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He has won two Stellar Awards, Gospel music’s highest honor.An eleven time Grammy nominee, Kirk won his first Grammy award for Best Gospel Song (“It’s What I Do” – featuring Lalah Hathaway) alongside life-long friend and gifted writer, Jerry Peters. Records) are The Gospel According to Jazz, Chapter 3 (double CD & DVD) and Everything is Everything – the Music of Donny Hathaway.The 80’s were highlighted by Kirk’s stepping out of his blossoming sideman role and forming his own band.It was also in Houston where jazz pianist Bob James “discovered” him and brought him on tour, which led to five successful albums, including “Cache”, Kirk’s first #1 album.Kirk is the recipient of numerous awards and acknowledgements for his musical excellence including three Dove Award nominations, an NAACP Image Award nomination and has won two Stellar Awards-Gospel music’s highest honor.An eleven time Grammy nominee, Kirk won his first Grammy award for Best Gospel Song (“It’s What I Do”) alongside life-long friend and gifted writer, Jerry Peters.The 80s were highlighted by Kirk’s stepping out of his blossoming sideman role and forming his own band.
Others include his eclectic Gospel According to Jazz series (Chapters 1, 2 and 3).
After moving to Los Angeles, Kirk became an in-demand session player for top artists like Barbara Streisand, Al Jarreau, Luther Vandross, Larry Carlton, Quincy Jones, and – most notably – Whitney Houston, among many others.
It’s his sax that is heard on the mega-hit “I Will Always Love You.” Kirk soon followed that career high point with his phenomenal hit album released on Warner Bros.
It’s in this spirit that he serves his community, frequently performing at nursing homes, schools and missions.
In addition to music and ministry, Kirk has a passion to educate young, aspiring musicians and as such he currently serves as President/CEO of the STAX Music Academy and the STAX Museum of American Soul Music in his hometown of Memphis, TN.