Farrah Franklin

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Farrah Franklin
Born (1981-05-03) May 3, 1981 (age 35)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active 1999–present
Musical career
Genres R&B
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, music producer, dancer, actress
Instruments Vocals
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[edit]

1999–2000: Destiny's Child[edit]

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 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", 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 allegedly dismissed from the group. In a later interview, Franklin claimed that she had suffered from dehydration and was recovering as she traveled with the group to do a show in Seattle. After being verbally attacked by the other group members and management due to her sickly appearance, Farrah stormed out of the room and left the group. A day later, group member Beyoncé Knowles claimed 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.[1] Within days, the news spread stating that Franklin was released when indeed, she had left the group on the evening of the Seattle show.

2001–present: Solo projects[edit]

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.[2] 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.[citation needed]

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.[3] In June 2016, she was detained by police in DeKalb County, Georgia, on charges of public intoxication and marijuana possession.[4][5]

Filmography[edit]

  • 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

Discography[edit]

Songs[edit]

  • 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
  • Heartache
  • Stupid Me

References[edit]

  1. ^ Basham, David (2000-07-21). "Destiny's Child Talks Split With Farrah". MTV.com. Retrieved 2012-11-17. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "Farrah Franklin | LinkedIn". LinkedIn. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Ex-Destiny’s Child member arrested in DeKalb". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Dunwoody, Georgia). June 2, 2016. Retrieved June 7, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Former Destiny Child's Member Farrah Franklin Arrested For Public Intoxication". Billboard. June 6, 2016. Retrieved June 7, 2016. 

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