A native of Swannanoa, North Carolina, Mr. Franklin studied music at Appalachian State University with aspirations of singing professionally.
In the decade after college, Mr. Franklin went on to perform in cities across the United States, mostly in opera but also in a few musicals and large concert works. Some of his favorite roles were Papageno in The Magic Flute, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Germnont in LaTraviata and Elijah in Elijah. Mr. Franklin left his singing career for business so he could be closer to home for his wife and three little girls, but eventually returned to music as interim worship leader at Wieuca Road Baptist Church. There he realized that his passion was for music and inspiring young people to appreciate it. Since then, he has taught children’s choir and music appreciation and returned to solo singing.
Mr. Franklin believes that, even for those who do not sing or play an instrument, having an appreciation for the beauty of music and its role in history will heighten one’s ability to appreciate all areas of the human experience.