Singer-songwriter, Fran Clark, grew up in a music loving family and from an early age was exposed to diverse styles; from Aretha to Jimi Hendrix then back to the vibrations and atmospheres of her Ladbroke Grove childhood via Bob Marley, Ray Charles or Jim Reeves. Diversity being the order of the day, a teenage Fran experimented both vocally and as a songwriter whilst performing with soul, rock, pop and blues musicians. It was her father's love for Nat King Cole that led her to explore singers such as Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan and further, the compositions of Gershwin, Cole Porter and Rodgers & Hart. As for contemporary heroes, she will name Stevie Wonder and Anita Baker as her favourite singer-songwriters, with Dianne Reeves recognized as her all-time heroine as a vocalist. Her professional singing career has been spent performing live on stage both at home and abroad. She has also shown her quality and technique in studio session work for industry producers, writers and artists including Matt Bianco and appears on commercial recordings with Oliver Cheatham (Be Thankful For What You've Got) and Adonte (Dreams). Her debut album "To Fly" is an eclectic collection of 11 original compositions with modern song structures placed over chord progressions and rhythms typically found in jazz, sometimes adding a Latin feel or soul groove. All of this complemented by a smooth, rich voice whose simple clarity aptly conveys true emotions and real life experiences. The album was recorded and engineered by husband Pete Clark with whom she arranged and co-produced each number, two of which have received airplay on BFBS Radio 1. Fran is currently performing both her original material and jazz standards to London audiences. She performs her repertoire as a duo or up to a 6 piece band and continues to work toward the completion of her second album.
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