When Frances added the finishing touches to ‘Grow’ in her shoebox sized London bedroom she had no idea it would go on to become one of the most cherished new tracks of 2015. Now, with two EP’s on Communion, a debut album in the making, and a memorable live lounge rendition of Justin Bieber’s ‘What Do You Mean’, the songstress is shaping up to become one of the most gifted young singer-songwriters in the UK.
Frances’ soul-bearing vocals stand out as a key component in her sound, and though she is only in her early twenties they carry the depth and complexity of a veteran. But while many of her songs are dreamt up on the piano, and then remain there through to their release, others venture into more electronic climes, thus bringing out more versatile, richer tones in her voice – such as ‘Borrowed Time’ written alongside Howard Lawrence from Disclosure.
Away from her credentials as a vocalist and pianist though, one can’t overlook Frances’ burgeoning talent for pure and direct lyrics that smack you in the solar plexus. The maternal beauty of ‘Grow’ unfolds in such a powerful way that it can be a song for both lovers and loved ones. “My lyrics are close to the heart and honest,” she says. “I can tell if they aren’t honest enough.”
And it’s that vulnerability and open-hearted honesty that has seen Frances make such a strong impact. 2016 has been a landmark year for the young talent that has seen her sweep nominations for both the esteemed Brits Critic’s Choice and BBC Sound of 2016 poll, whilst ‘Don’t worry About Me’ amassed over four million streams on Spotify. All signs are pointing to Frances as the next powerful British solo artist to connect with audiences around the world.