WATCH: Kirk Franklin Teams Up With Jonathan McReynolds, Le’Andria Johnson, Fantasia, Kelly Price, Tyrese, Melvin Crispell III to Perform Rendition of “I Smile” for BET’s “Saving Our Selves” Coronavirus Relief Concert

Kirk Franklin brings out Kelly Price, Fantasia, Jonathan McReynolds, Tyrese, Le’Andria Johnson, and Melvin Crispell III kick off the “Saving Our Selves: BET COVID-19 Relief Effort” special. | Youtube/Screenshot/ BETNetworks

Gospel music pioneer Kirk Franklin and a few of his celebrity friends kicked off BET’s “Saving Our Selves” relief concert this week by performing a new rendition of his gospel hit, “I Smile.”

Franklin recruited singers Kelly Price, Fantasia, and Tyrese, along with gospel singers  Jonathan McReynolds, Melvin Crispell III, and Le’Andria Johnson to kick off the BET special.

“I Smile” was first released in 2011 and was awarded the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Song.

The new recording of “I Smile” is the first time R&B singer and “Fast & Furious” actor Tyrese Gibson, synonymously know as Tyrese, has been featured on a gospel recording.

“I didn’t think I needed this, but I do now,” Tyrese wrote on Instagram.

In a subsequent post, he thanked Franklin and everyone else who was involved in the project. “We put smiles on faces and piss the devil off at the same damn time!!!!!”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Jeannie Law