Francesca Blanchard

  1. From the album "deux visions" by Francesca Blanchard, out now on vis-à-vis records.

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    "I wrote “Wanderer” during the summer after my freshman year of college in Boston. It was a new and foreign place for me, and the big city made me feel small. When I chose to make a video, I knew I wanted it to be in an urban setting. I knew I wanted motion, something with tension and release. The final aesthetic came about collaboratively with my team: lights, dancers, a stairwell, a rooftop and the New York cityscape.

    "This song is about a wanderer (me), searching through life for a home. This is the catalyst song for all my years of having to adjust to different cultures and surroundings, of suffering depression through college, of searching for love...It is the little bohemian ode to my wandering soul, my overly sensitive and melancholic self. It is dramatic, but I’m an actress ☺

    "It’s another 6/8 song, a bit of a waltz. It swings and swirls, yet stays to the steady stomping of the beat. This song has followed me through the last five years and can fit any scenario in my life. It is the truest representation of ME in a song."

    --- Francesca

    Video shot by Maggie Kimball and Elizabeth Stellmeyer
    Edited by Maggie Kimball
    Dancers: Alex Mandell and Kolyn Brown
    PA: Carolyn Gilliam
    Makeup & Hair: Toby Klinger

    Words & Music by Francesca Blanchard (BMI)

    Guitar & Banjo: Chris Velan / Drums: Caleb Bronze / Bass: Rob Morse / Accordion: Tom Cleary
    Backing Vocals: Gregory Douglass, Francesca Blanchard, Chris Velan & Jacob Edgar

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  2. From the album "deux visions" by Francesca Blanchard, out now on vis-à-vis records.

    ORDER THE ALBUM "DEUX VISIONS":
    Artist Store: francescablanchard.bandcamp.com
    iTunes: apple.co/1KHXXoA
    Amazon: amzn.to/1UdyoRm

    OFFICIAL WEBSITE: francescablanchard.com
    FACEBOOK: facebook.com/francescablan...
    TWITTER: twitter.com/cheskablanch
    EMAIL LIST SIGNUP: eepurl.com/OnQOb

    Francesca Blanchard has been called a "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, Caravan Palace, the Parkington Sisters, Joseph and performed at the prestigious Francofolies Festival in Montreal in 2013. 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.

    LYRICS IN FRENCH
    Rame, rame, rame, mon âme
    L’océan est troublé
    Rame, rame, rame, mon âme
    Côte en face hors vue

    L’orage se rapproche
    Si je l’avais su
    Si je l’avais su
    Pensées noires s’accrochent
    Je n’aurais jamais cru
    Je n’aurais jamais cru

    Mais tout n’est pas perdu, non
    Tout n’est pas perdu

    Rame, rame, rame, mon âme
    L’océan est troublé
    Rame, rame, rame, mon âme
    Côte en face hors vue

    Je navigue aveugle
    Mon bateau prend de l’eau
    Bateau prend de l’eau
    Mais quelque chose me souffle
    Que demain il fera beau
    Demain il fera beau
    Tout n’est pas perdu
    Tout n’est pas perdu

    C’est pas que j’suis dur
    Mon esprit reste un mystère
    Mais j’entends le souffle
    Quand les vagues me lancent en mer

    Rame, rame, rame, mon âme
    L’océan est troublé
    Rame, rame, rame, mon âme
    Côte en face hors vu
    Rame, rame, rame, mon âme
    Douleurs redoublées
    Rame, rame, rame, mon âme
    Compas marche plus

    Oublies un peu les doutes
    Domines un peu les peurs
    Tu connais bien la route
    Caché au fond de ton cœur

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    LYRICS IN ENGLISH
    Row, row, row my soul
    The ocean is so troubled
    Row, row, row my soul
    The shore is out of view

    The storm is approaching
    If only I had known
    If only I had known
    Darkest thoughts encroaching
    I thought that I had grown
    Thought that I had grown

    But all is not lost, no
    All is not lost

    Row, row, row my soul
    The ocean is so troubled
    Row, row, row my soul
    The shore is out of view

    I paddle in the dark
    The water fills my boat
    Water fills my boat
    But then I hear a whisper
    That she will stay afloat
    She will stay afloat
    All is not lost
    All is not lost

    I am not a true believer
    But my spirit has its ways
    So I listen to the whisper
    As I’m tackled by the waves

    Row, row, row my soul
    The ocean is so troubled
    Row, row, row my soul
    The shore is out of view
    Row, row, row, my soul
    Painfulness is doubled
    Row, row, row my soul
    Compass broken, too

    Dominate your fear
    Doubt no more your heart
    The whisper in your ear
    Says faith is where you start

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  4. Francesca Blanchard's album "deux visions" is available now.

    Artist Store: francescablanchard.bandcamp.com
    iTunes: apple.co/1KHXXoA
    Amazon: amzn.to/1UdyoRm

    OFFICIAL WEBSITE: francescablanchard.com
    FACEBOOK: facebook.com/francescablan...
    TWITTER: twitter.com/cheskablanch
    EMAIL LIST SIGNUP: eepurl.com/OnQOb

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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…


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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”. With artfully crafted, intimate songs, sung in French and English, Blanchard has begun to reach a wide audience with recent inclusions on three Putumayo collections as well as opening slots for Joan Armatrading, Suzanne Vega, Caravan Palace and others.

Pouring her heart into delicate melodies written for the acoustic guitar, Blanchard’s debut album deux visions was produced by Chris Velan (Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars), mixed by acclaimed Montreal producer Jean Massicotte (Lhasa, Patrick Watson, Arthur H, Jorane) and mastered at the prestigious Metropolis Studios in London. The album reflects Francesca’s travels, both physical and emotional, with influences ranging from Norah Jones and Carla Bruni to Eva Cassidy and Francoise Hardy.

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