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INTERVIEW: Olivia Frances

Hi Olivia, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been well, thank you! Thanks for chatting with me.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “It Just Takes One”?

Yes! I regularly co-write over Skype with my friend from Kansas City, Michael Astrachan. We co-wrote “It Just Takes One” together last fall and I recently released it in support of this year’s National Random Acts of Kindness Week, February 11-17.

RAK Week is sponsored by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation whose goal is to provide tools and programs to promote kindness in communities and schools throughout the world. To learn more visit: https://www.randomactsofkindness.org.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Michael and I both like to stay positive. “It Just Takes One” promotes making the world a better place through positivity and kindness. Once it was written, Michael had the idea to reach out to the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation because he saw their theme for RAK Week was “Kindness Takes One.” They kindly wrote back and said that they loved it! I am grateful for them sharing our song on their Facebook page.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

No, not at this time but maybe later down the line!

How was the writing and recording process?

When I write songs, sometimes I start with the lyrics or the melody, but usually I start with a title. This helps me focus on what the main idea is of the song. Michael was the one who threw out the title idea of “It Just Takes One” and I loved it. I started strumming on my ukulele and from there we wrote the first verse pretty quickly. Then, moved on to the chorus, second verse, and bridge.

I recorded “It Just Takes One” at Riverfront Recording Studios with Pat Lassiter in Nashville, TN. I’m grateful to have hadthese super talented musicians play on it including: Mike Durham (guitar), Mike Homes (piano), William Ellis (drums), and Pat Lassiter (bass). When I work with Pat, the recording process is always fun! I had a great time singing and playing ukulele on the track.

What role does Cincinnati play in your music?

That’s a great question! Although I’ve lived in Nashville and am currently based in Massachusetts for college, I’m a Midwestern girl at heart. I will always be thankful for the music opportunities (performances, open mic nights, songwriting critique nights, etc.) that Cincinnati offered when I was a pre-teen first starting out. Although I’m not there nearly as much now, I love going back and seeing it evolve and grow as a place.

How has Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles influence your writing?

I have loved both of these artists ever since they broke out in music. Their clever lyric writing and captivating melodic melodies have influenced me as a writer. In the 7th grade talent show, I sang “Love Song” by Sara Bareillies. I regularly cover “The Way I Am” by Ingrid Michaelson at shows today.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?

Yes, it’s coming along slowly but surely. I co-write and write so often, I have so much material now; it’s been difficult to decide what to and what not to record. Also, it’s been difficult with my schoolwork to find time to get down to Nashville to record more. But, have no fear! My next album is definitely in the works.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Not quite yet.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! I’ll definitely be going on tour this summer so keep your eyes open! Stay tuned.

What else is happening next in Olivia Frances’ world?

I’m almost finished with my junior year of college (yay but also sad face)! So, I’m balancing being a full-time student with music. I’m playing a bunch of shows this month including three this weekend (show schedule below). Also, I’m excited to share that “Moon to My Sun,” my single released in December, is the FAN Nominee in the Love Song Category at the 16th Annual Independent Music Awards! I’m looking forward to attend the awards ceremony at Lincoln Center on March 30th!

3/09/18 – Worcester, MA @ Franks, 8pm
3/09/18 – Putnam, CT @ Victoria Station Cafe, 8pm
3/10/18 – Mansfield, MA @ MMAS Arts Center at Great Woods, 7:30pm
3/20/18 – Cambridge MA @ Tavern at the End of the World, 9pm
4/05/18 – Worcester, MA @ Ralph’s Diner, 8pm

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