Kecalf Cunningham – ‘The Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin’s Son

By Venom
Published on January 5, 2022, Updated on January 5, 2022

Kecalf Cunningham is a well-known American celebrity son who also happens to be a Christian rapper and hip-hop musician. He is most known as the youngest son of Aretha Franklin, the world-famous singer, songwriter, and pianist. He initially came to prominence when he accompanied his mother to a Radio City Music Hall event in 2008.

Continue reading to learn more about Aretha Franklin’s youngest son, Kecalf.

Kecalf Cunningham’s Short Bio

Cunningham is the son of Aretha Franklin, one of the most prominent musicians of the 1960s, and Ken Cunningham (aka Ken E. Cunningham), a former tour manager for Kecalf. He was born on March 28, 1970, in the States.

  • Age & Horoscope

He is 51 years old and was born under the sun sign Aries.

  • Why He Was Named Kecalf

Kecalf’s name was derived from the initial letters of his parents’ names, Ken E. Cunningham Aretha Louise Franklin.

  • Ethnicity & Nationality

His ethnicity is Afro-American, and his nationality is American.

  • Height

Cunningham isn’t very tall, standing somewhere between 5 feet 8 inches to 11 inches tall on average.

  • Siblings

The 51-year-old has three elder half-brothers from his mother’s two previous relationships.

Two of his brothers, Clarence and Edward Derone Franklin, were born from Aretha Franklin’s pre-teen connection with Edward Jordan. When his mother gave birth to her first kid, she was just 12 years old.

His other half-brother named Ted White Jr. is from his mother’s relationship with her then-husband Theodore “Ted” White, who was born in February 1964.

His Parents Relationship

Aretha Franklin and Ken Cunningham initially met in 1969, following Aretha’s divorce from her first husband, Ted White.

Kecalf Cunningham Parents

Aretha Franklin and Ken Cunningham (

Ken was a businessman at the time, and he became Aretha Franklin’s road manager for her 1969 European tour.

Between 1968 to 1976, the ex-couple was in a relationship. But despite their lengthy relationship, they never got married.

Aretha Franklin’s Death

Cunningham’s mother passed away at the age of 76 (i.e., on August 16, 2018). She died of pancreatic cancer, which had been present for a long time.

Kecalf Cunningham mother

Kecalf Cunningham late mother Kecalf Cunningham mother (Photo: AARP)

Her memorial ceremony was held at New Bethel Baptist Church on August 19.

Former US President Barack Obama and human rights activist and preacher Al Sharpton were among those who paid respect to the late legendary musician.

His Time In Jail

Kecalf Cunningham was arrested for drinking and driving a few weeks after the death of his mother. Following the incident on October 27, 2018, Kecalf appeared in court and was handed a sentence of over 93 days in jail.

Kecalf Cunningham jail

Kecalf Cunningham (Photo: Instagram)

Until February 26, 2019, he was imprisoned.

Career & Net Worth

Cunningham got his start in the music industry as a Christian rapper. In his raps, he frequently tells bible stories and shares gospels. In addition, his music has black and white rhythms backed by piano.

His mother was a huge part of his success in the music industry.

Kecalf Cunningham net worth

Kecalf Cunningham (Photo: Instagram)

The majority of this rapper’s net wealth comes from the sales of his albums. As a result, his net worth as a musician is quite low. However, according to sources, his mother left an estimated net worth of $80 million following her death.

Married Life With Kafi Franklin

Cunningham is married to his wife, Kafi Franklin. As per reports, the couple shares five daughters and a son in a decade-long relationship.

Kecalf Cunningham married life, wife

Kecalf Cunningham with his wife and daughter (Photo:

One of their daughters, Victoria Franklin, is a singer and songwriter. According to I Love Old School Music, she paid tribute to her grandmother during the BET Honors ceremony in 2015.

Besides this, details about his married life and children remain confined.

Social Media

  • Instagramkpoint_ | 1,766 posts,  7,009 followers,  6,688 following
  • Aretha Franklin’s Twitter – @ArethaFranklin | 237 Following, 140.9K Followers

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