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"Lean on Me" is a song by American gospel artist Kirk Franklin. Released in 1998, the song greatly helped ascend Kirk Franklin's album The Nu Nation Project.[1] The Nu Nation Project went on to top the Billboard Contemporary Christian Albums chart for 23 weeks and the Billboard Gospel Albums chart for 49 weeks, and brought Franklin his third Grammy.[2]

"Lean on Me"
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Single by Kirk Franklin
from the album The Nu Nation Project
ReleasedSeptember 22, 1998
GenreUrban contemporary gospel
LabelGospoCentric, RCA
Songwriter(s)Kirk Franklin
Producer(s)Kirk Franklin
Dan Shea
Kirk Franklin singles chronology
"Lean on Me"



Released as the first single in 1998, "Lean on Me" helped catapult The Nu Nation Project to becoming a 2x platinum gospel album.[3][4] The single is also an interpretation of the Bill Withers song ā€œ"Lean on Meā€.[2] The song was a collaboration with artists Bono, Mary J. Blige, Crystal Lewis, and R. Kelly. The song was heavily praised for reaching both the gospel and secular radio. 1.5 million copies of the single have been sold to date and the single was nominated for Song of the Year Category for the 41st Grammy Awards.[5] The single was also nominated for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.[5]

Kirk performed "Lean On Me" at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on 24 February before a TV audience of 1.5 billion people alongside Bono, Crystal Lewis, and Mary J. Blige.[6]

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  1. ^ Christianity Today. "Kirk Franklin". Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Kirk Franklin at The Wiltern". 102.3 KJLH Radio. KJLH Radio. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  3. ^ Rodney Batdorf. "Kirk Franklin The Nu Nation Project". All Music. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  4. ^ RIAA website[full citation needed]
  5. ^ a b "Kirk Franklin & Nu Nation". The Washington Post. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  6. ^ Tony Cummings. "Kirk Franklin: The Grammy Award winning megastar". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved 10 April 2016.