We've featured UK singer-songwriter Frances
a lot on the site - her single "No Matter"
was a wistful ball of energy while "Say It Again"
was an intimate love song - both equally as infectious. While prepping for her debut album, Things I've Never Said
, to drop on March 17th, she's been working on other projects, like contributing her song, "What Is Love?", to the Fifty Shades Darker
soundtrack alongside the likes of Taylor Swift, ZAYN, Halsey, Sia, and more. Ahead of her full-length debut, we had the chance to catch up with the singer and ask about what we can expect to hear on the album, the writers/producers she's collaborated with, and what it was like to contribute to a film's soundtrack.
Your debut album Things I've Never Said is coming out this month, what can we expect to find on it?
It's an emotional and soulful album. The songs are very honest, and I'm very proud of it musically as I feel like it represents me as a songwriter and musician at this point in my career/life. My one hope is just for everybody to enjoy it in whatever way they want to. Whether that means crying, singing in the car, tapping their foot or just having it on whilst baking cakes.
Which song are you most excited for fans to hear?
There are some uptempo songs on there which will be new to people, such as "Under Our Feet" and "Drifting." But there are also some ballads that I am so excited for fans to hear, such as "Cloud 9" and "It Isn't Like You" - Even though I know they might make them cry!
What was one of the best moments during the making of this album?
Definitely recording the strings. Especially for a song called "The Last Word." The string parts are really emotional and we all had a little tear in the studio when we recorded them!
You've also worked with some pretty high profile collaborators (Greg Kurstin, Jimmy Napes, Howard Lawrence). What was that like?
That's been amazing. As a songwriter it's just been really inspiring to work with such talented writers, learn about their careers and how they've got to where they are now. The bonus is that we got to write a song for me together but mostly I just found the whole thing incredibly inspiring as a young writer.
And what was it like getting to make a song for the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack? How'd that come about?
It was a dream come true. I've always wanted to write a song for a movie, since I was a teenager! It's just one of those things that as a songwriter is a real achievement. I went to meet the team that put the music together for the movie about a year ago, just to play them some of my songs to keep me in their minds as a writer for anything they were working on. A few months later they gave me a call about giving something a go for the new fifty shades movie, I obviously went straight into the studio and worked and worked until I felt I had something worthy of sending to them! Thank goodness they liked it and it was so surreal hearing it in the cinema!
Frances will also be performing at Joe's Pub in New York on March 27th and at The Troubador in Los Angeles on March 29th.