Artist Name: Claire Frances
Song Title: Sea of Stars
Genre: Indie Acoustic
Claire Frances – Sea Of Stars
Fresh from her debut single, folk-pop talent Claire Frances releases her new EP ‘Sea Of Stars’. Punctuated by the heartfelt title track, the EP encompasses a range of emotions and subject matters from the up-beat debut single ‘Stronger Stuff’, through to the more airy and thoughtful track of ‘Lonely Sky’. After a cozy, acoustic launch event showcasing the EP to a supportive London crowd, Claire Frances is now ready to share this personal body of work that encapsulates her stripped-back style, connecting so easily with the listener. All of the tracks were written by Frances, who has been honing in her strong songwriting skills over many years. Her talents culminating in this warm debut project are perfect for the cold winter evenings ahead. Sea of Stars is out now and available on all major platforms.
Explain what has motivated you so far in your music career.
I suppose my motivation has always come from the joy that writing music brings me. Ever since I was a teenager I have used songs to express myself and to store away memories. The fact that I get to share these experiences and emotions with an audience through my songs is amazing. There is nothing sweeter than hearing a stranger tell you that they related to your music, that the lyrics made them laugh or cry. Music has helped me to connect to so many people, all different ages and from various walks of life.
Discuss the story behind the song.
I wanted my debut EP to be an introduction to me as an artist and to contain small glimpses of my musical journey so far. The oldest track on the EP was written almost 10 years ago and the youngest was written just a few months ago! When I was first approached with the idea of recording my own EP, I wondered how on earth I’d pick just a handful of songs from the pages and pages of my lyric books. But each track on the EP signifies an individual step in my musical career to me and in the end; it wasn’t so hard to choose after all. “All the Time in World” was one of the first songs I ever wrote and it’s when the process first started to “click” for me. I wrote “Lonely Sky” a couple of years ago and shared an acoustic version on YouTube, since then it has easily been my most loved song amongst my friends and fans. According to them, not including it on the EP was completely out of the question. “Stronger Stuff” has always been my favorite song to perform live and it is why I was approached to record my EP in the first place. “Sea of Stars” was the break-through song for my most recent episode of writer’s block and I think it best represents my current writing style and musical vision. I’ve spent the last couple of years recording the EP, learning how to work in a studio with my wonderful producer, and discovering my sound beyond just my acoustic guitar and piano.
Tell us the greatest piece of advice someone has given you as an artist.
Never stop writing. Good songs take a lot of hard work and practice and when you’re trapped in writer’s block; it can be hard to remember that.
List your best artists with reasons.
Dire Straits – I was raised listening to all of their albums and “Romeo and Juliet” still makes me cry every time I hear it. I could talk for hours about why they’re one of my favorite bands of all time.
Tom Odell – Tom is one of the most unique and compelling songwriters I have ever heard. The amount and quality of material that he is constantly producing is nothing short of inspiring. Plus, he writes songs that can make me dance around a room, head-bang at my computer, or cry on a sunny day.
Taylor Swift – I never cease to be inspired by Taylor’s skills as a songwriter, performer, and person. She has created such a diverse repertoire and is one of the reasons I picked up a guitar in the first place.
Gabrielle Aplin – Gabrielle is one of the artists I have always felt stylistically similar too and I really love her sound. She has definitely inspired me in my own music over the years and she’s amazing to watch live. I also love her approach to the music industry and being an independent artist.
Discuss your songwriting and recording.
I get asked this question a lot and I feel like my answer changes each time. So far, pretty much every song I’ve ever written was composed on my bedroom floor/bed with my acoustic guitar Amber and one of many notebooks. It usually starts with a lyric or an idea that’s been on my mind. Sometimes songs take many sessions (or years!) to complete, but more often than not, most of a song will spill out in under an hour. I have always entered the studio with completed songs (lyrically) and then I worked with my producer to layer up the sounds and instruments according to the sounds in my head. Some of the instrumental parts and harmonies were worked out in the studio, but I’d decided on most of the elements before we started recording.