Grammy winner to write World Choir games song

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- Grammy-award winning gospel singer Kirk Franklin will write the official song of the 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati this summer.

Contest officials said Friday that Franklin also will perform the song at the July 4 opening ceremony when choirs from dozens of countries gather for the international competition.

The gospel musician and choir director also has led urban contemporary gospel choirs including The Family, God's Property and One Nation Crew. He is also host and executive producer of the gospel talent show "Sunday Best" on the BET network.

Nearly 400 choirs from 49 countries have registered for the games which are expected to draw tens of thousands of spectators.

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and May Festival Chorus also will perform at the opening ceremonies at U.S. Bank Arena.