b. 1976, Spanish Town, Jamaica, West Indies. Franklin came from a large family and left school at an early age. She demonstrated her singing skills whenever the opportunity arose, and was eventually noticed by Winston Riley, who recorded her performing a cover version of Janet Jackson’s ‘Let’s Wait A While’. Franklin’s initial recording did not make a significant impression on the reggae charts but her determination led to an association with Brian And Tony Gold, and the result was a Jamaican number 1 hit with ‘Here I Am’. It was through Brian and Tony that Franklin teamed up with Home T and Clifton ‘Specialist’ Dillon, where her international reputation grew. In 1992 Franklin was asked to record Deborahe Glasgow’s ‘Champion Lover’, which was covered by Shabba Ranks as ‘Mr Loverman’. Shabba’s success led to ...
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