Kam Franklin: Improve Her Quality of Life Through Her Music
Young and talented singer, Kam Franklin, started singing at just 5 years old. With assistance from her parents, she had no problem pursuing her dreams. But like most of us, Kam had many insecurities growing up. It was her ability to focus on her craft that allowed for improvements on her self-confidence.
Self-assured Kam Franklin who is now a vocalist for The Suffers, a soul band from Texas, can be seen performing on shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, and Late Show with David Letterman.
In our interview, Kam talks about how she overcame her insecurities and learned to love herself.
How was your childhood? What experiences negative or positive helped shape the person you are today?
I had a pretty good childhood. I grew up in a middle-class household on the southeast side of Houston. My parents divorced when I was young, but I can say that I was an overall happy child. I now know how lucky I was to be raised by extremely supportive parents. They always encouraged my dreams, no matter how weird they were, and I believe it has played a huge role in who I am today.
Did you experience any insecurities growing up? If so, how did you overcome them or how are you currently dealing with them?
Yes, I was always the "bigger" girl in my class. I was 4'7 in 5th grade, when most of the kids were about a foot shorter. In high school, I was always about 50 pounds heavier than all of my friends. It used to bug me so much. I'd crash diet and workout until my legs felt like they were going to fall off. Once I started focusing on my music career, I thought my body would be my ticket to success. Once I started focusing on my craft, everything else slowly fell into place, including my confidence. I'm a work in progress, but I love every inch of myself now. It took a long time to get here, and some days outside forces try to get the best of me but I always seem to come out on top.
When did you first realize that you wanted to sing?
When I was 5 years old, I participated in a children's choir program at my church. The pastor handed me the mic to do a solo, and I wouldn't give it back to him. From then on, I just knew.
What is it like being a part of The Suffers?
It's incredibly chaotic some days, but I feel very lucky to be in a band with these guys. I love them very much, and I can't wait to see where we go next.
What are your ultimate goals? What can we expect in the future from Kam Franklin?
I would love to buy a home for myself and my family with the money I've made making music. It's a simple thing, but it would mean the world to me to do that for them.
You can expect more music from The Suffers, more collaborations with other artists, and an evolution of my personal style. I'm on a quest to improve my quality of life, and my style is just a small part of that change.
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