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Article By Sherita Paul:: EEW Magazine

Adopted children make up roughly two percent of the total population under age 18. GRAMMY® Award-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin, 45, fell into that small percentage as a child.

Forsaken by his birth mother at age three, he was taken in by a great aunt.

Born Kirk Smith in Fort Worth, Texas, after Gertrude Franklin, a 64-year-old widow, adopted him, he, in turn, adopted her surname.

In a recent blog post, Franklin fondly reminisced about Gertrude, calling her “the angel that raised me as a kid,” while he reflected on her scrumptious home cooking.

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