NEW YORK, May 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) announced today that its gospel music channel, Praise, will become Kirk Franklin's Praise, a commercial-free music channel executive produced by multi-Grammy® Award-winning, multi-platinum selling, crossover gospel artist Kirk Franklin. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101014/NY82093LOGO ) Kirk Franklin's Praise channel will give SiriusXM listeners the opportunity to hear contemporary and classic gospel music from artists such as Shirley Caesar, Fred Hammond, Mary Mary, Donnie McClurkin, Marvin Sapp, Isaac Carree, LeAndria, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Mali Music and Lecrae. Kirk Franklin's Praise will be available via satellite on channel 64, and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com. The 24/7 commercial-free gospel music channel will launch on Friday, May 24, at 12:00 pm ET. Kirk Franklin will celebrate the launch of Kirk Franklin's Praise with a live performance and an intimate Q&A in front of an audience of SiriusXM listeners for SiriusXM's "Artist Confidential" series. The performance will air on Kirk Franklin's Praise channel, on Monday, May 27 at 8:00 am ET and throughout the following week. SiriusXM's "Artist Confidential" with Kirk Franklin will also be available on SiriusXM On Demand for listeners listening via the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and other mobile devices or online at siriusxm.com. Visit www.siriusxm.com/ondemand for more information on SiriusXM On Demand. "I am so honored and excited to be able to have this platform to bring music fans the biggest stars and the freshest new talents in Gospel music," said Mr. Franklin. "Over the years, SiriusXM has shown a real commitment to Gospel music and I am proud to be working alongside their staff to build this new channel."