Kirk Franklin has announced that he will launch a gospel music festival in his hometown of Irving, Texas. With the move, he hopes to add a much-needed platform to gospel music.

The 47-year old gospel recording artist—who remains gospel’s bestselling artist—announced that he would partner with Live Nation to present the weeklong Exodus Music & Arts Festival for the inaugural even on Memorial Day weekend.

“It’s not about me. It’s about the music,” he posted. “I’m excited because finally the genre that I love and that I’m a part of, something that’s very important to me now has a wonderful opportunity to see another level of excitement and another platform to be able to give you the best in hopeful music, gospel music, that feel good music. “Memorial Day weekend it will be the first ever of its kind in the history of its genre. It’s going to have the best and brightest in gospel music. This is huge. Not huge for me, but huge for us.”

Marvin Sapp, Tamela Mann and Tye Tribbett are just some of the artists set to appear, with more to be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets are already on sale at