Frances release her sophomore album, Wonder. Consisting of eight tracks written, produced and performed entirely by the songstress, this triumphant album certainly proves Frances’ pop star prowess goes further than just her singing abilities. Frances has explained, “Wonder is the album I’ve always wanted to make but never knew how, until now. Writing and producing it myself and having that singular vision has been the most important part of the whole thing. It wasn’t made in an expensive studio, it was all made and recorded in my home and those circumstances allowed me to be totally fearless. It’s literally me, wrapped up in a body of work and that makes it scary but so special to release.” Wonder is available to stream/download now, here.
Alongside this highly-anticipated album release, Frances has also revealed the heart-warming animated video for single, Other Side Of The World. Created by Rachael Olga Lloyd, it sees two rather lonely characters clearly longing for one another in houses on opposite ends of their little world. Rachael has said of her thought process and the concept, “The song is predominately about a relationship, but I think it also reflects how we all feel dealing with lockdown at the moment. This powerless feeling of not being able to see your loved ones even if they are living next door. Many people are feeling isolated and claustrophobic staying in their homes. I wanted to visualise these feelings in this film with a house that grows smaller while plants grow wild outside, and a couple who seem to occupy different spaces but could be in one.” This animated video is part of a bigger series, which will be revealed soon. Watch the video for Other Side Of The World, here.
Frances has recently launched series 2 of her podcast, ‘Ditty In A Dash’. It consists of Frances joining forces with some of her close artist friends, and writing part of a song in just 15 minutes. Latest episodes feature Nina Nesbitt, Violet Skies and Lauren Aquilina, and can all be heard here. Last year, Frances joined hit-maker MNEK, Ella Eyre and Becky Hill on a podcast episode of BBC’s Music Life, titled ‘The Science Behind The Perfect Hit’. Listen here.
2016 saw Frances score nominations for both the BRITS Critics’ Choice Award and the BBC Sound Of poll. With these prestigious accolades under her belt, Frances released her highly-esteemed debut album, Things I’ve Never Said which earned her critical acclaim, and has racked up over a whopping 100 million streams on Spotify alone. In the years following the release of Things I’ve Never Said, Frances found herself penning tracks for some of the world’s biggest acts in music, including Dua Lipa, Katy Perry, Jess Glynne and Meghan Trainor to name a few. More recently, Frances wrote the song Fall which appears on SG Lewis’s debut album times, and was at the top of Spotify’s New Music Friday UK playlist (781k followers) upon its release. The singer-songwriter also features on track Heartbreak On The Dancefloor, which Frances co-wrote with SG Lewis.