Ex-Destiny's Child Member Recording Solo Album

Farrah Franklin working on disc with Method Man, Next's R.L.

Ex-Destiny's Child member Farrah Franklin believes her true destiny lies in a solo career, and with help from the likes of Method Man and Next's R.L, she's recording demos in Los Angeles.

Franklin's solo debut, she said, will be a far cry from her former group, both musically and lyrically.

"There's definitely no male bashing," Franklin said Wednesday. "A lot of my songs give the guys props, because there's really no singers out there saying what the guys have done good for the ladies, and what we like about them instead of what we don't like. It has a playful but sexy appeal to the songs."

The singer has about seven songs in the can, all of which she has co-written. Method Man lent her a hand on an uptempo track called "Come With Me."

"He was real hype to do a song," she said. "He was like, 'Yo, I want to see you succeed, and whatever I can do to help you, I'm gonna do that.' He's so full of energy — he's just crazy."

Franklin left a group called Jyne Doe to join Destiny's Child in February 2000 but lasted just five months in the multiplatinum act. She and Michelle Williams replaced original members LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson, who have since gone on to form a group called Angel.

"There was a lot of negativity in the group, and I was unhappy. ... I felt like I had no say in which way my career was going, and I lost my identity," Franklin said.

Lead singer Beyoncé Knowles has said that Franklin and the other group members agreed to part ways after she missed several gigs and promotional appearances.

Franklin said that after leaving Destiny's Child, she wasn't sure if she wanted to continue in music.

"I was thinking about acting and not really singing anymore, because there was so much drama I went through," she said. "Marlon Wayans, who's actually a really good friend of mine, and I sat down and talked one day, and he said, 'That's your first love — and you need to follow your heart.' ... If I hadn't started singing I'd have been miserable."

Franklin said she has no hard feelings about her falling-out with Destiny's Child and is grateful for the experience of performing in the group. "I know I made the right decision [to leave]," she said.

Franklin also says she has movie plans in the works, as well as a calendar and possibly a book.