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Meet Francesca Brown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Francesca Brown.

Francesca, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I suppose I always wanted to be a singer. I can remember being a little girl and constantly singing, which drove my sister crazy.. and probably most people around me too. Once I entered my early twenties I discovered folk music and writers such as Jack Kerouac, that was when I decided I had to write. At the time I wasn’t really sure the formula to make a song, it was terrifying. There were times when I felt like it was impossible, but eventually I started listening to the actual messages in all the music I was listening to and the books I was reading. I jumped in without any real formula at all and have not looked back.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Other than it being super hard to make an actual living as a singer-songwriter, due to the fact that especially in Hollywood it is pay to play… I would have to say my life has never been real well planned out, I kinda raised myself the rest of the way into adulthood; I should have probably finished college but I was too impatient. Being a singer-songwriter usually requires you to be proficient at some kind of instrument as well as singing and writing, and since being in a band didn’t really work out because you have to rely on other people too much, I knew it was finally time to pull up my sleeves and learn guitar. Guitar was something I had always wanted to learn as a child, my mother had gotten me a guitar at the flea market in Hemet when I was about 7, but I never got around to it. Before I could even pick it up my little brother was playing Jimi Hendrix style licks that it sort of fell to the wayside for me. Guitar made me nervous, I grew up around all these male guitar prodigies and just always felt out of place. There are times where I still don’t feel worthy of calling myself a guitar player. Singing and telling stories through song is what fuels me most and the show must go on, so it’s just another anxiety to overcome in the world of baring your soul musically.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I try to write songs that are real in a world where most people put on a front, which makes us all that more distant from one another. It feels good to not forget where I came from and who I am. This is what I hope others can get from my music and maybe inspire them to be their true selves.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I have had many proud moments in my life, but as an independent singer-songwriter I am still waiting for that…

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Jennifer Tanksely Coss on some of the photos

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