French-American singer-songwriter Francesca Blanchard was selected Best Vocalist of 2015 by Vermont weekly Seven Days who hailed her as "a profound, mature talent” who "displays guile and artistic sensitivity that would be the envy of many tunesmiths twice her age. She may be young, but she has an old soul.” (Seven Days)
Born and raised in France, Francesca traveled the globe with her family before settling in the small town of Charlotte in beautiful rural Vermont. Her intimate music, sung in French and English, reflects on her travels, both physical and emotional, and reflects influences ranging from Norah Jones and Carla Bruni to Eva Cassidy and Francoise Hardy.
Francesca has opened for Joan Armatrading, Suzanne Vega, Yuna, Lissie, Caravan Palace and others and performed at the prestigious Francofolies Festival in Montreal in 2013 and 2015. Francesca's rendition of the classic French song “Sous Le Ciel de Paris” was featured on the Putumayo collection Vintage France and her recording of "Petit Papa Noel" appeared on Putumayo’s recent French Christmas collection.
Francesca's first full-length album, Deux Visions, was released on October 2, 2015. It was produced by Montreal singer-songwriter Chris Velan (Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars), mixed by acclaimed producer Jean Massicotte (Lhasa, Patrick Watson, Arthur H, Jorane) and mastered at the prestigious Metropolis Studios in London.
"Maria" is a song I wrote for a benefit concert for Puerto Rico and the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria. It is a love song, written from the point of view of an island, to a woman named Maria." - Francesca
"Free" was written while I was sitting on my dad's back porch in Miami, staring out at one of the most beautiful sunsets I'd ever seen. I thought of what it would be like to witness that kind of spectacle every day, no matter the season...how liberating it would feel to be constantly reminded of how small we are in relation to everything else. And be OK with that."
The new single from singer-songwriter Francesca Blanchard addresses the emotion and challenges of love.
The title of Francesca Blanchard’s first full-length record, deux visions, speaks volumes in its own right, hinting at the richness of the music the album contains. It encapsulates the singer-songwriter’s dual identity on several levels: one word in French and the other in English, together meaning “two visions” and together enunciating the sound of the word “divisions.”