About Francesca Reggio
Los Angeles, CA
Francesca Reggio is almost the girl next-door. She’s cute, spunky and talented with a voice that will blow your mind, but she’s no blue-eyed waif with an empty smile. This is a girl who’s lived life, and has written the songs to prove it.
“When I was a kid,” Francesca relates, “I had a notebook of songs that I would write in every day. I wrote songs about anything and everything. If someone made fun of me in school, I wrote about it. If my mom yelled at me, I wrote about it. If my brother made me mad, I wrote about it.”
Experience, a guitar, and a degree from Berklee College of Music have all contributed to the mature quality of Francesca’s songs, enhancing her hallmark sass and wit.
“You know, my main thing has always been honesty. The songs I write are honest and clear, and when I tell a story, I don’t hide it in cryptic phrases or cloud it with bad language. I don’t think you need to resort to that if you’re a good songwriter.” Listening to her newly released EP, “State of Motion”, Francesca proves she has smarts and sarcasm to spare, as well as a tender side filled with poignant yearning.
As a kid growing up in New Jersey, Francesca spent her time belting out Bon Jovi in her mom’s Buick and watching “Jem and the Holograms” (a cartoon from the ‘80’s about an all-girl rock band) while daydreaming about her own moment in the spotlight. Her high school transition from shy singer to coffee house performer was marked by receiving the prestigious Arion Award for musical excellence and an acceptance letter to Boston’s Berklee College of Music. “Berklee turned my musical world inside-out. It was wonderful, and hard, and inspiring.”
While attending Berklee, Francesca found the time to give back to the community and share her passion for music by becoming a mentor to inner city children as part of the Daniel Marr Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester.
A post-college Francesca found herself having to work as an accountant to supplement her meager income as a musician. “I think that’s something pretty unique about me,” she quips. “I mean, most musicians are terrible with money!”
But her perseverance has paid off, and now Francesca and her band, Blue Shift, are poised to take things to the next level by collaborating with gold-album producer Nicolas Farmakalidis. “I’m so excited to be working with Nicolas,” said Francesca. “I really think he will push me out of my comfort zone and help me re-imagine what is possible musically.”
Nicolas chose Francesca’s original song “Not So Long Ago” to be their collaborative effort, a choice which Francesca says is natural given the song’s driving rhythmic groove and lyrics decrying the hypocrisy of the music industry. “I want to be genuine in everything I do,” Francesca relates. “If that means making music that matters to me and never being a super star because of it, then so be it. I think Nicolas and I are on the same page. But if I could have the chance to do both, I wouldn’t say no!”
When it comes to body image Francesca isn’t afraid to be herself, something that is seen as daring in today’s age of extreme celebrity thinness. “I have a healthy body weight, and I enjoy food. I’m not going to starve myself to be someone else’s ideal of beauty. I’m happy with who I am, and that’s the most important thing.” Francesca speculates that her Rubenesque figure helps her audiences relate to her more. “If I saw a supermodel singing about how she’s lonely and how she can’t find a boyfriend, I’d say, ‘Huh. Really??’ I represent women everywhere who don’t fit society’s standards, and believe we’re beautiful in spite of, or maybe because of that. Women really connect with that idea.”
Francesca’s next goal is finding the right record label to help her reach more people, and spread her sassy and intelligent pop gems around the world.