KUTX at Home: Kam Franklin and Laurie Gallardo full interview
Nothing will extinguish the fabulous fire that is Kam Franklin – songwriter, activist, front woman of Houston Gulf Coast soul outfit The Suffers, and visual artist. Though I could not help but gush over those magic moments experiencing the band performing on national television (Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, The Daily Show), there is more behind the great music than you might realize. Franklin is an exquisite example of a multifaceted artist flowing and shifting with the changing times, dedicated to being present in the moment.
While COVID-19 has presented musicians with many challenges in terms of getting their music out to fans, Franklin assessed the possibilities and set out to create an outlet that would keep making the music accessible, right down to creating the gorgeous physical space for many of her livestream performances. And when it comes to those performances, whether it’s Franklin solo or performing with The Suffers, it’s always invigorating and electrifying.
I had a chat with Franklin to talk about her livestream experiences, writing and producing the track “I Can’t Wait” for KUTX’s Song Confessional, being an unapologetically outspoken presence for social change as well as a voice of encouragement and hope through art, and working on all the music during quarantine. A strange experience, but it can be done! – Laurie Gallardo, KUTX Host
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