Kirk Franklin’s Lean on Me

Rolling Stone (1998-09-12)

Hip-hop gospeman Kirk Franklin called upon a slew of talented folks, including Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly, and Bono, to sing on his single “Lean on Me,” which will benefit Southern churches destroyed in a rash of hate crimes. “When churches burn, it takes more than prayer to replace them,” Franklin says. It’s a problem that gets left on the back burner, so I wanted people who’d take the message further.”

Kirk flew to Ireland to record with Bono, but he didn’t stay long. “I flew back the same day,” he says. “It was my baby girl’s first birthday the next day-that was just as important.”

And Bono? “He was wonderful. Meet him and you’ll understand why the dude’s an icon.”

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