvine, CA – Five Point Amphitheater
Sun., Jul 24 – Los Angeles, CA – Arena
Wed., Jul 27 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
Thu., Jul 28 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
Fri., Jul 29 – Las Vegas, NV – Michelob ULTRA Arena
Sun., Jul 31 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena''
Tue., Aug. 02 - Kansas City, MO - T-Mobile Center 
Thu., Aug. 04 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center 
Sat., Aug. 06 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center 
Sun., Aug. 07 - Chicago, IL - Hollywood Casino Amp


For more info on Maverick City Music, visit the JFH Artists Database.
For more info on Kirk Franklin, visit the JFH Artists Database.

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