Kirk Whalum (born July 11, 1958) is a jazz saxophonist and songwriter. He toured with Whitney Houston for more than seven years and soloed in her single "I Will Always Love You", the best -selling single by a female artist in music history. Kirk is also a Minister of the Gospel.
Whalum has recorded a series of well received solo albums and film soundtracks, with music ranging from pop to R&B to smooth jazz. His musical accomplishments have brought him a total of 12 Grammy nominations. He won his first Grammy award in 2011 for Best Gospel Song ("It's What I Do", featuring Lalah Hathaway) alongside lifelong friend and writer Jerry Peters. I personally love Kirk's series, "The Gospel According to Jazz"! His current single playing on Hallelujah FM is "What is This" featuring gospel singer Donnie McClurkin. The song is a cover of the Walter Hawkins classic! Happy Birthday Kirk!