Meet gospel group A4L or All For Love. They’re four sisters on a mission to share their love for Christ through gospel music.
“The word gospel means good news,” said Alynn Franklin. “So it’s great to be able to share a message of hope and encouragement to people.”
“It’s just the culture of our family to love music,” said Alyssa Franklin. “Just from our dad and uncle being the proprietors of Muzicnet, they instilled in us: hum the 1 in this song. He made sure we knew the music theory and the number system. So it’s really birthed from our DNA and just us being his daughters.”
They say the diverse music training from their father and uncle, Alan and Aaron Franklin, at the Muzicnet School of Music helped them narrow their focus.
“I love all music,” said their father, Alan Franklin. “But to me, gospel music brings life and hope and I’m just happy that they choose that route.”
“It’s something when you leave a gospel concert you leave with a different feeling of hope and you’re uplifted,” said uncle Aaron Franklin.
“Gospel music is so broad; you have a lot of range from the choir to the quartet,” Alaynia Boren said. “Now worship gospel is coming into a new height. We’ve been exploring our niche in the gospel world and it’s been fun to have those liberties.”
As an official group for the past seven years, A4L says the biggest difference between gospel music and other genres is the message.
“That’s what I feel like the difference is between gospel music and the songs of today,” Alexis Franklin said. “I can listen to a song right now and it can tell me what I’m going through, but what is a song that can tell me how to get past it? So that’s what gospel music does. It’s like, not only am I going through a trial, but Jesus is the one that can get me through it.”
“There’s messages put in music too,” Boren agreed. “You might forget everything the pastor said, but there might be a song that blessed you, gave you hope or encouragement and that song sticks with you. So you’re singing yourself into freedom essentially. The goal of gospel music is: you should want to grow into something better, live better, be better. Change an old mindset, get a new perspective. That’s our goal, that people are radically transformed by what they hear.”
Video: “Make Me Yours” written and performed by A4L.
A4L will be dropping their first album later this year. You can catch their virtual performance on Easter Sunday with Transformation Church Chicago.
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Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the song performed above by A4L. The story has been updated.
Angel Idowu is the JCS Fund of the DuPage Foundation Arts Correspondent.