Biography & Career
Royalprince Franklin Vanderbilt was born to drum.
Born on April 13, 1978, his Grandmother named him Royalprince, anticipating an exciting and worldly future for her young Grandson.
Raised on Chicago's West side, Franklin's family encouraged the development of his innate musical talents. As soon as Prince Franklin could crawl he was banging on pots and pans, and by age 5, he was seated on a Ludwig drum kit given to him by his Father and Grandfather. This began a childhood filled with music.
At Carl Schurz High School, Franklin participated in the Drama Arts program, where he acted and directed the music for traditional musicals like Oklahoma and West Side Story.
In 2002, when legendary r&b/funk diva Chaka Khan came to Las Vegas to perform, she selected Franklin to hold the drum seat with her and the band for the next 2 1/2 years. When he was not working with Chaka he toured with fusion jazz pioneer: Stanley Clarke and rock guitarist: Richie Kotzen.