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PSYCHED UP RADIO SPECIAL FEATURE: Franklin Vanderbilt, Never Taken "Alive!"

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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.

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 her band for the next 2 1/2 years.  When he was not working with Chaka he toured, worked and recorded with fusion jazz pioneer, Stanley Clarke, rock guitarist Richie Kotzen and Billy Sheehan.

In 2005, Franklin had the honor of working with 22 time Grammy winner Stevie Wonder.  In 2007, Royalprince Franklin firmly established himself as a professional percussionist when he received a call from 8 time Grammy winner Lenny Kravitz to become a member of his band. Franklin has been touring worldwide and making TV appearances with Lenny Kravitz for the past seven years. 

A young and seasoned musician, Franklin continues to focus on his music through songwriting, singing and composition of original music. Franklin embraces the same passion he brings to the stage in his daily celebration of life.