He sings, he dances, he writes, he serves some serious looks, and he’s here to remind you that anything is possible. Our New Celebrity is a talented performer who began his journey as a dancer and transitioned into a recording artist and musician. Carl Franklin, known by his followers as FurilloStar, has been steadily gaining recognition as a Pop/R&B artist. His most recent successes include being nominated for numerous awards, landing on the radio, and even scoring #7 on the iTunes R&B charts. He has released multiple EP’s, singles, and his first full-length album is set to be released this summer. Keep reading to find out more about FurilloStar and the plans he has for his music and style!
“When I was younger, I wasn’t like ‘I want to be a singer or dancer’, specifically. I just knew I wanted to be a star.” From a young age, FurilloStar always knew that he was destined for greatness. He envisioned his success early and even joined a boyband at the age of 13. Coming from a musical family and looking up to idols like Usher, Janet Jackson, and Justin Timberlake, his passion was ignited. He started his career performing as a back-up dancer and quickly realized that there was nothing else he would ever want to do with his life. “I don’t even really know how to do anything else.” After coming to this realization, he knew a huge change needed to be made to accomplish his goals. The Michigan-based influencer bravely quit his day job in 2015 to pursue his love for music and entertainment full-time. He knew if he wanted to make music independently, sacrifices would need to be made, his 9-to-5 job being one of them. “It was scary because I thought, ‘I don’t know how I’m going to make money, I don’t know how I’m going to pay bills… but I’ll figure it out.’ And I have to say, it felt so good to solely focus on building my brand and being creative and not having to worry about not being able to make music because of work.” His dedication and perseverance allowed him to make money and ultimately survive by making music that everyone can listen to.
Growing up he always identified with being queer and intends to make music that caters to everyone. To celebrate June 1st, the first day of Pride month, FurilloStar is releasing his new single “Runaway” as an ode to his “tribe“, the LGBTQ community. FurilloStar writes, “To all the queer boys,” for his song “Runaway” where he tells the story of forbidden love. For a long time, FurilloStar believed that his sexuality would hinder his ability to make a name for himself in the entertainment industry. “One of the things that I am a huge advocate for is following your dreams no matter who you are. I really want to let queer little boys know that. I don’t want any other queer little boy feeling how I felt.” He aims to prove to others that anyone, no matter their shape, size, or color can make their dreams come true. The possibilities are endless when you have a passion for what you do and FurilloStar is a perfect example of this. He has many plans for his career and we know one thing is for sure, his future is bright. He plans to take his music internationally, touring around the world and releasing multiple albums. He also wants to tap into acting and maybe even start his own entertainment company where he will sign talented artists and introduce them to the industry. “I want to help them and guide them with the knowledge that I’ve learned. I’ve learned a lot from trial and error and that’s cool, but I feel like once you get it you should be able to help somebody else so they don’t have to have so many errors.”
In a world full of doubters and haters, FurilloStar manages to remain positive and confident with the help of his amazing support system. “Everyone around me is so supportive of me. I’ve been doing this for so long that all of my friends and family know that this is my life and it’s what I want to do and am going to do.” Among his supporters are his roommate and best friend who helps co-manage and co-write, and his family who have shown him that no matter what your circumstances are if you work really hard you can make anything happen.
FurilloStar’s vibrant Instagram feed will give you a crash course in how to mix contemporary pieces with all the great throwback trends from the early 2000s. He seamlessly combines old-school vibes with a modern twist and can be instantly recognized for his photos that deliver on style and saturation with a psychedelic flair. You can often catch him in a colorful utility vest, wearing a pair of Jordan 1’s, which he says is the key to any good outfit. “You can put on joggers and a t-shirt, but as long as your shoes are fly, your kicks are poppin’, it brings the whole outfit together.” FurilloStar pulls inspiration for his looks from his favorite fashion icons including; Rihanna, Teyana Taylor, and Lil Nas X. To achieve these trendy looks, he often shops at BooHoo Men, Shein, and ASOS.
If there is one thing FurilloStar wants up-and-coming influencers to know, it is the importance of finding your niche. The beauty of social media is that you are able to find like-minded individuals who share similar goals and hopes for the future. “Focus on finding your ‘tribe’ and don’t let people make you feel like you’re not special, because you are so special.” In tomorrow’s article, check out what strategies FurilloStar has taken to boost his music using social media! You won’t want to miss his advice.