Farrah Destiny Franklin (born May 3, 1981) is an American singer, actress, songwriter, and model, formerly a member of Destiny's Child.
Franklin was born in Fresno
, partially raised in Los Angeles
, to an Italian father and an African American
mother. Growing up, she performed in various church choirs and in off broadway musicals. In addition to performing, Franklin regularly mentored under privileged girls at Penny Lane, one of the largest group homes in Los Angeles
, in her spare time—something that she reportedly continues to do this day.
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 became acquainted with group members Kelly Rowland
and Beyoncé Knowles
. At the time she was in a fledgling singing group called Jane Doe, which was in the process of disbanding. In December, Matthew Knowles
invited Franklin and Michelle Williams
to join Destiny's Child
—replacing previous group members LaTavia Roberson
and LeToya Luckett
respectively. 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 contributed backing vocals to the remixes of "Jumpin' Jumpin'
," "Independent Women Part I
" (which were claimed to be removed before the album release), "Dot", and "Dance With Me." Farrah recorded some songs with Destiny's Child on the re-issue of their second album "The Writings On The Wall", while touring with Christina Aguilera
In July, after a five month stint 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 Farrah had missed three major dates and expressed a disinterest in continuing on with the group, leaving them with no other choice but to terminate her.
Post Destiny's Child career
After departing from Destiny’s Child, Farrah forged ahead with a solo career—focusing on her music career. She signed to Fo-reel Entertainment in 2002, where she recorded a song entitled "Get At Me" with Method Man
, but later was dropped. She was then sign to the Fabolous
Street Label. After being dropped, Farrah then started working heavily on acting. She starred in The Brewster Project
. She later won a Best Supporting Actress
award from the Independent Film Awards for her work in the film. Recently, Farrah has 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'
. Farrah has also been working on her modeling career and has modelled for Russel Simmons
' fashion line, Def Jam University and has been featured on the covers of Teen People
, Cosmo Girl
, and Today's Black Woman
Farrah is also continuing her career as a recording artist, and is reportedly working on an album and shopping for a label. In early 2007, Farrah appeared with other former members of Destiny Child in The E! special The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams a documentary of life in Destiny Child's and the issues which she had to face; She has also been featured in music videos by Destiny Child's (with the original Destiny's Child lineup) and musicians Mr. Cheeks, and R.L. Huggar.
- Trippin' (1999) as girl on bed # 2
- The Brewster Project (2004) as Maya
- Unemployed (2007) as ''unemployment clerk
- Single Black Female (2008) as Karma
- amales and Gumbo (2008)
- Farrah has also acted in an episode of All of Us and in the independent film Eyes of Darkness.
- Released: Unreleased
- Chart positions: TBA
- Billboard 200: TBA
- U.S. sales: TBA
- RIAA: TBA
- "Get at Me" with Method Man (2001)
- "Hurry Please" (2005)
- "Extraordinary Love" (2005)
- "Hold On" (said in interview) (unknown year)
- "Candy Girl" with Erin Bria (2007)
With Destiny's Child
- "Independent Women Part I" (Original - Thought to be on the version included on the Special Edition of Writing's on the Wall) (2000)
- "Dance With Me" (2000)
- "Jumpin Jumpin (Maurice's Radio Mix)" (Also appears at the end of Jumpin' Jumpin' Extended Remix on the "This is the Remix" album.) (2000)
- "Jumpin Jumpin (WNBA Version)" (2000)
- "Upside Down (Live Cover Of Diana Ross)" (2000)
- "Dot" (2000)
- "Have It Your Way" (2000)
Note: There are some early songs of Farrah that are not yet posted or announced.