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Who Is Kecalf Cunningham? Know Everything About Aretha Franklin’s Son

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Kecalf Cunningham is the son of late soulful singer Aretha Franklin. Aretha who is dubbed as the “Queen of Soul” spent over a half-century in the world of music, having sold over 75 million records worldwide. The legendary artist has also won numerous prestigious accolades including 18 Grammy Awards and more. Sadly, Aretha passed away at the age of 76 in 2018.

Well, in the meantime, many people wonder to know is Kecalf also determined to be a singer like his mother? We will explain his professional endeavors in the following article!

In addition, let’s find out if Kecalf is married? Who is his wife? Here is a detailed account of his professional and personal life. Let’s begin!

How Old is Kecalf Cunningham? His Ethnicity

He is aged 51 as of 2021. Born on March 28, 1970, in the United States of America, Kecalf is an American as per his nationality and is of the Afro-American ethnicity.

Who is Kecalf Cunningham Father? Details on His Parents

Cunningham’s father’s name is Ken Cunningham (aka Ken E. Cunningham). He once worked for Kecalf as a road manager. Besides, as for Kecalf’s parents’ love affair, the former flames dated between 1968 and 1976. Although the two were in a relationship for a long period, they never turned their relationship into marriage.

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Kecalf and his late mother Aretha.
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Soon after their split, Franklin married Glynn Turman in 1978. However, their relationship also dissolved after six-year of marriage in 1984.

His Siblings: Franklin Gave Birth To Her First Baby at 12

Kecalf has three half-brothers from her mother’s past relationships. He has two brothers named Clarence and Edward Derone Franklin from her mother’s relationship with Edward Jordan. His mom was only 12 when the Detroit native gave birth to her first baby boy. Furthermore, Kecalf also has a half-sibling named Ted White Jr. from his mother’s marriage with Theodore “Ted” White.

How His Mother Franklin Died?

Back on 18th August 2018, the whole music world lost the diamond. Franklin died at the age of 76. Her long-time pancreatic cancer battle was the cause of her death. Numerous world’s recognized personalities including former US President Barack Obama and more paid their heartfelt tribute to the late singer. As for her memorial service, the event took place at New Bethel Baptist Church on 19th August.

On the same day Aretha left this world, her granddaughter Victorie Franklin took to Twitter to share her sadness,

“I have many memories of me coming into her home and she would be playing the piano and singing. Words can’t describe the pain I’m feeling, but God is telling me that she is at peace. Today we lost an icon, a legend, but today I lost my grandma. I love u and imma make u proud ?”

Kecalf often shares her late mother’s photos in her memory.

Is Kecalf Cunningham also a Singer? His Career in Detail

Yes, Cunningham has followed the same career path as her mother. He is a Christian rapper who had shared the stage numerous times with his mom. The most notable performance the mother-and-son did was at Radio City Music Hall. The New York Times wrote,

“Kecalf Cunningham, a Christian rapper, who came with a backpack, a hoodie and some cheap-sounding recorded tracks. After what felt like ages, it was a relief to have Ms. Franklin return, energies renewed, to belt out “Chain of Fools.”

Furthermore, the last time Kecalf performed with his mom was at Aretha Franklin Way, the street renamed in Franklin’s honor in 2017.

His love for music emerged too early. Back in 1995, the legendary artist told The Katz Tapes that her youngest son, “Kecalf is a hip-hopper and a rapper.” She added,

“And my other son, Teddy, plays guitar. He plays in my band and he’s been doing some things lately with some musicians over in London. He sings, too, and he’s looking for his own record deal.”

In addition, Kecalf is also described as “Shaquille O’Neal” of Christian rap by some online tabloids. His lyrics often feature the stories of the bible.

Kecalf Cunningham Married Life With His Wife Kafi Franklin

The Christian rapper has been leading a blissful married life with his spouse Kafi for a long time now. But, the duo, who has shared several years together is still quite confidential about their marriage. They have neither revealed their wedding date nor they have posted much about themselves on their social media handles.

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Kecalf’s spouse Kafi.
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Besides, Kecalf Cunningham’s wife is now self-employed. She went to Baker College to study business and accounting.

How Many Children Does Kecalf Cunningham Have?

Kecalf and his long-time spouse Kafi are the proud parents of three kids. The enduring duo has two daughters, Victorie and Grace Franklin. Both of them attended the same high school, Bloomfield Hills High School. There, Victorie also played basketball.

Besides, they have another child, a son named Jordan (better known as Jonah), born in October 1994.

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Kecalf’s daughter and his wife.
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Like Kecalf’s immense love for music, all of his children are also followed in their father’s footsteps. His older daughter Victorie who currently studies at Howard University is a singer and pianist. She had also shared a few stage credits with her late grandmother.


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What is Kecalf Cunningham Net Worth?

Cunningham has an estimated net worth of $2 million as of 2021. He has racked such a good amount of money from his music career. On the other hand, his late superstar mother Aretha’s fortune was $80 million at the time of her demise.