Tell us everything will need to know about you.
My name is Francesca Brown, and I am a singer-songwriter in Los Angeles. I spent half my childhood in southern California and the other in northern Illinois. I always felt like this was a big conflict in my life as a child, when I moved to Illinois everyone looked at me like I was a weird California kid, and when I moved back to California people thought I was a country girl with a strange midwest accent. I now embrace this in myself.
As a child, I was able to listen to whatever I wanted and my mom was always bringing us to see live music, mostly blues.
In my early twenties, I found the folk and old-time country girl in me; I knew that I had to write songs and sing them, something I had always known since childhood, I just didn’t know how to make it happen.
State your favorite genre of music and your reason.
I would sum it up as Americana, it captures blues, country, and folk
Tell us your experience as a musician.
I have been playing in and around Los Angeles for 10 plus years, as a solo artist, with a band, etc…
Tell us the theme of your song.
“West Valley Lullaby” I actually wrote a while ago, after digging through some old memories in my mind. The song was about a time in my life when I was going back to school and my life was at a crossroads. I spent a lot of time driving through the west San Fernando Valley up to my sacred place, Topanga Canyon. I love to write about actual LA locations in my songs, I feel like hearing references to real places makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside, especially when you are a local.
Name the people behind your success and thank them on this platform.
My family!! Ivan Rivera, who plays with me in my new band, The Night Howlers, and who also engineered/played in my latest EP ‘Whiskey Barrel Blues. Steve Valensuela, who engineered and helped to produce my record ‘Collide’.
Tell us about your future goals.
Continue to make music, tour, and get my songs in some awesome new shows on Netflix or HBO!
Go into detail about your opinion on religion and politics.
As for religion … I am not… I am spiritual, I think our earth needs to be valued a bit more than a book or some glowing figure in the sky.
Politics…hmm better not, but let’s just say I am from California and I live in Los Angeles… and I am an artist.
Elaborate on how you think your music is inspiring your fans.
I hope it is inspiring to women especially, to be loud, proud of who they truly are, join other women, be honest with themselves, and not fear the judgment of others.
Explain the changes you have observed so far in the music industry.
The obvious one is the internet and the streaming of music.
I would also say that it just doesn’t seem like people want to go out to see live shows as much, or at least in a casual sense. Also, clubs and venues use artists to make money and often times either do not pay their talent or set impossible standards that a smaller indie artist may not be able to meet. 🙁
State the artists you cherish most and your reason.
Bob Dylan seems to paint a picture with his music, it feels so familiar.
Pete Seeger was truly an activist, he lived to and did change the world, not just musically. He is kinda my Jesus.
Joni is a lot like Bob in a way, she paints these familiar pictures with her songs. I want to curl up and cry and laugh in each one of her songs.
As for Loretta, she is my other half. I appreciate her blunt songwriting, plus she makes me think of my Grandma Gladys and dancing around with her to country music.
Give us the links to your social network and stores.
Elaborate on how you develop your lyrics.
Sometimes something like a phrase just comes to me, and sometimes I start with a guitar riff and it unfolds from there.
Tell us if you enjoy collaborating with other artists or just singing as a solo artist.
I do, I love it! And I am super excited to be playing some of my shows with my new band The Night Howlers.
Brief us your opinion on making music that makes people dance or making the kind of music with a genuine message that inspires them.
Well, I personally can dance to anything depending on my mood and partner. I guess I could say moderation; they both can work on their own or together at times.
Tell us what you know about copyright.
I do it online… It’s important… Do it.
Discuss the impact of a Performing Rights Organization.
Now that we are in the age of the internet and streaming, it seems that there are certain changes finally being recognized and that need to happen and these organizations are helping to pave the way I suppose.
Elaborate on how you develop your melody and instrumentation.
No specific way, it happens either one way or the other… melody first or lyrics first, but mostly they sort of flow out together; or I will get a phrase in my head and the attitude of it will inspire the melody and instrumentation.
Go into detail on the recording process of this song.
Usually, I start with a guitar track, which I oftentimes record in my closet at home, then take that to the studio and add vocals, and from there I add whatever I feel fits and sometimes it unfolds unknowing of what I wanted and other times I know everything I want to include.
Discuss your music performance.
Sometimes it is solo or with another guitarist to add some pizazz, but now I have a trio backing me so that’s pretty cool!
Tell us how you will rate yourself as an artist.
I think I work hard and put my soul into my music, and that has to count for something.. right?