FRESH: ‘In My Way’ – Frannie B

Frannie B says you’re “In My Way”!

Beyond the simple pleasures of enjoying music there is an elusive quality about the art-form that is hard to pinpoint. It might be that music affords some of us the ability to be open and vulnerable; to be able to lose oneself while simultaneously being completely in the moment. For Frannie B, music’s always been just that, a safe space where she can truly express the inner workings of her mind, a place where she can be free.

Her new single, “In My Way”, is out now and it’s well worth checking out. The follow up to “Fearless”, “In My Way” is brashy but gentle with it as it sweeps and sways throughout its short two and a half minute length. Frannie debut backed in 2017 with “We Can Find A Way” and has been prolific ever since. Her output this year already encompasses the new single, “Fearless” and “Monsters”.

It is through her brand of modern Pop that Frannie B seeks to replicate that same magical feeling for others, leaving a radiating glow on each and every listener that her music touches.Stylistically, Frannie B draws from a plethora of artists in the Pop ecosphere. From the big Pop hooks of Rita Ora, to the darker shades of Dua Lipa, and even lashings of RnB stylings ala Kehlani thrown in for good measure, Frannie B’s music is as dynamic as it is diverse.

Sonically, her music could be described as a melting pot of soulful and gentle vocal lines colliding with an ocean of digital sounds.Her music has risen to critical acclaim in a short amount of time, with praise received from notable artists including Sinead Harnett and Anne Marie, as well as a whole host of press mentions. Additionally, Frannie B has landed consistent airplay multiple times on BBC Radio, BBC Upload and BBC Bristol to name just a few.

In 2018, she wrapped up her first UK tour, playing everywhere from smaller local shows to support slots at the revered O2 Academy 2 in Islington. Notably, she also performed to the Mayor of Oxford and at The Brixton Jamm. Outside of her own music, Frannie B also lends her vocal talents to established artists in the music industry, including alt rock sensation Supergrass, and has shared the stage with Charlie Dore and Jessie J.

For more about Frannie B, check out her WEBSITE and her FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!