|This biographical article relies too much on references to primary sources. (January 2009)|
May 3, 1981 |
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, music producer, dancer, actress|
|Labels||Columbia (2000), Fo-reel Entertainment (2002–2003)|
|Associated acts||Tweet, K. Michelle, LaTavia Roberson, LeToya Luckett|
Farrah Franklin (born May 3, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. She is a former member of Destiny's Child who replaced LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett alongside Michelle Williams.
Recording and movie career
1999–2000: Destiny's Child
In 1999, Franklin was hired to be an extra in the music video for Destiny's Child's "Bills, Bills, Bills". It was there that she met with group members Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, LeToya Luckett, and LaTavia Roberson. At the time she was in a fledgling singing group called Jane Doe, which was in the process of disbanding.
In December of 1999, Matthew Knowles invited Franklin and Michelle Williams to join Destiny's Child—replacing previous group members LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett without notice. The two were introduced in February 2000 via the music video for "Say My Name". Franklin toured and performed with the group, and also appeared in the music video for "Jumpin', Jumpin'".
Franklin's vocal contributions included, "Jumpin', Jumpin'" (the remixes), "Upside Down" (Live at VH1 Divas) "Big Momma's Theme" (from "Big Momma's House"), "Dot", "8 Days of Christmas" (the original version from the UK deluxe edition of The Writing's on the Wall) and some songs from Survivor, including "Independent Women", "Independent Women Part II", "Dance With Me" and "Like Dat" (which was cut from the album).
On July 20, 2000, after 6 months with Destiny's Child, Franklin was dismissed from the group, learning of her firing from an MTV News report. Shortly thereafter, group member Beyoncé Knowles stated in an interview that Franklin had missed three major dates and expressed a lack of interest in continuing with the group, leaving them with no other choice but to dismiss her.
2001–present: Solo projects
After leaving Destiny's Child, Franklin began a solo career. She signed to and was dropped from Fo-reel Entertainment in 2002, where she recorded a song titled "Get at Me" with Method Man. She was then signed and dropped from the Fabolous street label. She also began an acting career, and starred in The Brewster Project in 2004. She finished shooting an independent thriller film called Eyes of Darkness, which also features rapper Jayo Felony. Before joining Destiny's Child, Franklin also made an appearance in the 1999 feature film, Trippin'. Franklin has modeled for Russell Simmons' fashion line, Def Jam University and has been featured on the covers of Teen People, Ebony, Cosmo Girl, Vibe, and Today's Black Woman.
In early 2007, Franklin appeared with other former members of Destiny's Child in the E! special Boulevard of Broken Dreams, which documented their experiences in Destiny's Child and the issues that Franklin caused during the weeks she was present in the group. Aside from her work as an extra in Destiny's Child, she has also appeared in videos for Mr. Cheeks, and R. L. Huggar. In 2009, Franklin attempted to form her own group called "Pheenx" composing of Franklin herself, Bethany Grant, and Queen. The group so far only recorded two songs called "Post Boy" and "Sharpshooter" with the help of Blaque Rose Entertainment. However after a couple weeks since the group's formation, Bethany Grant was dismissed from the group due to her involvement in pornographic scenes therefore announcing that they are looking for a new member. After several months of inactivity and lack of updates on that same year, the group disbanded. She has been working on her debut album, for fifteen years since her dismissal from Destiny's Child, and she has announced that she will be releasing her single called "Magic & Make Up" on iTunes in September 15, 2015 and the music video for the single released on September 24 on her official Vevo Channel. She owns a company called One Love Pictures and Entertainment.
In April 2011, Franklin was arrested for disorderly conduct in Culver City, California. She later claimed that she was "manhandled" by police, the victim of racial profiling and had not been arrested but merely detained; however, police reiterated to TMZ that she was in fact arrested and that they were responding to a resident's claim that Franklin had been "disturbing the peace".
- The Brewster Project (2004) as Maya
- All of Us (TV series; episode: "Robert and Neesee Get Real") (2006)
- Tamales and Gumbo (2008)
- Unemployed (2008) as Unemployment Clerk
- Single Black Female (2009) as Karma
- The Preacher's Family (2011) as LaJune Carter
- Magic & Make Up - September 15, 2015
- Get At Me (ft. Method Man)
- Hurry Please
- Extraordinary Love
- Candy Girl (ft. Erin Bria Wright)
- More Than A Pretty Face (ft. Fabolous)
- Lolli Pop
- Stupid Me
- Basham, David (2000-07-21). "Destiny's Child Talks Split With Farrah". MTV.com. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
- Reid, Shaheem (2003-01-31). "Mr. Cheeks Casts Ex-Destiny's Child Member As A Shorty With The Fatty - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV.com. Retrieved 2012-11-04.
- "Farrah Franklin | LinkedIn". LinkedIn. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
- "Former Destiny's Child member Farrah Franklin arrested for disorderly conduct". Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers. Retrieved 18 July 2014.
- Farrah Franklin at the Internet Movie Database
- Farrah Franklin on Twitter
- Farrah Franklin at Last.fm