It's raining. And I'm listening to Francesca Blanchard's song "Sleep" while prepping her interview for today's blog post. And AGAIN, I'm blown away by her talent. This singer/songwriter, who's traveled the world alongside her humanitarian parents, weaves her unique and dreamy perspective into the threads of her music. Her sound is fresh and soothing and melodic. It's storytelling at its finest. Francesca's future in music or theatre arts, her other passion, is wide open, and I look forward to watching her career unfold and her star continue to rise.
What is your name?
Describe your music style to our readers.
My music style as of now focuses heavily on harmonies and instrumentation; one could say it's poppy, but I much prefer singer-songwriter or folk. My musical inspirations include Tracy Chapman, Eva Cassidy, Norah Jones and Diana Krall, all of whom have very unique sounds.
What is your musical background?
I've been singing since before I can remember. I attended chorus classes as a child growing up in France, and upon moving to the states when I was ten I started performing in middle school musicals and singing in accapella choirs. In high school I performed in the Fall musicals, was the vocalist for the school Jazz band and sang with the all-female accapella ensemble. I started playing guitar when I was fourteen, and haven't stopped since!
Your childhood was interesting having lived all over the world Please tell our readers about this. How has this shaped your music?
Traveling with my family, if anything, has made me more aware and more open. I've gained a maturity about the world from a very young age; how that has affected my music and my artistry, Im not sure. I can only assume that because of this knowledge, I am somehow a deeper person with more access to my doubts and vulnerabilities (which are the core of any good art).
You're currently at Boston University majoring in Theater Arts. What are you most passionate about, making music or theater and why?
I am passionate about storytelling. I get this question a lot, and while it's easier for me to say I prefer music over theatre (because the setting in which I make music is one of non-academic expectation; Im not schooled in the art), I have to say both, just as equally. Both art forms bring me immense pleasure and liberation; I couldn't choose one over the other. I think my greatest challenge as an artist is to figure out how to tastefully blend the two, have them coexist.
What is your songwriting process?
It varies. Sometimes I'll fall upon a song while playing around on the guitar and a tune will start to form, or there are times when I'll be driving or doing homework and all of a sudden a song will come to me, a melody to which I need to find the right words. I remember very clearly how my song Sleep came about; I was driving home from seeing a boy I was very much infatuated with, and as I was driving this melody came to me and I just had to start singing words. I surprised myself by what I was saying; the words I was singing were things I didn't know I was feeling at the moment or hadn't found the right way to articulate. I guess that's when the best songs are written, when I've something so dire that needs to be communicated but can't find the words. A song, somehow, does the trick. Long story short, however, I am still figuring out what my process as a songwriter is, and I don't plan to have a system down any time soon!
What are 3 things most people don't know about you?
I have two adopted siblings and an older half-sister, I was born in Grasse, France, and I have a slight lisp.
What are your goals for the upcoming year?
Get my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts and begin a journey of full, 100% commitment to myself and my music!
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