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Kirk Franklin & the Family debut RIAA Gold Album Award

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RIAA Gold award for Kirk Franklin & The Family debut album, which was released on June 21, 1993. It was certified Gold by the RIAA on Feb. 8, 1995 for 500,000 copies sold, which this award celebrates.

The debut album by Franklin is a collaboration with his 17-voice choir, the Family. Recorded live on July 25, 1992 at Grace Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church in Fort Worth, Texas the album became very successful, topping the Billboard Gospel Albums chart. It also rose to #58 on the Top 200 Albums chart and #6 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop chart. By November of 1995 it was certified Platinum by the RIAA for one million sold. See image above for the RIAA sales certifications of this album*.  

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Item Highlights:

  • RIAA "R hologram" Gold album award with gold cassette and CD
  • In VG condition
  • First presentation award from 1995
  • Presented to record executive
  • All original with manufacturer's sticker on backing paper
  • Award measures approx. 13" x 17"
  • Known as a "R hologram" award, they were made from 1990-1997
  • Great collectors item for any Kirk Franklin fan
  • FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
  • International shipping available

Detailed Item Description: This is a first presentation RIAA Gold album award that would have been manufactured in 1995, making it approx. 26 years old. The award is presented to Bill Kennedy who then was VP of Sales at Capitol Records Nashville.

This award is all original and in VG condition. Award also has its original backing paper with Fitzgerald Hartley manufacturer sticker.

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Notes on the condition of all vintage RIAA awards: Please do not buy this item if you want a brand new piece of memorabilia. These are historical artifacts from the year they were produced. As a result they may show signs of wear. Frankly, if you see a 20 to 50-year-old award purported to be in 100% perfect condition, it might be too good to be true. After all, an antique should have "good' wear. If not, you might want to question the piece.

As to where they came from, they could have been displayed in record label offices, recording studios, artist manager's offices, radio stations, private collector's homes and yes, of course, possibly the artist's or songwriter's home. Typically, we don't know all the places they may have been over the years other than what we've stated in the description.

Finally, a word on photos: Our photos are zoomable so you can get a very good look. Do let us know if you want photos of any other details on our pieces and we'll be happy to provide. 

*RIAA sales data source: RIAA.com