Francesca Blanchard at WFUV On Your Radar Showcase @ Rockwood in New York, NY

When: Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 12:00 PM
Francesca recalls her Mediterranean childhood as one of bare feet on terra cotta tiles, fuchsia sunsets, fresh mistral breezes, the aroma of lavender and evening cricket choirs. La vie douce (“the sweet life”) aptly describes the rhythm and rhyme of those early years, where extended sojourns to a family cabin in the Alps further nourished a love of wild, open spaces and the solitary peace of simple living in the heart of a family that was anything but conventional.
Born of two cultures, Francesca not only brings her two languages to her songs, but a deep sensitivity for the universal qualities of music. Whether or not you understand the language in which she sings, there is something else being communicated, something only the language of music can convey. Raised by the voices of Tracy Chapman, Eva Cassidy, Françoise Hardy and Nora Jones (among others), Francesca has always felt a strong connection to deeply intimate female vocals, ("the ones that speak for themselves", as Blanchard puts it). Notable performances include opening for Suzanne Vega and Joan Armatrading, along with performing at Les FrancoFolies de Montréal in 2013.
Following her 2011 six-track EP, Blanchard released an extended EP in 2014 with three additional demo tracks. She recorded her first full-length album of original songs (six in English, six in French) in the summer of 2014 after raising over $25,000 on Indiegogo.
Pouring her heart into delicate melodies written for the acoustic guitar, Blanchard’s debut album deux visions was released on October 2, 2015. It was produced by Chris Velan (Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars), mixed by acclaimed Montreal producer Jean Massicotte (Lhasa, Patrick Watson, Arthur H, Jorane) and mastered at the prestigious Metropolis Studios in London. The album reflects Francesca’s travels, both physical and emotional, with influences ranging from Norah Jones and Carla Bruni to Eva Cassidy and Françoise Hardy.


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