When Olivia Frances walks on stage, her infectious energy and powerful stage presence captures a room. Orchid, her latest bouquet of songs and stories, was described by the Worcester Telegram & Gazette as “irrepressibly sweet — and eminently likable.” When National Indie Radio released their list of ‘Best Songs of 2019,” they included Olivia’s fresh and folky “Once in A Blue Moon.” Blending nature-inspired lyrics with ethereal vocals and organic guitar picking, Frances’s unique “sunshine-story-pop” sound is a flowery mix of Colbie Caillat’s catchy acoustic melodies, Joni Mitchell’s unique vocal arrangements, and Florence and the Machine’s energetic, emotive performance.
The Nashville Songwriter Association International (NSAI) has named this Cincinnati native as a “One’s to Watch” songwriter over a dozen times. Her songs have reached over 100,000 streams on SoundCloud, generating a loyal fanbase around the world. Olivia’s critically-acclaimed single, “Moon to My Sun” was the VOX Pop Winner in the Love Song Category at the 2018 Independent Music Awards (IMA’s) held at Lincoln Center. The IMA’s “honor the year’s most exceptional self-released & indie label projects from around the world.” She also won 1st place in the Singer-Songwriter Category in the 2018 New England Songwriting Competition. For a full list of awards Olivia has won, click here.
As an independent artist, Frances has organized several tours throughout the Midwest, the South, and the East Coast, impressing audiences from Nashville to Boston. In 2018, she was one of the few American artists selected to perform at IndieWeek Canada in Toronto, where she made her international debut.
This songbird has written and co-written over 300 songs with hit writers such as Billy Lee (“The One” by Gary Allan), Kevin So (“Crush On You” by India Arie), and Matt Stell (“Prayed for You”). Orchid was produced at Riverfront Recording Studio by distinguished musician and producer Pat Lassiter, who has been referred to as the Max Martin of Nashville. Musical from a young age, Frances started playing piano at age six and composed her first song on guitar at age twelve. She took a gap year between high school and college in Nashville to hone her craft and further develop her musical style. Frances credits Fleetwood Mac, Bon Iver, and Kacey Musgraves as musical inspirations.
Last Spring, Olivia graduated summa cum laude from Clark University in Worcester, MA with a major in Global Environmental Studies and a minor in Music. Her “Orchid Summer Tour” ended in Nashville, which she now calls home once again. Her fans, affectionately referred to as “Frances Friends,” and new listeners alike, can keep up with Olivia’s upcoming shows and news at www.oliviafrancesmusic.com.