Singer and songwriter Kay Franklins is a cross between sultry R&B and liberation. The West Los Angeles native and grandson of the illustrious John Barnes, who produced for Michael Jackson, Chaka Khan, Quincy Jones. Has spent more than half his life producing and writing records, for both himself and for other artists. From Hip-hop to R&B, Trap to Pop, with his most notable penning on, “Rocket Science” for Joyce Wrice, and the recently released “4 The Low” for Problem and Wiz Khalifa. With 60k monthly organic listeners, this melodic crooner gives an open invitation to the world of Bae Franklin, and it feels like 90’s R&B.
It’s not easy to enter the music industry, but it’s even harder to stay for more than a decade. The producer and singer-songwriter Kay Franklin can testify to this. Back when he first began his career as a music artist, he had limited ways to promote himself, and there weren’t many opportunities for him. This is why for Kay to continue being successful throughout the years means overcoming a lot of challenges.
The first challenge that Kay faced as an artist is more about himself and his capabilities. He’s passionate about music, and he acknowledges that he has the talent. However, he found it hard to believe that his songs were good enough. For this reason, he was reluctant to show his songs to the world. It wasn’t until later that he realized that he was focusing on the wrong thing.
Obsessing about how his songs weren’t perfect was not going to get him anywhere. He decided to just follow his heart when he makes music and trust in talent to make phenomenal songs. This also brings him to another major lesson that he learned during his journey. It’s that there is always room for improvement.
While he realized he shouldn’t focus on being perfect, dismissing something he thinks still needs improvement will also stop him from being successful. He stated that the right thing to do is embrace the fact that there is no perfection but make it up by practicing.
The music industry is not just about talent. It’s essential, but it’s not the only ingredient for success. If you don’t hone your abilities and look for ways to constantly improve, you’ll be overwhelmed by other gifted individuals. According to Kay, the most incredible artists are more dedicated than talented.
Working hard will always be part of everyone’s endeavor, regardless of which industry they are in. There’s no shortcut to success, and the road towards it is rough, but the essential ingredient is persistence. This is why no matter how hard things become, Kay says to never give up on your dream job. Look for your motivation.
In Kay’s case, he once signed a bad contract, and it was one of the worst moments in his whole journey. At that time, he seriously considered quitting because he thought he would never be able to recover. If not for his daughter and his desire to give her the comfortable life she deserves, he would have really quit altogether. His story exemplifies the importance of relying on your motivation when things get tough.
Besides his daughter, his fans also served as his support system. Whenever he loses confidence, he looks to his loyal supporters on Instagram and other social media platforms to remind himself that he and his music are always appreciated.