About Francesca de Valence
Francesca de Valence is an artist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, educator, inspirer and social entrepreneur. She has been acknowledged by the Los Angeles Music Awards with an International Songwriter of the Year Award and nationally with an Australian Songwriting Award, has supported artists including Jimmy Webb, Belinda Carlisle and The Manhattan Transfer and her music can be heard on ABC radio around the country.
Pursued by an overwhelming desire to nurture creative expression and foster a deep sense of belonging in all individuals, Francesca founded the global digital phenomenon I Heart Songwriting Club in 2014, an online community that inspires, supports and challenges songwriters as they develop and hone their skills in a safe and supportive environment. Through this social enterprise, Francesca is a 'spiritual midwife' for over 5000 new songs around the world.
Francesca teaches at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University and presents at national conferences in both songwriting and contemporary singing. She is an active youth songwriting mentor, and facilitates local community songwriting projects for emerging artists as well as disadvantaged sectors of the community.
An ‘uplifting, enlightening, and empowering’ force in the Australian music industry, Francesca de Valence is a musician with a mission. Lend her your ear and she will give you her heart.
Francesca de Valence is infatuated with self-expression. Her songs are unabashed and unapologetic, uncovering the powers needed to live her magnificent life.
The image of a glasses-wearing 10-year-old Francesca performing a Bach violin sonata for her whole school seems odd against her memory of not having enough money for butter on her vegemite sandwiches. Her parents had spent their bread not on butter but on a formalised, even dogmatic music education. Perhaps her immigrant parents’ approach to child rearing is not surprising given a not-so-distant relative had penned the national anthem for their home country Mauritius. Always curious, Francesca insisted and succeeded in applying for a music scholarship at a high school on the other side of the highway where the parents had shiny cars and the school lawn was always green, even in the harshest Brisbane summer.
But just as she was taking the early steps towards her dream of a magnificent life, Francesca was in a car accident on the way to her 16th birthday party, which left her homebound for three months. She spent these months impressing her first boyfriend by transcribing jazz improvisations and learning to play her parents’ entire CD collection on piano. Her singer-songwriter apprenticeship started out at a fancy-schmancy city piano bar performing the music of her idols Stevie, Paul, Billy and Carole where her mum patiently waited in the corner ‘til eleven o’clock to drive her home. Francesca spent the next 10 years travelling the world playing in hotel lobbies ritzier than the Grand Budapest Hotel and sharing stadium stages with one-named acts. Over the years, there were many failed attempts to escape her dream of being an original artist, but one gig changed it all. Singing back-up for Michael Bublé inspired her to tell her own story. She handed him a demo of originals and for good measure autographed it: “Good luck with your future career, Love Fran xo”
Since 2008, Francesca has navigated her path as an independent artist with four releases winning quite a few songwriting awards including a Los Angeles Music Award and an Australian Songwriting Award, and supporting international touring artists including Belinda Carlisle and The Manhattan Transfer. She shares her love of creative expression with aspiring artists in her teaching job at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. In 2014 she founded the I Heart Songwriting Club, a nurturing platform for songwriters from around the world to write to a theme in one hour each week. Seven of Francesca’s songs from this songwriting club feature on her new album Own Self.
Heart-breakingly beautiful vocals, joyful hooks, painted string arrangements and the wizardry of five-time ARIA winning producer Paul McKercher musically enrich Francesca’s Own Self.
Francesca goes against rules she didn’t realise were there. She shapes her life but sometimes falls. She shows her confident and beautiful adult self. She freely loves without limits. She learns new things she never thought possible. This is her Own Self. This is her magnificent life.
"She's not just a positive presence in the industry, but a creative juggernaut to keep an eye on...this is just the beginning of Francesca de Valence's ascent to the Australian pop throne" (Music is my Muse)
"The gifts offered up to the world by Francesca are a kind of soul-honey" (Aphra Magazine)
“Australia's answer to Carole King" (Star Mail)
"There are some gorgeous echoes of the lady at the piano, pop/folk goddesses of the '70s, but there's nothing recycled in her lyrics or in her approach to songwriting" (Warp Magazine)Contact Francesca