05/14/2010 07:50 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Gospel Great, Kirk Franklin's ' Blueprint ' for Success (LISTEN)

Grammy winner, Kirk Franklin may have sold way more than 10 million albums in his career and garnered countless awards but life wasn't always that easy. There was a time when his relatives told him to get his head out of the clouds, when he felt he had lost his way and his faith completely. But now, life has changed for him and he has made it his mission to inspire others through his gospel music and his newest book, The Blueprint.

In my interview with Franklin, he discusses his rise to fame, his days when all he had to eat was government cheese and his poignant advice for those who are going through a tough time right now.